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Oregon's New Air Pollution Rules Are Already Being Debated

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 19, 2017 6:40 p.m.

Oregon is proposing new air pollution rules that would set limits on the total health risk a polluter can pose to its neighbors.

Environment | local | News | Fish & Wildlife

Reviving Black Diamond's Coal Mine In Seattle's Green Shadow

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 16, 2017 5:19 p.m. | Seattle

Coal mining could be coming back in the Northwest to an old coal mine in southeast King County.

Environment | Water | News | local

Environmental Groups Sue Oregon Over Industrial Water Pollution

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 29, 2017 12:37 p.m.

Environmental groups are suing Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality over its regulation of stormwater pollution from more than 900 industrial sites.

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Air Pollution | Mental Health Program | 'The Spirit Of Dialogue'

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 noon

We look at a new study on air pollution and race, and a Lane County effort to improve mental health response by police. Also, OSU's Aaron Wolf talks about his book, "The Spirit of Dialogue."

News | Air | local

Lane County Air Pollution Reached Unprecedented Levels Last Week

The Register-Guard | Sept. 8, 2017 1:33 p.m.

If this week’s wildfire smoke left residents mistaking Lane County for another planet, that may be since the pollution was unmatched in modern county history.

Environment | News | Air | Nation

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.

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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.

Environment | Economy | Health | Climate change

How Is Pollution Connected To Race And Inequality? | Terrestrial

KUOW | July 11, 2017 9:24 a.m.

The effects of pollution and climate change don’t affect us all equally. Those hit hardest often belong to communities of color and are cash poor.

Agriculture | Environment | News | local

Oregon Will Not Suspend Operations At New Mega-Dairy

East Oregonian | June 27, 2017 9:50 a.m.

Oregon regulators will not suspend operations at a controversial new mega-dairy near Boardman. Environmental and animal rights groups had urged a shutdown.

Environment | Water

Military Airstrips Are Poisoning People's Wells

KUOW/EarthFix | June 20, 2017 5:40 p.m. | Coupeville, Washington

The military and its civilian neighbors are finding their wells are being poisoned by chemicals in firefighting foams used on airstrips.

Environment | Water

Everything 'Normal' In Puget Sound After Disastrous Wastewater Spill

KUOW | June 19, 2017 2:22 p.m. | Seattle

Four months after a disastrous wastewater spill in Puget Sound, water quality levels are normal.

Agriculture | Environment | News | local

Mega-Dairy Air Pollution Threat Puts Environmentalists On Alert

NWPR/EarthFix | April 11, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Boardman, Oregon

Mega-dairies are finding themselves in conflict with neighbors and environmentalists because of their contributions to air pollution.

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Salem Dumping Untreated Sewage In Willamette River After Heavy Rains

Statesman Journal | Feb. 7, 2017 7:42 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

The release, which began at 5:18 a.m. Sunday and was continuing Monday evening, is necessary because heavy rains have overwhelmed the city’s Willow Lake treatment plant, city spokesman Mike Gotterba said.

Environment | Land

National Guard Firing Ranges Leave Legacy Of Lead

KUOW | Dec. 27, 2016 2:18 p.m. | Seattle

The National Guard has closed facilities across the country to the public because of lead contamination, following an investigation by The Oregonian newspaper.

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

Southeast Portland Residents Sue Precision Castparts Over Pollution

Pamplin Media Group | July 13, 2016 7:52 a.m. | Portland

Six residents of Southeast Portland have filed two separate class-action lawsuits against Precision Castparts Corp., alleging that its toxic air emissions have harmed their health and decreased property values.

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Toxic Emissions Declining In Oregon

Statesman Journal | July 7, 2016 12:06 p.m.

Across the state, 280 federally regulated facilities released 16.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals in 2014, according to new data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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3 Things To Know About Bullseye Glass And DEQ Dispute

OPB | May 21, 2016 2:07 a.m. | Portland

Bullseye, a Portland art glass maker, responded to the state environmental agency's cease-and-desist order after an accusation that the company emitted dangerous levels of lead.

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

Bullseye: DEQ Prefers To Close Us Down

OPB | May 20, 2016 10:04 p.m. | Portland

The art glass maker says the state environmental agency sought a cease-and-desist order before alerting the company to lead test results.

World | Technology | News | local | Nation | Environment | The Circuit: Tracking America's Electronic Waste

How We Did It: Reporting 'The Circuit'

OPB | May 9, 2016 12:15 a.m.

Here's what happened when two EarthFix producers decided to follow the trail of electronic waste in its afterlife. The quest took them to rural outposts outside of Hong Kong.

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How Precision Castparts Got Its New Stormwater Pollution Controls

OPB | April 30, 2016 3:50 p.m.

The Portland company Precision Castparts has been under scrutiny for pollution. It says its spending $17 million on new environmental controls, but one upgrade is the result of a settlement.