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A conservation group has convinced Oregon's Court of Appeals that state-approved water permits in the Clackamas River could have been bad for threatened fish.
Environmental groups filed a petition with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in October asking the agency to reconsider its air quality permit for an oil train terminal on the Columbia River. This week the agency denied the petition.
The state of Oregon has approved hearings for two of three challenges to the recent Morrow Pacific coal export permit denial.
Local and national environmental groups filed a petition Friday claiming Oregon erred in granting an air quality permit to Oregon’s largest oil train terminal.
Oregon regulators announced Monday they will not issue a permit for a controversial coal export dock in Boardman.
Oregon regulators plan to decide Monday whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock in Boardman to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.
News | local | OPB News BlogOct. 31, 2014 2:21 p.m.
Headlines for Friday, Oct. 31: The National Park Service has identified a primary suspect in vandalism cases at national parks in the West, studded tires can be used starting Saturday, an OSU study says Ebola could be contained by March, and more.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality approved a new air quality permit Tuesday for Oregon’s only oil train terminal in Clatskanie and received roughly 1,400 comments in the process.
The city of Portland passed new rules regulating short-term rentals in August, but few people have applied for the necessary permits to make their rentals legal.
For a small coastal community just outside the city of Bandon in Southern Oregon, the tension between conservation efforts and quality of life has been brought to the forefront this summer. Residents who live near the newly expanded 420-acre Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge have been plagued by a massive uptick in the mosquito population this summer. The mosquito problem has confined residents to their homes and the community says it has even yielded economic consequences by driving away summer tourists. U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials say the increased mosquito population stems from high tides this year that have drawn water inland, creating a fertile breeding ground of standing water for the mosquito hatches. Frustrated residents have been looking to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which restored and manages the marsh, for answers and solutions. Officials at U.S. Fish and Wildlife are working to resolve to problem, and have issued a limited permit to Coos County for the use of some pesticides in the area. However, residents are still looking for a long-term solution and wondering who will foot the bill.
After a delayed vote following the recent oil train disaster in Canada, the approval of a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington was announced on July 23rd. On Saturday, protesters with 350.org responded with a rally in Vancouver to bring attention to oil, climate change and liquid natural gas export. In addition to the approval from the Port of Vancouver commissioners, there are more steps required in order to begin work on the project, such as Governor Jay Inslee's approval and permitting from the State of Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.
President Obama delivered an anticipated climate change speech today where he outlined tough new policies to reduce carbon emissions. Points of the plan distributed in advance of the speech. The administration will:
- Direct the EPA to establish carbon pollution standards for new and existing power plants
- Make up to eight billion in loans available for investing in innovative technology
- Permit more renewable energy projects on public land
- Strengthen fuel economy standards
- SB 700 would require a person to pass a criminal background check for all gun transactions except between immediate family members.
- SB 796 would require anyone applying for a concealed handgun permit to pass a firing range test.
- SB 347 would prohibit people with concealed handgun permits to possess a firearm on school grounds.
- SB 699 would prohibit the possession of firearms in public buildings such as the Capitol building in Salem.