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Judge OKs Lawsuit Seeking Better Protection Of Puget Sound

AP | Sept. 20, 2017 7:57 a.m. | Seattle

Washington's Department of Ecology faces the possibility of losing millions of dollars in federal money after a judge Tuesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an Oregon-based environmental group.

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Portland City Councilor Nick Fish To Seek Re-election

Pamplin Media Group | July 25, 2017 7:42 a.m. | Portland

Fish, who is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services, told the Portland Tribune editorial board last week that he is working on a wide range of issues.

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City To Spend $5 Million On Portland Harbor Superfund Site

Pamplin Media Group | July 20, 2017 7:46 a.m. | Portland

It is not yet clear how much the city will ultimately pay for the project. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated cleanup costs at $1.2 billion.

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DC Appeals Court Orders EPA To Move Ahead With Methane Rule

AP | July 3, 2017 4:12 p.m. | Washington

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the EPA to move forward with the new requirement that aims to reduce planet-warming emissions from oil and gas operations.

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More Hanford Nuclear Site Mishaps Likely, Official Warns

AP | June 15, 2017 9:53 a.m. | Richland, Washington

Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the site told The Associated Press.

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Trump Expected To Pull US From Paris Climate Accord, Official Says

AP | May 31, 2017 7:30 a.m. | Washington

President Donald Trump is expected to pull the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though there could be "caveats in the language" announcing a withdrawal, leaving open the possibility that his decision isn't final.

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Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Columbia And Snake Rivers Cold For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 23, 2017 10 a.m.

A lawsuit filed by salmon advocates calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to pick up where it left off in 2003 in considering steps to lower temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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Lawsuit Aims To Lower Columbia And Snake River Temperatures For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2016 2:30 p.m.

High river temperatures in recent years has lead to the death of more than a quarter million salmon in the Columbia River. 

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Plan Would Ban Boats From Dumping Sewage Into Puget Sound

AP | July 21, 2016 10:31 a.m. | Seattle

The Department of Ecology says on its website that it petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday to designate the waters of Puget Sound a "no discharge zone" to improve water quality.

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Washington's Spectrum Glass To Close Citing Financial Issues, EPA Scrutiny

OPB | May 12, 2016 8:35 a.m. | Portland

The company is one of three major art glass makers in the region.

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OSU To Pay $275k For 2013 Hazardous Waste Violations

AP | March 15, 2016 7:09 a.m. | Portland

Oregon State University has agreed to pay $275,000 in a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, which found multiple hazardous waste violations during a 2013 inspection of the Corvallis campus.

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Smog Levels May Be Low In The Northwest But The Region Is Not In The Clear

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 7, 2015 2:09 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

New ozone rules from the EPA won't immediately ding Northwest communities, but pollution challenges remain.

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Oregon and Washington In Good Shape With New National Ozone Standards

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 1, 2015 noon | Ashland, Oregon

High concentrations of smog in the Northwest are relatively rare. 

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Feds Propose New Water Quality Rule For Washington

AP | Sept. 2, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Seattle

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is following through on its promise to propose a new clean-water rule for Washington, in case the state doesn't come up with its own plan in time.

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Feds Rule Oregon's Not Protecting Coastal Waters From Logging

OPB | Jan. 30, 2015 4:38 p.m. | Ashland, Ore.

For the first time, the EPA and NOAA have given a stamp of disapproval to a state coastal pollution plan - and Oregon is the offender.

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News Review: Oregon Joins Other States In Taking EPA To The Woodshed

The Roseburg News Review | Nov. 4, 2013 2:06 a.m. | Roseburg, Oregon

Oregon and six other states are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging it has failed to limit pollution from wood stoves, a common heating source in Douglas County.