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Health | Water | local | Environment | NewsJune 1, 2016 6:15 p.m.
Communities across the Northwest were shocked recently to discover dangerously high lead levels in their water. How did this happen, and what’s being done to fix the problem? Find all of our coverage on this ongoing issue here, at OPB.org/lead.
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.
Business | local | Energy | Environment | NewsFeb. 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.
Health | Education | local | News | Lead In The WaterAug. 8, 2016 8 p.m.
Trina Harper's daughter had lead in her blood. Not high levels, but numbers that are perhaps too high for a girl with kidney disease. And Harper believes PPS is to blame for it.
Individuals could be on their own for two weeks after the Cascadia Subduction Zone quake. Make sure you're prepared by having enough water ready.