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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.

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EPA Report Details Oregon Chemical Releases

Statesman Journal | Jan. 26, 2015 1:12 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The quantity of toxic chemicals released to Oregon's air, land and water decreased by 18 percent in 2013, according to new data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Q&A: Oil Trains In The Northwest

OPB | Jan. 15, 2015 5:15 p.m.

EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn talked to OPB's Spencer Raymond about what happened Thursday when Washington lawmakers held their first hearings on oil train safety concerns.