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What Exporting LNG From Oregon’s South Coast Could Mean For The Environment

April 11, 2014 1:30 p.m.

Energy regulators’ first-draft assessment of the Jordan Cove Energy Project’s environmental impact is expected out this spring. That would come on the heels of the approval in March of a permit to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries like China and India.

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Few Graywater Permits Issued Despite Drought

July 20, 2015 4:49 p.m.

Oregon is one of a few states that allows residential drain water to be re-used for other purposes, but very few permits have been issued.

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Regulators Deny Permit For Export Coal Dock

Aug. 20, 2014 7:45 p.m.

We'll discuss the decision not to issue a permit to build a coal export dock in Boardman.

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PPS Superintendent Carole Smith | News Roundtable: June 10 | Aquatic Squatters Update | Mailbag

June 9, 2016 4:06 p.m.

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith tells us what she’s doing in the wake of lead being found in multiple Portland schools. We dig into some of the biggest stories of the week with our news roundtable. And we get an update on people living in boats on the Willamette River without permits.

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No New Wells In Harney County

June 24, 2015 10:16 p.m.

The Oregon Water Resources Department is concerned that the groundwater may be too low in parts of Harney County and has stopped issuing permits for new wells.

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Portland Airbnb Hosts Are Slow To Comply With Regulations

Nov. 12, 2014 8:15 p.m.

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.

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Parsing President Obama's Climate Plan

June 25, 2013 7:06 p.m.

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

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The Unwelcome Mosquitoes Of Bandon Marsh

Aug. 29, 2013 7:06 p.m.

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.

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