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Environmental Update On Flame Retardants, Aerial Herbicide Spraying & More


The Columbia River Gorge is bombarded by haze all year long. Regional pollution flows in from the west in the summer and from the east in the winter.

The Columbia River Gorge is bombarded by haze all year long. Regional pollution flows in from the west in the summer and from the east in the winter.

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We’ll check in with EarthFix editor David Steves and reporter Tony Schick to get some of the latest environmental news, including: 

  • Flame retardants in the Columbia River and potential problems they pose
  • New regulations that may better protect the public from aerial herbicide spraying.
  • The six-month anniversary of the deadly Oso landslide and Washington County discussing building restrictions in hazardous zones.
  • Seattle proposing a fine for people who don’t curbside compost
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