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Environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement Friday reinstating rules meant to protect salmon and steelhead from insecticides.
Federal environmental agencies announced Thursday they may reject Oregon's approach to keeping coastal waterways clean.
Federal environmental agencies announced Thursday they may reject Oregon’s approach to keeping coastal waterways clean.
Three environmental groups will make the case in court Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to act on their petition to the agency to ban a common pesticide used on many Northwest crops.
Thursday's notice warns the EPA of two lawsuits. One asks the agency to restrict pollution from tractors and other vehicles. The other concerns emissions from ships and aircraft.
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Portland filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky's new documentary tracks the fate of a single brown pelican caught up in the 2010 BP oil spill. She talks about her experience making the film and why the act of saving a bird is important.
Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were in West Salem this week to meet with residents who are concerned about a possible "cancer cluster" in their community. There have been five documented cases of a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer — osteosarcoma — in young people within a two mile area. State and federal officials are not ready to classify this as a cancer cluster, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as a "greater-than-expected number of cases." But the parents who signed the petition asking the EPA to investigate possible causes aren't concerned about numbers. They're thinking about the children who have already died from this disease and the teenager who is still struggling to recover from it.
In 2010, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that runoff from logging roads can be considered water pollution and that loggers need to get permits for those roads under the Clean Water Act. Then the real wrangling began. The ruling was appealed to the Supreme court. Congress delayed implementation of the requirement. And this past May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it won't require Clean Water Act permits for logging roads. The Supreme Court is expected to announce whether or not it will take up this question within the next week, but there's a good chance it will decline; the Obama Administration's Solicitor General, which the court asked for guidance, argued that this could be addressed "more definitively and in a more nuanced fashion" by Congress and the EPA.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two Idaho landowners who sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding a plot of land they hope to build on. But the decision doesn't mean that the couple, Mike and Chantell Sackett, will be able to start building. The dispute started back in 2007 when the EPA informed the Sacketts they could not build on their recently purchased plot because the property was designated as a wetland. The Supreme Court case wasn't about whether the Sacketts could build on the land. Instead, it was about whether they could dispute the land's classification as a wetland. According to the Sacketts, their property doesn't count as a wetland. The court unanimously ruled that the Sacketts, and other property owners, can challenge the EPA over compliance orders as soon as those orders are issued. That still leaves a long road ahead for the Sacketts, who will now take part in a legal battle over the designation of their property as a wetland.
local | Environment | News | Think Out LoudJune 15, 2016 3:39 p.m.
We learn about the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft clean-up plan for the Willamette River Superfund site. And we take you on a radio road trip down route 395 from Pendleton to John Day.
Northwest native William Ruckelshaus was the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Salmon is sacred to some tribes. It’s a vital business to commercial fisherman. It’s a wildlife management issue for government agencies, a fish in need of protection to environmentalists, and an infinitely complex species to scientists. All these groups have an interest in seeing a healthy population of salmon but what's the best way to accomplish that goal? Most salmon eaten today comes from hatcheries. Is hatchery fishing a good thing or not? Proponents, including several native tribes, say hatcheries help strengthen the salmon population. But some scientists and environmentalists argue that hatcheries breed a kind of "super salmon" that behaves differently from wild salmon and actually threatens the wild fish. Early efforts to improve salmon run by changing logging practices underscored some of the complexities of tampering with nature. How will hatcheries be viewed in 20 years time?
Like timber before it, some view biomass as more than just trees - it offers the promise of new jobs and a different approach to forest management. In the Northwest the process of converting energy from organic materials begins with wood, and as some lawmakers see it, ends with Oregon being a world leader in a new form of energy. 2011 has been a good year for biomass proponents so far. Oregon lawmakers from both sides of the aisle praised a three-year extension by the Environmental Protection Agency to allow biomass development to continue without tough restrictions. Governor Kitzhaber supports biomass as a renewable energy source, and has put the implementation of biomass high on his agenda. Negotiations have been going on for months about a plan to convert Portland General Electric's Boardman power plant from being coal-fired to burning biomass. However, not everyone sees biomass as a sustainable source of energy. Some worry that biomass leads to deforestation. Others have concerns that biomass may emit more greenhouse gasses than coal.