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Oregon Appeals Court Rules Against Water Permits On Clackamas River

Jan. 6, 2015 12:44 a.m.

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.  

Energy | Environment

Oregon Agency Rejects Environmental Groups' Petition Challenging Oil Trains Permit

Dec. 12, 2014 6 p.m.

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.

Energy | Environment

Two Challenges To Oregon's Coal Export Permit Denial Move Forward

Oct. 3, 2014 12:32 a.m.

The state of Oregon has approved hearings for two of three challenges to the recent Morrow Pacific coal export permit denial.

Energy | Environment

Environmental Groups Say Oregon Got It Wrong With Oil Terminal Permit

Oct. 18, 2014 12:17 a.m.

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.

Energy | Environment

Oregon Denies Permit For Controversial Coal Export Dock

Aug. 18, 2014 8:36 p.m.

Oregon regulators announced Monday they will not issue a permit for a controversial coal export dock in Boardman.

Communities | Environment

Oregon To Decide On Controversial Coal Export Dock Permit Monday

Aug. 15, 2014 4:44 p.m.

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.

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Top Stories: New York Woman Identified As Parks Vandal, Studded Tires Permitted Saturday

Oct. 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.

Energy | Environment

Local Concerns And A New Permit For Oregon's Largest Oil By Rail Terminal

Aug. 19, 2014 7:53 p.m.

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.

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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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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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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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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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Environmental Update

July 29, 2013 7:45 p.m.

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 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

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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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Oregon Legislature Considers New Gun Laws

April 5, 2013 7:06 p.m.

A Senate judiciary committee is holding a public hearing Friday on four bills that would increase gun regulation in Oregon:

  • 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.
We'll check in with reporter Harry Esteve from the Oregonian about highlights from the hearing and what kind of political momentum these bills have.

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