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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

Energy | Environment

More Rail Congestion And Noise Among Impacts Of Longview Coal Terminal

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

Train traffic congestion and railroad noise are two of the major impacts of the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project in Longview, Washington, according to the latest environmental review.

Energy | Environment

Environmental Risks Identified For Grays Harbor Oil Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Regulators say an oil terminal proposed for a coastal Washington state harbor poses several environmental problems.

Energy | Climate change | Environment

Environmental Groups Rally For More Fossil Fuel Restrictions In Portland

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 13, 2016 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Climate activists say the city of Portland’s proposal to ban "bulk" fossil fuel terminals isn’t restrictive enough. They're calling for a ban on all fossil fuel terminals.

Environment | Sustainability

Catio Tour Promotes Safe Backyard Habitat For Cats and Birds

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 13, 2016 10:01 a.m. | Portland

More than 1,200 people signed up for this year's tour of Portland's catios – enclosed outdoor patios that aim to protect both cats and backyard wildlife.

Animals | NW Life | Environment | News

BLM Drops Plan To Surgically Sterilize Wild Horses In SE Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 9, 2016 2:15 p.m.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has dropped plans to surgically sterilize more than 200 wild mares at a facility in southeast Oregon.

Water | local | Environment | News

Portland Says Harbor Superfund Cleanup Plan Strikes The Right Balance

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 5, 2016 3:38 p.m. | Portland

Leaders with the city of Portland say the $746 million plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site isn't perfect, but it's good enough to move forward.

Nation | Health | Politics | News

Wyden Says EpiPen Maker May Owe Taxpayers Money

OPB | Sept. 5, 2016 2:07 p.m. | Portland

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says the maker of the allergy drug EpiPen may owe taxpayers a lot of money for failing to reimburse Medicaid properly over the past decade.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Court Rules Corps Can Continue Killing Cormorants

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 1, 2016 6 p.m.

A federal district court judge found the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke the law in approving a plan to kill cormorants on the Columbia River, but he allowed the plan to go forward.

Environment | Forestry

Fungal Disease Grows Among Douglas Fir Trees On Oregon Coast

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 19, 2016 3:45 p.m.

A new survey finds a growing number of Douglas fir trees in the Oregon Coast Range have been infected over the past decade with the fungal disease known as Swiss needle cast.

Communities | Environment | Forestry

Restoration Work Begins On Historic Kitchen At Oregon's Hebo Lake

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 10, 2016 4:15 p.m.

A national preservation group's first Northwest project is at the South Oregon Coast's Hebo Lake, where volunteers will soon begin restoring a historic community kitchen built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Climate change | Environment | Forestry

Drought, Climate Change Slow Growth Of Douglas Fir Forests: Study

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 9, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

A new study finds the West is likely to see slower-growing Douglas fir trees in the future, as temperatures and droughts increase with climate change.

Environment | Forestry

Wyden Wants Trade Restrictions On Flow of Cheap Canadian Lumber

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 3, 2016 3 p.m. | Portland

As the U.S. and Canada renegotiate an expired trade agreement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is calling for restrictions on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S.

Environment | Sustainability | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

In Portland, Earthquake Drill Underscores A Need For Volunteers

OPB/EarthFix | July 12, 2016 2:24 p.m. | Portland

Communities across the Northwest simulated their response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. One of the takeaways in Portland was that first responders are going to need backup.

Environment | Forestry

Timber Industry Pays Linn County's Legal Bills In State Forest Lawsuit

OPB/EarthFix | July 11, 2016 3 p.m.

Court documents show the timber industry is footing the bill for Linn County’s $1.4 billion lawsuit over logging in Oregon state forests.

Energy | Environment

Lawsuit Aims To Stop Oil Spills From Grand Coulee Dam

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2016 4 p.m. | Portland

The environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over oil spills from Grand Coulee Dam.

Environment | Air

Advocates Call For Oregon To Stop Renewing Air Pollution Permits

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Portland

Clean air advocates are calling on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to stop renewing air pollution permits until new rules are in place.

Water | Environment

Legal Dispute Filed Over Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup

OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Portland

Seven companies have filed a legal dispute with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the plans to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

North Portland Residents Complain Of Flawed Air Testing

OPB/EarthFix | June 21, 2016 7:30 a.m. | Portland

North Portland residents told state officials Monday night that air testing in their neighborhood was flawed and doesn’t address their longstanding concerns about strong paint odors.

Energy | Environment

Portland City, County Leaders Call On Governor To Help Stop Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | June 14, 2016 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Leaders with the city of Portland, Multnomah County and Columbia River tribes are urging Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to work with Congress and President Obama to permanently ban oil trains in Oregon.

Water | Environment

EPA Proposes $746M Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup

OPB | June 8, 2016 12:26 p.m. | Portland

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will take 30 years and more than $746 million to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.