Environment http://kuow.org en Lottery Winner Fined For Illegal Land Clearing On San Juan Island http://kuow.org/post/lottery-winner-fined-illegal-land-clearing-san-juan-island <p>Washington state officials have fined a Virginia man $79,000 for illegal clearing of a San Juan Island shoreline.</p><p>It’s trouble Dave Honeywell of Fredericksburg, Virginia, wouldn’t have gotten into if he hadn’t just won the lottery. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:15:25 +0000 John Ryan 38024 at http://kuow.org Lottery Winner Fined For Illegal Land Clearing On San Juan Island Oregon Shuts Down Sewage Disposal Company After Numerous Violations http://kuow.org/post/oregon-shuts-down-sewage-disposal-company-after-numerous-violations Oregon environmental regulators <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/deq/docs/071014dispViolationsNR.pdf" title="">suspended the license of a waste disposal service this week</a> after the company committed numerous state and federal laws.<p>Among its transgressions, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality: cutting a hole in a pipe leading to a publicly owned water treatment plant in Longview, Washington, and illegally dumping the sewage into it at night. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:26:47 +0000 Tony Schick 38052 at http://kuow.org Oregon Shuts Down Sewage Disposal Company After Numerous Violations New Polling Shows Support In Northwest For Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions http://kuow.org/post/new-polling-shows-support-northwest-limits-greenhouse-gas-emissions The survey was conducted for EarthFix by the independent and nonpartisan firm, DHM Research. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:26:30 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 38051 at http://kuow.org New Polling Shows Support In Northwest For Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions A Debate On The Proposed Killing Of Cormorants To Save Salmon http://kuow.org/post/debate-proposed-killing-cormorants-save-salmon PORTLAND -- The public got its first chance to weigh in on the government's plan to kill nearly 16,000 cormorants nesting on an island near the mouth of the Columbia River.<p>The U.S. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:26:15 +0000 Devan Schwartz 38050 at http://kuow.org A Debate On The Proposed Killing Of Cormorants To Save Salmon Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill http://kuow.org/post/start-wildfire-expect-bill <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070914CL_wildfirecharges_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Whether it’s due to negligence or arson, thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans. And the person or business who starts a fire can expect a bill.<p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:55:03 +0000 Chris Lehman 37963 at http://kuow.org Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire -- In Tree Years Anyway http://kuow.org/post/study-finds-forests-recover-quickly-after-fire-tree-years-anyway <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070914JR_ForestRecovery_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Fire season has come alive in the Northwest. On Monday, 20 homes in Idaho's Sun Valley area were briefly under evacuation when a fire broke out in a nearby canyon. A 5,000-acre fire north of Wenatchee, Washington, continues to threaten houses in the area.<p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:54:41 +0000 Jessica Robinson 37962 at http://kuow.org Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire -- In Tree Years Anyway Washingtonians Could Safely Eat More Fish Under New Water Pollution Rules http://kuow.org/post/washingtonians-could-safely-eat-more-fish-under-new-water-pollution-rules Washington's pollution standards would be made much tougher -- making water clean enough that people can safely eat a daily serving of locally caught fish and shellfish -- under a plan laid out by Gov. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:34:48 +0000 David Steves 37958 at http://kuow.org Washingtonians Could Safely Eat More Fish Under New Water Pollution Rules 'American Catch': How Fish Go From Sea To Table http://kuow.org/post/american-catch-how-fish-go-sea-table <p>David Hyde talks to author Paul Greenberg about his book about fish production called "American Catch." Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:09:44 +0000 David Hyde 37912 at http://kuow.org Governor Inslee Proposes New Water Quality Standards http://kuow.org/post/governor-inslee-proposes-new-water-quality-standards-0 <p>Marcie Sillman speaks with KUOW reporter Ashley Ahearn about the specifics of Governor Jay&nbsp;Inslee's&nbsp;long-awaited proposal for how to improve water quality in Washington. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:16:47 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Ashley Ahearn & Posey Gruener 37965 at http://kuow.org Poll: Most Northwest Residents Support Oil Trains But Don't Know Much About The Issue http://kuow.org/post/poll-most-northwest-residents-support-oil-trains-dont-know-much-about-issue A 56-percent majority of Northwest residents support the transportation of oil by rail to reach West Coast refineries, with the refined oil being used for domestic purposes, according to a new DHM Research poll for EarthFix.<p>However, a 54-percent majority said they have heard or read little or nothing about oil trains.<p>The poll surveyed 1,200 residents across the Northwest – 400 each in Oregon, Washington and Idaho from June 25-30. The margin of error for each state’s results was 4.9 percent. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:45:59 +0000 Tony Schick, Cassandra Profita 37882 at http://kuow.org Poll: Most Northwest Residents Support Oil Trains But Don't Know Much About The Issue Can A 'Bigger Hammer' Stop Oil Refinery Accidents? http://kuow.org/post/can-bigger-hammer-stop-oil-refinery-accidents <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Dave Fehling, energy and environment reporter for StateImpact Texas, an NPR reporting project, about oil refinery accidents and what happens when they're criminally prosecuted. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:50:11 +0000 Ross Reynolds, Phyllis Fletcher & Hannah Burn 37842 at http://kuow.org History Of The EPA: From Bipartisan To Polarized http://kuow.org/post/history-epa-bipartisan-polarized <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Georgetown law professor Lisa Heinzerling about the history of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the change of its scope over time.&nbsp; Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:44:54 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 37825 at http://kuow.org Euthanized Cougar In Portland Reawakens Regional Debate http://kuow.org/post/euthanized-cougar-portland-reawakens-regional-debate A decision by state officials to euthanize a cougar in east Portland last week is drawing criticism from some wildlife experts – and raising questions on how concerned residents should be.<p>Brooks Fahy is the executive director of <a href="http://www.predatordefense.org/index.htm" title="predator defense">Predator Defense</a>, a conservation group based in Eugene.<p>He says Portland residents shouldn’t be too surprised by a cougar sighting.<p>“Cougars have been moving through East Portland and Northwest Portland ... Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:28:57 +0000 editor 37803 at http://kuow.org Euthanized Cougar In Portland Reawakens Regional Debate A Northwest Utility Steps Back From Coal, Pivots To Natural Gas http://kuow.org/post/northwest-utility-steps-back-coal-pivots-natural-gas BOARDMAN, Ore. -- Even before the Obama administration’s recent proposal to curb carbon from coal-fired plants, some utility companies were turning away from coal and using more natural gas.<p>Exhibit A: Portland General Electric’s plans for its Boardman, Oregon location. It’s building a natural gas plant while shutting down its coal plant.<p>Construction crews are busy at PGE’s newest natural gas generating station. They’re getting ready to pour a concrete foundation for the plant.<p>Steve Corson is the spokesman for PGE. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:39:29 +0000 Courtney Flatt 37719 at http://kuow.org A Northwest Utility Steps Back From Coal, Pivots To Natural Gas Study Shows Penguins Endangered By Waning Antarctic Ice http://kuow.org/post/study-shows-penguins-endangered-waning-antarctic-ice Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. A study published in the journal "Nature Climate Change" says, the population of Emperor penguins in Antarctica is in danger. Hal Caswell is a scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He co-authored the report. And he joins us from Amsterdam. Welcome.<p>HAL CASWELL: Thank you.<p>WERTHEIMER: You've been studying the Emperor penguin population in Antarctica. What's happening to them?<p>CASWELL: The Emperor penguin is affected by changes in the sea ice conditions. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 37681 at http://kuow.org