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Cassandra Profita

Cassandra Profita is a reporter for EarthFix,an environmental journalism collaboration led by OPB in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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.

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

Agriculture | Air | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portlanders Weigh In On Oregon's New Air Pollution Rules

At a hearing in Portland Wednesday, Oregon environmental regulators took questions and comments on the new statewide air pollution rules they’re proposing.

Environment | News | Sustainability

Without Chinese Buyers, Northwest Recycling Becomes Trash

Northwest recycling companies are scrambling to find markets for our paper and plastic as China cracks down on waste imports.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | NW Life | local | Oregon Field Guide

Pyrosomes: Mysterious, Pickle-Shaped Visitors Of The Deep

The pickle-shaped sea creatures known as pyrosomes are rarely seen along the West Coast, but this year millions of them showed up. No one knows why they're here or how long they'll stay.

Environment | Energy

Tariffs On Cheap, Chinese Solar Panels Divide Energy Businesses And Workers

A trade panel is recommending tariffs to make Chinese solar panels so expensive that U.S. manufacturers like Oregon’s SolarWorld can compete. But could hurt the rest of the U.S. solar industry.

Environment | Business | Politics | local | Science | Nation | News | Energy

How Tariffs Could Help And Hurt The Solar Industry

The U.S. solar industry is bracing for possible tariffs or quotas on imported solar panels. Such action could have very different consequences on different parts of the industry.

Environment | News | Water | local

Oregon Governor Wants To Cancel Water Transfer For Nestle

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to walk away from a water rights transfer tied to Nestle's proposed water bottling plant.

Environment | News | Energy | local

Longview Coal Export Backers Sue Washington Over Permit Denial

Backers of a coal export terminal proposed in Southwest Washington are suing state regulators over their denial of a key permit needed to build the project.

Environment | Health | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Oregon's New Air Pollution Rules Are Already Being Debated

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


Oregon's Congressional Push To Get EPA To Clean Up Polluted Portland Harbor

Oregon’s Congressional delegation is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to move forward with clean-up plans for the Portland Harbor Superfund site without further delay.

Environment | News | Sustainability | local

Oregon Poised To Send Recycling To Landfills

Oregon regulators have received more than a dozen requests from companies that want to throw recyclable materials into landfills.

Environment | Energy | Fish & Wildlife

Salmon-Friendly Rulings On Columbia, Snake Dams Could Be Overturned By Congress

A bill sponsored by several U.S. House members from the Northwest aims to overturn two recent court decisions to protect salmon from harmful effects of Columbia and Snake river dams.

Environment | News | Nation | Politics | local

New EPA Plan Could Delay Cleanup Of Portland Harbor Pollution

The Trump administration has a new plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site that Oregon officials say could reverse progress toward cleaning up toxic pollution in the Willamette River.

Environment | Sustainability

Chinese Ban On Waste Imports Puts Northwest Recycling In Limbo

By the end of the year, much of the mixed plastic and paper that goes into recycling bins will be banned from China, which could mean they will end up in a landfill.

Environment | Communities | local | News | Sustainability | Transportation

Are The Car-Sharing And EV Revolutions Leaving Poor People Behind?

A new program in Northeast Portland aims to serve people outside the boundaries of mainstream car-sharing services.

Environment | Forestry | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Eagle Creek Fire Puts Popular Gorge Trails Off Limits Until Spring

Some of the most popular hiking trails in the Columbia River Gorge are inside the perimeter of the Eagle Creek wildfire. Officials say that means they’ll be closed for at least six months.

Environment | Air | Health | Climate change

Climate Change Is Making Smoky, Unhealthy Air More Common

As climate change plays out in the Northwest, more smoky, unhealthy air will come along with hotter, drier summers and bigger wildfires.

Environment | News | Politics | local | Climate change

Trump Policy Reversal Raises Concerns For Northwest's National Parks

Advocates are worried that Trump administration policy changes will damage the ability of national parks to deal with climate change.

Environment | Land

Eclipse Chasers Leave Little Damage Behind On Oregon's Wild Lands

Anticipating up to a million eclipse visitors, public land managers in Oregon prepared for the worst. But their fears of human-caused wildfires and environmental destruction never came to pass.

local | News | Business | Economy | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Still Plenty Of Eclipse T-Shirts Left As Visitors Head Home

Businesses in Prineville, Oregon, are still humming with customers as the Symbiosis Festival winds down after Monday’s eclipse.

Environment | News | Energy

NW Scientists Make The Case For Spilling More Water Over Dams

On Wednesday, dozens of scientists sent a letter to Northwest lawmakers in Congress. In it, they argue in favor of spilling more water over dams to help fish.