environment

EarthFix Reports
12:25 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Tree Sitters Face Off With Professors Over Logging Plan

Josh Eng, right, prepares to climb up a fir tree with fellow protesters (from left) Brian Garcia, Shannon Wilson and Kate Armstrong. The group is protesting a plan to log the site that was devised by professors.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Amelia Templeton

Last year, the US Bureau of Land Management sold the rights to log a small grove of Douglas firs in Oregon, to a private company called Roseburg Forest Products.

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Environment
9:23 am
Thu December 26, 2013

For Recyclers, Holiday Gift Wrap Is A Mine Field Of 'Contaminants'

Most glittery or metallic wrapping paper can’t be recycled.
King County Solid Waste

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 11:13 am

The same shiny gift wrap and bright bows that make Christmas presents so enticing are exactly what give recycling centers headaches the day after Christmas.

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EarthFix Reports
10:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

4 Weeks In, Locals Feel Pain Of China’s Shellfish Ban

Lydia Sigo, a geoduck diver and member of the Suquamish Tribe, is out of work right now because of China's ban on shellfish imports. She says her mortgage is due. "I can't keep going on like this very long."
Ashley Ahearn

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 6:00 am

SEATTLE -- Ninety percent of the geoduck harvested in Washington are sold to China and Hong Kong. It's an indicator of how much the Northwest shellfish industry relies on exports to China.

The crushing economic impacts of China's move are hitting locals in Puget Sound hard for the holidays.

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EarthFix Reports
9:38 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Penalties Of $2,800 Issued For Wilsonville Bee Deaths

Penalties are in for a company implicated in the deaths of bumblebees in Oregon earlier this year. The most noteable incident killed 50,000 bumblebees in Wilsonville, Ore.
Rich Hatfield, Xerces Society

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 12:16 pm

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has fined pesticide company Collier Arbor Care and four of its employees for the deaths of thousands of bumblebees. The department issued civil penalties and notices of violations to the company for four separate incidents this year.

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EarthFix Reports
9:38 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Wind Tax Credit Set To Expire, Again

A tax credit that wind energy advocates say is important to sustaining the industry is again set to expire Dec. 31.
Courtney Flatt

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 2:32 pm

A tax credit that wind energy advocates say is important to sustaining the industry is set to expire Dec. 31. Wind developers say the tax credit is critical to the growing industry. Without it, wind turbine manufacturing can grind to a halt, as it did after the credit expired in 2012.

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EarthFix Reports
1:46 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Feds: Coal Companies Must Pay To Suppress Dust From Trains

A coal train makes its way through Eastern Washington.
Flickr Photo/Aaron Hockley

A federal board has ruled that the coal companies operating in the Powder River Basin have to take certain measures to reduce the amount of dust that is escaping from coal train cars.

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Energy Market
10:02 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Numbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant

The Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington is battling for public opinion.
Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:02 pm

There’s a new debate raging over the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. But it’s not about safety or how to dispose of nuclear waste.

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Geeks, Indeed
8:30 am
Fri December 20, 2013

KUOW's Word Of The Year Is Astrobiology (You Picked It, Not Us)

Credit Twitter Photo/AstrobiologyNAI

Forget selfies, geeks and science. The word of the year is astrobiology.

According to KUOW.org’s web trends, a search for the term "astrobiology" was the way many of you found your way to our website.*

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Environment
2:58 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Arsenic Was Toxin In Washington Geoduck Shipment To China

Flickr Photo/USDAgov

Officials in Washington have learned that inorganic arsenic was the toxin detected in a shipment of geoduck from their state to China, not the toxin causing paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP, as they previously believed.

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Restoring Tribal Diets
10:42 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Northwest Lab Hopes To Build The World's First Lamprey Hatchery

Pacific lamprey serve as an important food source for Northwest tribes. Their populations have dramatically declined throughout the Columbia River system.
Credit Flickr Photo/USFWS Pacific

Pacific lamprey were once a major staple in Northwest tribes’ diets. The oils were a source of nutrition. Babies used lamprey tails as teething rings.

Now, as numbers decline, lamprey only make it to the table during ceremonies or special occasions. Washington biologists hope to turn those numbers around and in doing so, may create the world's first lamprey hatchery.

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Environment
7:36 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Darigold, EPA Reach Settlement In Chlorine Gas Leak

Darigold has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, after the milk-producing company failed to report a chlorine gas release last year. Darigold will pay $42,000 in the settlement.
Flickr Creative Commons: www.bluewaikiki.com

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 3:54 pm

One of the Northwest’s biggest dairy producers has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s after the milk co-op failed to report a chlorine gas release that required medical treatment for a dozen people.

Chlorine gas is highly toxic. It can make your eyes, nose and mouth burn. If you breathe the gas, it can cause respiratory problems or death.

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Green Machines
7:33 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Northwest Teams Lead A Growing 'Green Sports' Movement

The Portland Trail Blazers' arena has a green building certification of LEED gold. The team has reduced its carbon footprint by 50 percent since 2008.
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Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 1:00 am

Northwest sports teams are leading an effort to use the widespread appeal of basketball, football, baseball and hockey to spread an environmental message.

A group formed by six teams in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., called the Green Sports Alliance set out three years ago to improve the environmental performance of professional sports. The alliance has grown to hundreds of teams across the country that are now competing to see who can be the greenest.

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News From Canada
4:55 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Officials Weigh Proposed Pipeline Expansion In B.C.

David Hyde talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about plans for a second pipeline carrying heavy oil from Alberta to the West Coast.

Shellfish
3:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Taylor Shellfish Says China's Ban Is Hurting Business Already

China's recent ban on Northwest shellfish from Alaska to California is having a big impact on local producers.
Flickr Photo/Cedric Sam

Marcie Sillman talks with Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish about how China's recent ban on Northwest shellfish imports is affecting business.

Time For A Quick Lesson
7:43 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Global Warming Explained, In About A Minute

Jean-Pierre Clatot AFP/Getty Images

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