Environment News HEADLINES
Pierce County has decided not to start curbside collection of food waste for composting, citing concerns about generating foul odors and hurting its program for recycling yard waste.
Traffic jams and fender-benders didn’t plague Matt Bachmann’s commute last week. Along with two associates, he took the ultimate commuter HOT lane — via helicopter — and set up shop nearly 7,000 feet up the frozen flanks of the South Cascade Glacier in the North Cascades east of Darrington.
Entering her final year in office, former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire found herself in a difficult spot. Indian tribes, powerful supporters of the governor, wanted stricter water pollution rules. Meanwhile, her powerful supporters in the aerospace industry spearheaded by The Boeing Co. were dead set against tightening the rules. Aerospace won.
A House Democratic budget proposal to spend $150,000 to study the larger economic impact of coal-export facilities on Washington state was dying just one day after majority Democrats introduced their proposed $34.5 billion operating budget plan on Wednesday.
A retired Western Washington University professor testified to a Republican-controlled state Senate committee Tuesday that climate change stopped in 1998 and that human-caused greenhouse gases are not responsible for fluctuations in the Earth’s temperatures or melting polar ice caps.
The state Department of Ecology has scheduled two open houses to inform North Tacoma residents about a new cleanup program for residential yards contaminated by the old Asarco smelter.
The state Department of Ecology has released plans for a $62 million cleanup of some 1,200 residential yards polluted by the old Asarco smelter in Ruston.
Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber wrote a letter to the White House today asking for a study of the climate-change and air-pollution effects of coal leases on federal lands and export of that coal to Asia.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s tough enforcement tactics last winter – including threats of $1,000 fines and nighttime enforcement squads armed with infrared cameras – had some stove owners complaining about “the nanny state” and “smoke Nazis.”
The public has until April 19 to submit comments on the state’s draft recovery plan for the Mazama pocket gopher. The burrowing rodent is listed by the state as a threatened species.
A Tacoma radiator shop has been fined $40,000 for “dangerous waste violations,” according to the state Department of Ecology.
Gov. Jay Inslee urged a legislative committee on Tuesday to take quick action to authorize an independent review of the state’s options for reducing carbon pollution.
PORTLAND — Industry data is too scant to gauge the health effects of coal dust blowing off of trains headed from the Great Plains to export terminals along the West Coast, according to a review by the Multnomah County Health Department.
Wondering about solar? Need to cut down your trash? Head this Saturday for the sixth annual Sustainability Expo, where local schools, nonprofits, agencies, businesses and experts will congregate to offer a sampling of ways to make our lives and our city more sustainable.
Barge that dumped scrap cars into Commencement Bay safely unloaded, no plan yet to retrieve submerged vehicles
The listing barge that dumped several crushed cars into Commencement Bay on Sunday was unloaded Tuesday at Schnitzer Steel along the Hylebos Waterway, and is to be inspected today, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
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