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Sale Of Storage Tanks Raises Concerns About An Oil Terminal In Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | May 23, 2017

A proposal by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the lower Columbia River has raised concerns about a potential oil-by-rail terminal in Oregon.

Oregon Rules Portland Must Build Costly Water Treatment Facility

OPB | May 23, 2017

The Portland Water Bureau learned this month it has lost a key exemption to federal water testing rules, meaning the city must build a water treatment facility.

What The Northwest Could Learn From Japan's Eco-Friendly 'Smart Homes'

OPB/EarthFix | May 22, 2017

Japan's "smart homes" combine solar panels, electric cars and batteries not only to save energy but also to supply their own power when disaster strikes.

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How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big

NPR | May 23, 2017 4:19 p.m.

Whales might be the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been so huge. Researchers say the ocean giants only became enormous fairly recently, and over a short period of time.

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Trump Proposes $120M Budget Cut At Hanford Nuclear Site

AP | May 23, 2017 3:04 p.m. | Spokane, Washington

Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and it now is engaged in a massive environmental cleanup that costs more than $2 billion per year.

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Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men

NPR | May 23, 2017 12:08 p.m.

Two criminal defense attorneys weigh in on the reasons for and impact of over-policing black boys.

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Oregon's Three Pools Closed After Presumed Drowning

Statesman Journal | May 23, 2017 10:44 a.m.

A 25-year-old man is presumed dead after he went underwater at Three Pools Recreation Site and did not resurface.


Culvert Case Decision A 'Win For Salmon' In Washington

NWPR/EarthFix | May 22, 2017 2:45 p.m.

A big court decision could open up new habitat for salmon in Washington and end up costing the state billions of dollars.

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Plastic Covering Installed Over Collapsed Hanford Tunnel

Northwest News Network | May 22, 2017 8:30 a.m.

Workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation are starting to install a thick plastic covering over a tunnel that collapsed on May 9. 

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Wet Winter Caused Extensive Damage To Gifford Pinchot Forest Roads

The Columbian | May 21, 2017 9:34 a.m.

Officials with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest said more miles of road were extensively damaged or choked with debris after winter and spring than they’ve seen in a long time.

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In Washington, D.C., A Program In Which Birds And People Lift Each Other Up

NPR | May 20, 2017 10:51 a.m.

For 25 years, the Earth Conservation Corps has been cleaning up the capital's polluted Anacostia River. Volunteers have turned their lives around and now work to help others do the same.

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Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'

NPR | May 19, 2017 9:13 a.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has now received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back protections.

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Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement

NPR | May 18, 2017 3:32 p.m.

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.


Can Seattleā€™s Seawall Defend The City And Protect Salmon, Too?

KCTS9/EarthFix | May 16, 2017

Seattle’s newly constructed seawall is a $410 million infrastructure project that’s doubling as a massive science experiment.

Terrestrial: The Choices We Make In A World We Have Changed

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Birth Defect Investigation Offers No Answers To Grieving Families In E. Washington

NWPR/EarthFix | May 11, 2017

A cluster of fatal birth defects has left several families in Eastern Washington mourning the loss of children they will never know.

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