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Navy's Aircraft Carrier Hull-Scraping Raises Puget Sound Pollution Concerns

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 10, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Seattle

The Navy is scraping the hull of a decommissioned aircraft carrier docked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard just outside of Bremerton. That's raising concerns about environmental harm.

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West Coast Lawmakers Seek Ban On Offshore Drilling

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 6, 2017 3:08 p.m.

Groups of democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to permanently ban offshore drilling along the West Coast.

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EPA Calls For $1 Billion Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 6, 2017 1:02 p.m. | Portland

In a final plan released Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised the price of cleaning up pollution at the Portland Harbor Superfund site from $746 million to $1.05 billion.

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SeaWorld: Tilikum, Orca That Killed Trainer, Has Died

AP | Jan. 6, 2017 8:01 a.m.

Sea World officials said Friday that Tilikum died but did not give a cause of death.

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

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 6, 2017 12:24 a.m. | Portland

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.  

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Tribe, Farmers Agree to Keep Cows From Fouling Puget Sound Shellfish Beds

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 5, 2017 1:30 p.m. | Bellingham, Washington

 A northwest Washington tribe's shellfish beds are a step closer to getting cleaned up after years of contamination.

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Judge Sides With Portland City Council On Superfund Spending

Portland Tribune | Jan. 5, 2017 12:43 p.m.

The City Council was justified in paying for most of the Portland Harbor Superfund costs so far with sewer ratepayer funds — and may use them to pay for other cleanup costs, a court ruled Thursday.

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Megler Creek Project Aims To Restore Historic Connections

Chinook Observer | Jan. 3, 2017 5:06 p.m.

A partnership between the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce will soon restore Megler Creek to its historic levels of fish passage.

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Radioactive Contamination Spreading In Closed Hanford Plant

AP | Jan. 3, 2017 8:29 a.m. | Richland, Washington

Radioactive contamination is spreading inside a deteriorating processing plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The Tri-City Herald reports the facility is known as REDOX and hasn't been used since the 1960s.

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Oregon’s Updated Streamside Logging Rules Get A Chilly Response

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 26, 2016 5 a.m. | Brookings, Oregon

Oregon once led the nation in stream protections, but not anymore.  And new rules proposed by the Board of Forestry won't change that any time soon.