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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.

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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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Wash. Democrats Roll Out Revised Plan To Cap Carbon Emissions

AP | May 11, 2015 noon

Washington state Democrats are revising Gov. Jay Inslee's cap-and-trade plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions and require largest polluters to pay for their carbon pollution.

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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.