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EPA Targeting Portland Superfund Site For 'Immediate, Intense' Attention

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The EPA announced Friday that it has listed the Portland Harbor Superfund Site as one of 21 sites it plans to target.

Report: Hanford Tank Waste Will Take Longer To Treat, And Cost More

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A new report about the radioactive tank waste at Hanford says the cleanup could take decades longer and cost billions more than estimated.

Oil Train Safety Rules Getting Rolled Back By Trump Adminstration

NWPR/EarthFix

The Trump administration is rolling back a requirement for trains carrying highly explosive liquids — like the oil trains that run through the Columbia River Gorge.

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US To Enter Into Columbia River Treaty Renegotiation In 2018

The U.S. Department of State and the Canadian government announced Thursday that formal renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty will begin in early 2018.

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Why Your Future Christmas Tree Might Be Hard To Find

You might be in the market for a Christmas tree right about now, but have you thought about what type of Christmas tree you want in eight years?

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California Billionaire Tom Steyer Sees Oregon As Key Player In Climate Change Battle

California billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer is hoping Oregon will be the next state to fight the Trump administration’s policies on climate change.

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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon National Monument Faces An Uncertain Future

Will President Trump shrink the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument? 

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Stressed-Out Narwhals Don't Know Whether To Freeze Or Flee, Scientists Find

After being caught in a net, narwhals appear to get confused about what to do. Researchers say the whales' befuddlement could provide clues about how they will adapt to a changing Arctic.

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Central Oregon Zoning Pits Mule Deer Against Churches

A rural central Oregon county is wading into a long-running zoning debate that pits mule deer against churches.

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Can Your Ceramic Cookware Give You Lead Poisoning?

Mass-produced crockpots and other ceramic food containers are probably safe, but handmade earthenware might merit a home test.

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Options Get Narrowed For Future Of Snake, Columbia Dams And Salmon

Federal agencies are a step closer to deciding how best to manage the Columbia River system and protect endangered fish.

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Is The Tide Of Antibiotic Use On Farms Now Turning?

For the first time, government statistics show America's pigs, cattle, and poultry are getting fewer antibiotic drugs. Public health advocates call the new figures encouraging.

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Virtual Currencies Putting Real Demand On Central Washington's Cheap Electricity

The meteoric rise in the value of bitcoin and lesser-known virtual currencies is having a real-world effect in the Pacific Northwest.

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Wildlife Cameras Capture The Secret Lives Of Predators In The City

KCTS9/EarthFix

A researcher collects and studies tens of thousands of trail camera photos to better understand the wild predators living among us the Northwest's most urbanized place.

In The Future We Might Farm Fish on Land Instead Of In The Sea

KUOW/EarthFix

This summer's fish escape has anti-fish farm advocates saying it’s better to farm salmon in tanks, on land.

Without Chinese Buyers, Northwest Recycling Becomes Trash

OPB/EarthFix

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


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