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Cassandra Profita

Cassandra Profita is a reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.

Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger and as part of the EarthFix public media collaboration that covered the environment for the Pacific Northwest.

She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.

Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.

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Recent Articles

Business | Energy | News | Environment | local

Zenith Energy Threatens Legal Action Over City Of Portland Permit Denial

Zenith Energy is threatening legal action if the city of Portland doesn’t approve its request to install new pipes at its oil terminal in the northwest industrial area.

Energy | Environment | News | Business | Politics | local

City Of Portland Denies Request To Add Pipes To Zenith Oil Terminal

The city of Portland has denied a request from Zenith Energy to install three additional pipes at its oil terminal in the northwest industrial area.

Water | Environment

Northwest States And Tribes Call For Superfund Listing At Bradford Island

The Yakama Nation and the states of Oregon and Washington are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to declare a new Superfund site on the Columbia River alongside Bonneville Dam.

Energy | local | Technology | News | Renewable energy | Environment

PacifiCorp Plan To Move Away From Coal Exposes Deep Divide Among Western States

PacifiCorp’s new plan to cut coal and ramp up renewables has to bridge the gulf between Rocky Mountain states that produce and burn coal and West Coast states that are disowning it.

Energy | local | Environment | News

Portland-Based PacifiCorp Releases Plan To Cut Coal Power And Add Renewables

On Thursday, PacifiCorp released a 20-year plan for delivering power across six Western states that cuts back on coal and adds renewable wind and solar power.

Environment | Forestry | News | Land | Politics | local

Oregon Governor’s Council Projects Big Bill To Manage Wildfire

The Governor's Council on Wildfire Response estimates the state will need $4 billion in funding to reduce wildfire risks through actions such as logging overstocked forestland.

Water | local | Environment | News

EPA Rejects Proposal To Scale Back Cleanup Plans For Portland Harbor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a proposal to scale back its cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

Climate change | Environment | Pacific Ocean

New Marine Heat Wave Looks A Lot Like 'The Blob'

Scientists are monitoring a marine heat wave off the West Coast that they say is reminiscent of the massive stretch of warm water nicknamed "the Blob" in 2014-15.

Environment | News | Animals | Recreation | Fish & Wildlife | local

Wildlife Officials Kill Female Cougar Near Corvallis

Wildlife officials killed a 75-pound female cougar in the Dunn Forest west of Corvallis Wednesday morning.

Communities | Energy | Environment | News | Transportation | Air | local | Economy | Nation

Portland Oil Terminal Looks To Pipe Biofuels

Zenith Energy says it wants to add renewable fuels and "a liquid intermediate" to the list of products it handles at its crude oil terminal in Portland.

Energy | local | Economy | Environment | News

Oregon Regulators Flag Violations At Zenith Oil Terminal

Oregon regulators have sent a warning letter flagging environmental violations at the Zenith Energy oil terminal in Portland.

local | News | Environment | Air

Here's How Portland Can Reduce Diesel Pollution: Report

A new report from Lewis & Clark Law School offers a road map for reducing diesel pollution in the Portland metro area.

Energy | NW Life | local | World | News

Solar Advocates Launch 'Hang Dry Your Clothes For Climate Change' Week

With a little extra effort, we can all save some money and reduce our contributions to climate change. That’s the message behind a week-long campaign encouraging Oregonians to hang dry their laundry.

local | Pacific Ocean | News | Business | Environment | Climate change | Economy | Sustainability

Plastic Pollution Is Everywhere. What Can We Do About It?

Scientists are finding plastic pollution in every nook and cranny of the planet. Here are some of the ways people are trying to reduce it.

Communities | local | Pacific Ocean | News | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Water

Hunt For Answers Shows Oregon Rivers Not Immune To Microplastic Pollution

Two OPB reporters go on a scientific journey to discover how much microplastic pollution has made it to Oregon's most iconic rivers.

NW Life | local | News | Entertainment | Recreation | Water

Portland Is Getting A New Swimming Beach On The Willamette

Portlanders will soon have a new place to swim on the Willamette River. On Friday, advocates are opening the city’s second swimming beach near the Hawthorne Bridge.

local | News | Environment | Politics | Air

Lawmakers Approve New Diesel Truck Regulations For Portland

Amid a flurry of last-minute votes on Sunday, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill regulating diesel trucks in the Portland metro area.

local | Climate change | Environment | News

Without Cap And Trade, Oregon’s Climate Goals Look More Out Of Reach

On Tuesday, Senate President Peter Courtney said Oregon's cap-and-trade bill doesn’t have the votes to pass. Supporters say that could put the state's climate goals out of reach.

local | News | Transportation | Business | Environment | Climate change

For Heavy-Duty Trucks, 'The Future Is Electric'

Trucking industry leaders say more and more pickup and delivery trucks will join a growing number of school and transit buses in going electric in the next 20 years.

local | Environment | News

Oregon's Largest Multifamily Solar Project Installed In Milwaukie

On Friday, the owners of the Waverly Greens apartment complex in Milwaukie unveiled Oregon's largest solar array to be installed on multifamily housing.