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Volkswagen Settlement Fuels A Fight To Phase Out Dirty Old Diesel Engines

OPB/EarthFix | March 23, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Portland

The Northwest is in line to receive millions of dollars through a settlement with Volkswagen Group. Some say that money could help crack down on old diesel trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Energy | Environment

Businessmen Who Abandoned Toxic Mess Now Want To Build Refinery In Washington

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 2, 2016 12:38 p.m.

The backers of a failed biofuels project have proposed a $1.25 billion refinery and propane terminal at the Port of Longview on the Washington side of the lower Columbia River.

Economy | Environment | Air | Technology

3 Questions For Volkswagen Diesel Owners In The Northwest

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 23, 2015 4:19 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Volkswagen is engulfed in a scandal after admitting to cheating on emissions testing. And that might have Volkswagen owners a little nervous. 

Energy | Environment

A Washington Biofuel Business That Can Hardly Make A Buck In Washington

KUOW | Jan. 12, 2015 1 a.m. | KUOW

John Plaza sold his motorcycle, took out a mortgage on his house and drained his 401(k) to build what’s now the second-largest biodiesel plant in the country. From there it's been a long struggle.

Transportation | Ecotrope

Sniffing Out The Black Market For Grease

Ecotrope | April 2, 2012 2:17 a.m.

The Wall Street Journal reports on officers who sniff out stolen restaurant grease.

Renewable energy | Agriculture | Ecotrope

Feds offer biomass funds to Northwest growers

Ecotrope | July 26, 2011 4:37 a.m.

Farmers in Oregon and Washington will get federal money to grow poplars and camelina as biomass crops, according to an announcement today from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The crops will be used to make biodiesel at Beaver Biodiesel in Albany and ZeaChem in Boardman, and alternative jet fuel at AltAir Fuels in Seattle.