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Feb. 04, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Environment Bills To Watch In Oregon

As the Oregon legislative session convenes this week, lawmakers face a long list of bills that take on environmental issues. The list includes proposals for a statewide plastic bag ban, a tax on carbon, a tax break for biodiesel made from used cooking oil, and a buffer zone around food waste composting facilities. Continue reading →

Filed under: Land, Toxics, Clean Fuels, Oregon Legislature


Jan. 03, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Detoxifying Your Government Agency

How can one person make the world less toxic? Continue reading →

Filed under: Sustainability, Green chemistry, Metro, Toxics, Outside The Box Stars


Oct. 29, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Conference: What Is Oregon Doing About Air Pollution And Climate Change?

The Environmental Law Education Center  is hosting a one-day conference in Portland today to delve into several state programs that are tackling air pollution and climate change. Continue reading →

Filed under: Air, Climate change, Toxics


July 05, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Q&A: Reducing Toxic Chemicals In Oregon

Kevin Masterson is the toxics coordinator for Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. His main job is to find ways to reduce toxic chemicals in the environment – in air, water and on land.

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Filed under: Air, Sustainability, Water, Environment, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Toxics, Clean Water Act


Jan. 20, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Chinese groups say Apple ignored workers' health

Apple ranks last in concern for worker health on a new list of 29 international technology companies doing business in China. The list was compiled by 36 Chinese environmental groups that accuse Apple of repeatedly ignoring concerns about pollution and the health of the workers at the factories that make Apple product parts. Continue reading →

Filed under: Land, Toxics


Jan. 06, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Cleaning up toxic water so we can eat more fish

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality just announced a series of public hearings on new water quality standards that are designed to reduce toxics in the fish we eat from Oregon streams and lakes. The state agency has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency to design the right water pollution limits for the amount of fish Oregonians eat. In June of 2010, the EPA rejected DEQ's toxic water pollution rules because they were based on a fish consumption rate that was deemed to be too low. Continue reading →

Filed under: Water, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Toxics, Toxics in fish


Dec. 06, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

State of the Willamette River: 5 highs and 5 lows

By Travis Williams Continue reading →

Filed under: Water, Portland Harbor, Superfund, Toxics, Travis Williams, Willamette River, Willamette Riverkeeper


Nov. 29, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

Prize-winning idea: Using light to clean toxic water

Beaverton-based water-purification start-up Puralytics won a $250,000 grand prize last week in the fifth annual Cleantech Open, a competition promoting green innovations. Continue reading →

Filed under: Water, Green technology, Toxics


Nov. 19, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

Radioactive mouse hunt at Hanford

A follow-up to the radioactive rabbit chase earlier this month. From the Tri-City Herald: Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Hanford Site, Toxics


Nov. 09, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

Northwest birds’ beak deformities “truly puzzling”

In a Q&A with Andrew Revkin of the New York Times' DotEarth blog, U.S. Geological Survey scientists Colleen Handel and Caroline Van Hemert elaborated on the news released yesterday that record numbers of wild birds in the Pacific Northwest have been found with beak deformities. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Toxics, U.S. Geological Survey



About Ecotrope

In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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