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Oregon Senate Confirms New Members of Environmental Quality Commission

OPB/EarthFix | May 2, 2017 3:08 p.m.

The Oregon Senate has confirmed three new members of the state’s Environmental Quality Commission.  

Health | News | Air | local | Education

2 Vancouver-Area Schools Test High For Radon

OPB | March 21, 2017 3:17 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Classrooms in Washington’s fifth largest school district are undergoing tests for radon. Evergreen Public Schools recently announced above average levels in two facilities in the Vancouver area.

Politics | local | Air | Environment | News

Will Oregon Regulate Carbon Emissions?

Statesman Journal | Feb. 21, 2017 9:14 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon Legislature is again considering regulating carbon emissions, possibly in the form of a cap-and-trade system that would link to those already in place in California and Quebec.

Climate change | Air | Environment | Pacific Ocean

A Blob In The Ocean Means More Ozone In The Air

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:16 p.m. | Seattle

A University of Washington scientist discovered surprising spikes in air pollution in recent years. What was even more surprising was their cause.

Climate change | Energy | Air | Environment | Sustainability

Oregon DEQ Says Cap And Trade Could Reduce Carbon Emissions At Lower Costs

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Reducing carbon emissions in Oregon could be achieved through an approach known as cap and trade with little impact on the state’s overall economy, according to a new study.

Climate change | Election | Air | Environment

Fact Check: Sound Transit Ballot Measure Not A Big Climate Saver

KUOW | Nov. 4, 2016 5:30 p.m. | Seattle

In a year that has broken record after high-temperature record, two initiatives on the ballot claim to be major advances in fighting climate change. KUOW fact-checks the initiative claims.

Air | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Gov. Brown Promises 'Sweeping Change' From New Air Pollution Rules

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 18, 2016 1:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is promising “sweeping change” from the new state air pollution rule-making process now underway.

Air | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Oregon Governor’s Advisor Tapped to Lead Environmental Agency For Now

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 4, 2016 4:15 p.m.

Richard Whitman is Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's natural resource policy director. But soon he will become the interim director of the troubled Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Environment | local | Air | Arts | News | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Uroboros' Impending Closure Deals Another Blow To NW Art Glass

OPB | Sept. 30, 2016 10:27 p.m. | Portland

North Portland art glass supplier Uroboros is the second this year to see the end of the line.

Communities | Air | Environment

With Few Rules For Home Demolitions, Threat Of Lead Dust Worries Neighbors

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 19, 2016 11:45 a.m. | Portland

While health officials are working to reduce exposure after waves of concern about lead in drinking water and industrial emissions, many say the lack of protections for home demolitions are a gap in regulations.