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Washington Governor Chris Gregoire puts one long running environmental controversy to bed Friday. She’ll travel to Centralia to sign into law a phase out of coal-fired electricity generation in the state. But meanwhile, another coal controversy is heating up in another part of Washington.
As October rains upon us, a round up some of the big news and great reports from our team and from other outlets in September.
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a first-of-its-kind database Wednesday identifying power plants as the top greenhouse gas polluters. The new database allows anyone with computer access to discover the sources in their community of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases that contribute to a warming climate.
Thousands of people enjoy the Columbia River Gorge each year. They splash in the waterfall pools and hike the trails. But few people return home with a clear pictures of the beauty there because haze shrouds the gorge. The Columbia River Gorge is a natural funnel for pollution, stretching more than 85 miles of the Washington-Oregon border.
Northwest utilities are fighting pressure to end all use of coal-fired power -- even when it's generated in places like Utah and Montana.
Energy | Transportation | NewsJan. 12, 2015 4:57 p.m.
There are four public electric car charging stations in Cowlitz County, Washington, but only one gets used on a daily basis and one hasn't been used at all since it was installed in August.
Another group in Washington is raising concerns over whether the state's rail infrastructure can safely support an increase in oil trains. This time it's the state's rail safety regulators.
A lot of the biggest Northwest environmental stories surrounded energy issues. Coal plants in Centralia, WA, and Boardman, OR both faced pressure to close their doors sooner than planned. Those closures come at the same time that Longview, WA and Bellingham, WA proposed coal export terminals to ship the resource to China. Idaho joined in on the national push toward "fracking" for natural gas. And the federal decision to postpone the Keystone XL oil pipeline has raised the question of whether we'll see more oil tankers in NW waters as companies look for other routes to carry oil to China. The national Solyndra controversy raised questions about the certainty of investments in the local renewable energy industry. The wind and hydroelectric industries tried to work out the kinks of how to deal with the times when too much energy gets generated by both sources. And the Japanese tsunami that led to the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis and cleanup has raised quesitons everywhere about the safety of nuclear energy.
The outdoor concert favorite is back again, this year presenting an operatic performance of Shakespeare's Otello for music fans. Learn more about Summer Fest and the opera singers appearing in Washington Park and at Concordia University.
6 shows in 7 days this week: Bobby Bare, Jr. plays the Great Northwest Music Tour, sponsored by opbmusic.
Folk-rock band The David Mayfield Parade plays The Great Northwest Music Tour - with four opportunities to see them (free!) this week.