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Forty years ago, Congress enacted the Clean Water Act to end pollution of our rivers, lakes, and bays. But today, in the Northwest and nationwide, most water bodies still don't qualify as clean and new threats to clean water are outpacing the act's enforcers.
A significant source of water pollution, muddy runoff from logging roads, is stirring up controversy in the Northwest. A lawsuit that began in Oregon will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Its ruling will determine exactly how the Clean Water Act applies to the hundreds of thousands of miles of logging and forest roads.
News | Business | Environment | local | EnergyFeb. 8, 2016 8:15 p.m.
A company out of Texas called Waterside Energy has proposed what would be the West Coast’s first refinery in more than 25 years at the Port of Longview on the lower Columbia River. Waterside's plan calls for a facility capable of refining 30,000 barrels of oil and 15,000 barrels of biofuel each day. The proposed project would also include a propane and butane terminal handling 75,000 barrels per day.
The 2012 candidates for Portland mayor, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith, were on OPB's Think Out Loud October 9 for a "candidate conversation.+ Candidates, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith, answered questions about the future of the city, from fluoride to foreclosures, development to diversity.
News | Environment | Politics | localDec. 29, 2015 11:30 p.m.
A measure that would ban commercial bottled water production in Hood River County has qualified for the ballot.
Babies born underwater face no more risks than babies born in other types of midwife-led births, according to new research from a team at Oregon State University.
The move doesn’t block Nestle’s bid to draw spring water, but will make it easier for opponents to fight the deal.
High waters are starting to recede around the region after deadly storms caused flooding around the region, and prompted Washington’s governor to declare a state of emergency.