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Report Shows 1,500 Oil Train Cars Per Week Through Washington

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 19, 2017

In the final three months of 2016, railroads hauled 618 million gallons of oil through Washington. That means more than 1,500 rail cars every week hauling flammable crude oil through the state.  

Why A Small Texas Town Wants Oregon’s Nuclear Waste

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 19, 2017

Communities from Oregon to New York may be clamoring to get nuclear waste out of their backyards, but one small town in west Texas is actively vying to store it.

Settlement Reached To Stop Oil Spills At Grand Coulee Dam

NWPR/EarthFix | Jan. 19, 2017

Operators of the biggest dam in the Northwest will have to reduce oil spills that pollute the Columbia River under a settlement reached by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and an environmental group.

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As Smith Rock Crowds Skyrocket, A New Plan Will Shape Park's Future

Statesman Journal | Jan. 20, 2017 8:21 a.m.

A sharp increase in visitors, which have almost doubled since 2010, has stretched the park to capacity. An update to the park's master plan will guide decisions into the future.

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Renowned Mexican Environmentalist Isidro Baldenegro Lopez Is Murdered

NPR | Jan. 19, 2017 2:46 p.m.

His death is the latest indication of the danger to environmental activists in many countries. Honduran indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres was killed in 2016.

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Conservation Groups Sue To Get More Water To Klamath Wildlife Refuges

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 18, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The five refuges straddling the Oregon-California border comprise some of the most important migratory bird habitat on the West Coast. Conservation groups saying they're being shorted on water.

Environment | Nation | Election

Nominee To Lead EPA Testifies He'll Enforce Environmental Laws

NPR | Jan. 18, 2017 5:07 p.m.

Scott Pruitt also told a Senate committee on Wednesday it's not clear how to measure humanity's effect on the climate. As attorney general of Oklahoma, he has filed many lawsuits against the agency.

Water | Agriculture | Environment

Washington Cracks Down On Mega-Dairy Water Pollution

NWPR/EarthFix | Jan. 18, 2017 4:45 p.m.

Washington is requiring dairies with 200 or more cows to apply for  updated water quality permits. The new regulations are meant to curb water pollution from livestock manure.

Agriculture | Environment | Land

Federal Approval Of GM Grass Seed Sparks Outcry

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 18, 2017 4 p.m.

A decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate a genetically modified grass seed has raised concerns about contamination in Oregon’s billion-dollar grass seed industry.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Nation

Dozens Of False Killer Whales Mysteriously Strand Themselves In Florida

NPR | Jan. 18, 2017 2:46 p.m.

At least 82 of the animals have died during the mysterious event on a remote coast in Florida's Everglades National Park. The species is part of the dolphin family and forms strong social bonds.

Environment | Energy | Election

EPA Critic To Get Sharp Questions On Industry Ties As He Vies To Run Agency

NPR | Jan. 18, 2017 10:26 a.m.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has sparked controversy for his denial of climate science and his ties to fossil-fuel interests. Here's what to expect in Wednesday's confirmation hearing.

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Democratic Attorneys General Urge Rejection Of Trump's EPA Nominee

AP | Jan. 18, 2017 9:43 a.m. | Boston

The Democratic attorneys general of eight states and the District of Columbia are urging the U.S. Senate to reject Republican President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency.

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2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

NPR | Jan. 18, 2017 8:03 a.m.

Global temperatures soared above the 20th century average last year, as the climate continues to change. It hasn't been this hot since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880.


Battle Ready: The Digital Documentary

> | Dec. 01, 2016

Watch our Battle Ready digital documentary. Explore the military's environmental legacy in the Pacific Northwest.

After Pushback, Oregon Scraps Report Linking Private Forests To Water Quality Risks

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 06, 2017

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality wrote a report that identified logging as a contributor to known risks for drinking water quality in communities up and down the Oregon coast. But the report has never been published.  

At Lyle Falls, Tribal Fishermen Carry On A Longstanding Tradition

OPB | Dec. 18, 2016

At Lyle Falls, Washington’s Klickitat River rushes toward the Columbia River Gorge. It’s one of a few places where members of the Yakama Tribe still fish from scaffolds using dip nets.

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