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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 Envelopes 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.

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Court Sends Coal Pollution Rules Back To EPA

AP | June 10, 2015 11:45 a.m. | BILLINGS, Mont.

A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze in the atmosphere from the burning of coal in Montana for electricity consumed across the Pacific Northwest.

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NW Push For Clean Fuels Could Mean More Crude, New Refinery

OPB | May 26, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Portland

The push for cleaner fuels in Oregon and Washington has led to proposals that would bring the region more crude oil and a new refinery along the Columbia River.

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Governor Announces Plans To Boost Air Quality In 2 Counties

AP | April 16, 2015 7:48 a.m.

Gov. Kate Brown announced a $1.5 million program to replace old wood stoves and fireplaces in two Oregon counties.

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EPA Awards Oregon $1.5M To Cut Diesel Emissions

OPB | April 15, 2015 10:44 a.m.

The grant will replace 23 heavy-duty, short-haul diesel trucks that, according to the EPA, drive more than 1.3 million miles every year in the Portland area.

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US Capitol Lockdown Lifted After Man Fatally Shoots Himself

AP | April 11, 2015 11:47 a.m.

A precautionary lockdown of the U.S. Capitol was lifted after about two hours Saturday following a suicide by a man carrying a protest sign.

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Northwest Residents, With Wood To Burn, Among Top Polluters

AP | March 8, 2015 11:45 a.m.

Oregon, Idaho, and Washington residents are among the top polluters in the nation when it comes to fine particle emissions from burning wood to heat homes.

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Opponents of Leaded Aviation Fuel Could Be In For Long Wait

OPB | Feb. 17, 2015 noon

The EPA has yet to declare an “endangerment finding” for leaded aviation fuel, meaning it hasn’t said whether aircraft emissions are endangering public health or welfare.