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Washington Takes Legal Action Over Volkswagen's Diesel Pollution

OPB | Nov. 16, 2015 4 p.m.

The state says the automaker exposed residents to harmful air pollution by intentionally cheating on federal emissions tests.

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City Of Portland Considers Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Ban

OPB | Nov. 4, 2015 10:20 a.m. | Portland

Portland is considering two resolutions that oppose the expansion of any project to transport or store fossil fuels.

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Smog Levels May Be Low In The Northwest But The Region Is Not In The Clear

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 7, 2015 2:09 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

New ozone rules from the EPA won't immediately ding Northwest communities, but pollution challenges remain.

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Oregon and Washington In Good Shape With New National Ozone Standards

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 1, 2015 noon | Ashland, Oregon

High concentrations of smog in the Northwest are relatively rare. 

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3 Questions For Volkswagen Diesel Owners In The Northwest

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 23, 2015 4:19 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Volkswagen is engulfed in a scandal after admitting to cheating on emissions testing. And that might have Volkswagen owners a little nervous. 

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Wildfire Smoke And Outdoor Theater Don't Mix

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 24, 2015 10:15 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

In Ashland, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the “show-must-go-on” mantra of the theater has given way to continuous air quality checks and tough show-time decisions.

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Smoke From Washington Fires Blanket Willamette Valley

OPB | Aug. 22, 2015 6:39 p.m. | Portland

The smoke caused harmful air quality for residents in Southwest Washington and the Willamette Valley.

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Drones Increasingly Force Firefighting Aircraft To Ground

OPB | July 17, 2015 10:22 a.m.

Federal forest managers say drones flown by hobbyists and photographers have interfered with firefighting efforts at least eight times this year, in California, Washington, Colorado, Utah, and Minnesota. 

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Wildfire Smoke Envelops Large Parts Of British Columbia

OPB | July 7, 2015 4:15 p.m. | Portland

NASA said the blanket of smoke is coming from the the Boulder Creek Fire complex that’s been burning since June northeast of Vancouver and now cover about 58 square miles.

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Oregon Drops $20,000 Fine Against Pilot In Herbicide Drift Case

OPB | July 1, 2015 6 p.m. | Portland

In a settlement it reached Wednesday, the Oregon Department of Agriculture agreed to drop $20,000 in fines against a pilot who misled the state during an investigation into herbicide drift.