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Cassandra Profita

Cassandra Profita is a reporter for EarthFix,an environmental journalism collaboration led by OPB in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger.

She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.

Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.

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Recent Articles

Land use | Environment | Sustainability | Health

Portland Family Faces The Reality Of A Lead-Poisoned Child

OPB/EarthFix | May 24, 2016 9 p.m.

News of toxic lead in the air and water have many parents on high alert. Lead poisoning in children can cause permanent brain damage. One Portland family is confronting that reality.

Environment | News | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland Chrome Plating Company Cited For Air Pollution Violations

OPB/EarthFix | May 20, 2016 2:45 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has cited a Portland chrome plating company for three violations of air pollution rules.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Air Testing Shows Elevated Nickel, Chromium And Arsenic Near Precision Castparts

OPB/EarthFix | May 20, 2016 2:15 p.m. | Portland

Air testing near the Southeast Portland manufacturing company Precision Castparts found elevated levels of three heavy metals, but officials say there is no immediate public health threat.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Thousands Of Cormorants Abandon Their Nests On The Columbia River

OPB/EarthFix | May 19, 2016 5:15 p.m.

Officials say thousands of cormorants have abandoned their nests on an island in the Columbia River and they don’t know why.

Environment | Technology | Business | The Circuit: Tracking America's Electronic Waste

NW E-Cycle Programs Tested By Electronic Waste Exports

OPB/EarthFix | May 19, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Portland

News of a major Northwest recycler's illicit e-waste exports stunned state regulators and auditors, showing their limited ability to ensure e-waste is handled properly in a complex and global industry.  

Politics | Environment | Water | local | Election | News

Nestle Water Bottling Plant Backers Haven't Given Up After Ban Passes

OPB/EarthFix | May 18, 2016 3:45 p.m.

Voters in Hood River County voted Tuesday to ban commercial water bottling and block a proposed Nestle plant, but the company and its backers haven't given up.

Election | Water | Election 2016

Hood River County Voters Approve Water Bottling Ban

OPB | May 17, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Hood River County voters have approved a ban on commercial water bottling, blocking  Nestle's proposed bottling plant in Cascade Locks.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Protesters Call For Feds To Stop Killing Cormorants

OPB/EarthFix | May 17, 2016 4 p.m.

Dozens of protesters rallied outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Portland Tuesday. They’re calling for federal officials to stop killing cormorants on the Columbia River.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Anacortes Climate Protest Clashes With Heron Nesting Season

OPB/EarthFix | May 11, 2016 7:45 p.m.

Environmental protesters will rally to block the oil flowing to refineries -- raising a ruckus in the midst of the Salish Sea’s largest colony of great blue herons.

Environment | Energy

Army Corps Denies Permit For Puget Sound Coal Export Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | May 9, 2016 11:33 a.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is denying a permit for the proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Washington.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Judge Rejects Feds' Latest Plan To Help Salmon Survive Columbia River Dams

OPB/EarthFix | May 4, 2016 3:15 p.m.

In a ruling Wednesday, Federal District Court Judge Michael Simon rejected the government's latest plan for protecting salmon in the Columbia River Basin, saying the system of fish-blocking dams “cries out for a new approach.”

Election | Environment | Politics | Water

Ballot Measure Aims To Block Water Bottling Plant In The Columbia Gorge

OPB/EarthFix | May 1, 2016 9:45 p.m. | Cascade Locks, Oregon

A measure on this month’s ballot asks Hood River County voters to ban commercial water bottling in an effort to block Nestle from building a $50 million plant in the Columbia River Gorge.

Environment | Energy

Environmental Impacts Linked To Columbia River Coal Project

OPB/EarthFix | April 29, 2016 3:15 p.m.

Coal dust, greenhouse gas emissions, noise and traffic congestion are among the environmental impacts of the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, according to a draft report released Friday.

Environment | News | Air | local | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland State University Launches New Toxic Air Pollution Study

OPB/EarthFix | April 27, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland State University, the city of Portland and Multnomah County announced plans Wednesday to spend $125,000 on a two-year study of the city’s toxic air pollution.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Oregon Commission Approves New Pollution Rules For Glassmakers

OPB/EarthFix | April 21, 2016 1:30 p.m.

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to approve new air pollution restrictions for colored glassmakers statewide.

Communities | Air | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Neighbors To North Portland Polluter Say DEQ Ignored Their Complaints

OPB/EarthFix | April 20, 2016 10 p.m. | Portland

An EarthFix examination finds Oregon regulators routinely fail to conduct thorough investigations of air and odor complaints. They do less than regulators in neighboring California and Washington to resolve complaints and control nuisance odors.  

Environment | News | Air

Neighbors Protest Daimler At New Headquarters In Portland

OPB/EarthFix | April 19, 2016 1:31 p.m.

Neighbors of the Daimler Trucks manufacturing plant on Swan Island protested the opening of the company's new corporate headquarters in Portland Tuesday.

Environment | News | Air | local | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

EPA: Portland Glassmakers Should Have Had Pollution Controls

OPB/EarthFix | April 13, 2016 6:44 p.m. | Portland

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says two artistic glassmakers in Portland should have installed pollution controls on their furnaces under existing national rules.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Bullseye Glass Resumes Using Cadmium With Pollution Controls

OPB/EarthFix | April 12, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Bullseye Glass has announced it plans to resume using cadmium in its glassmaking operation now that the company has installed a pollution control device to reduce harmful emissions.

Environment | Air

Oregon House Speaker Criticizes DEQ Investigation Of Swan Island Odors

OPB/EarthFix | April 11, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek calls on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to delay deciding whether to accept staff findings that  paint fumes from a North Portland truck manufacturer do not pose a nuisance to neighbors.