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Wildfire Smoke From Canada Expected To Keep On Coming Into Washington And Oregon

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 2, 2017 5:45 p.m.

Forecasts predict smoke will keep coming and continue to blanket Washington and Oregon throughout the weekend.

Environment | News | Air | local | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland State University Launches New Toxic Air Pollution Study

OPB/EarthFix | April 27, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland State University, the city of Portland and Multnomah County announced plans Wednesday to spend $125,000 on a two-year study of the city’s toxic air pollution.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Oregon Commission Approves New Pollution Rules For Glassmakers

OPB/EarthFix | April 21, 2016 1:30 p.m.

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to approve new air pollution restrictions for colored glassmakers statewide.

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Neighbors Protest Daimler At New Headquarters In Portland

OPB/EarthFix | April 19, 2016 1:31 p.m.

Neighbors of the Daimler Trucks manufacturing plant on Swan Island protested the opening of the company's new corporate headquarters in Portland Tuesday.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Bullseye Glass Resumes Using Cadmium With Pollution Controls

OPB/EarthFix | April 12, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Bullseye Glass has announced it plans to resume using cadmium in its glassmaking operation now that the company has installed a pollution control device to reduce harmful emissions.

Environment | News | Air | local | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Air Testing Continues To Show Low Health Risks Near Portland Glassmakers

OPB/EarthFix | March 24, 2016 11:14 a.m. | Portland

Air testing conducted early this month near two Portland glassmakers shows no urgent health risks, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland Glassmaker Signs Agreement On Heavy Metals Pollution Controls

OPB/EarthFix | March 16, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Uroboros Glass has signed an agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality that prohibits the use of cadmium, chromium and nickel to protect public health until pollution controls can be installed on the company's furnaces.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

How Tree Moss Could Revolutionize What We Know About Air Pollution

OPB/EarthFix | March 15, 2016 6:30 a.m.

The U.S. Forest Service found a dirty secret hiding in Portland’s trees: Toxic hot spots of airborne heavy metals. The discovery has a lot of people talking about testing tree moss for air pollution.

Environment | Air

Regulators Not Worried About Pollution From Seattle Area's Artistic Glassmaker

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 26, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Since the discovery of heavy metals pollution coming from an artistic glass manufacturer in Portland, Washington regulators have taken a close look at a similar facility near Seattle. So far, they say, they’re not worried.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Second Portland Glass-Maker Suspends Use Of Cadmium

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 9, 2016 9:30 a.m.

A second glass-making company in Portland has voluntarily suspended its use of cadmium in response to tests showing elevated levels of the metal in nearby moss.

Environment | Science | Transportation

Latinos At Highest Risk From Air Pollution, Study Says

KUOW | Nov. 2, 2015 3:24 p.m. | Seattle

Neighborhoods where non-English speaking Latinos live tend to have the most toxic air quality, according to new research out of Washington State University.

Energy | Environment

Supreme Court Air Pollution Ruling Has Little Effect On Northwest Power Plants

OPB/EarthFix | June 30, 2015 11:52 a.m. | Portland

Monday's Supreme Court decision to reject the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution rules won't have any immediate effect on Northwest power plants, and its long-term effects are still unclear.

Air | Ecotrope

Negotiating With Your Neighborhood Polluter

Ecotrope | Dec. 31, 2012 4:57 a.m.

You don't have to wait for new regulations to get cleaner air in your neighborhood.

Transportation | Ecotrope

Keep Your Car Or Buy A More Efficient One?

Ecotrope | Aug. 24, 2012 2:13 a.m.

Hooray! I was googling all over the place and finally found this interactive tool that steps you though the process of deciding whether it's more eco-friendly to get a more fuel-efficient car or keep the one you've got.

Transportation | Ecotrope

What's Your Car's Air Pollution Score?

Ecotrope | Aug. 23, 2012 1:52 a.m.

Thanks to OPB's Amanda Peacher for filling for me on the blog last week. In case you missed it, she posted a link to a slideshow of people who live car-free.

Air | Ecotrope

Is Portland’s air safe to breathe?

Ecotrope | May 30, 2012 12:28 p.m.

About 30 people came to learn whether their air is safe to breathe last night in North Portland, where the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality held the second of four information sessions about toxic air pollutionin the metropolitan area.

Air | Ecotrope

In Portland: More Maps Of Toxic Air Pollutants

Ecotrope | May 30, 2012 2:49 a.m.

I was on Think Out Loud yesterday talking about the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's report on toxic air pollutants in the Portland metro area. As I wrote on the blog last week, most of the toxins DEQ has mapped are coming from everyday sources: Our cars, trucks, lawn mowers, construction equipment and wood stoves. Metal foundries were the main ...

Air | Ecotrope

Mapping Portland’s Everyday Air Toxics

Ecotrope | May 25, 2012 8:48 a.m.

Will Portland's air be safe to breathe in 2017?

Air | Ecotrope

Using lichen to set air pollution controls

Ecotrope | March 8, 2011 2:18 a.m.

The U.S. Forest Service released a new study showing lichen could help set national air pollution standards based on how much nitrogen the small plant can tolerate: