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Pollution

Owner of sunken vessel fined for diesel spill on Hood Canal

BRINNON — The Washington state Department of Ecology has fined the owner of the vessel Avalon $16,244 after it sank and spilled diesel near Brinnon.

Date: 08/14/2015 | Northwest


Air pollution kills 4,000 in China daily, study finds

WASHINGTON — Air pollution is killing about 4,000 people in China a day, accounting for 1 in 6 premature deaths in the world’s most populous country, a new study finds.

Date: 08/14/2015 | Nation & World


EPA says it triggered toxic waste spill

WASHINGTON — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday her department takes full responsibility for spilling 3 million gallons of mining waste that turned a southwest Colorado river an unnatural shade of orange, adding it "pains me to no end."

Date: 08/12/2015 | Nation & World


Grant County: Stay inside after ammonia leak

ROYAL CITY — An ammonia leak caused the Grant County Sheriff’s Office to order people living near the Royal Ridge Fruits facility to shelter in place.

Date: 08/10/2015 | Northwest


Kitsap sewage spill prompts warning to stay out of water

SILVERDALE, — Health officials are warning people to avoid contact with water in Dyes Inlet and the Port Washington Narrows on the Kitsap Peninsula after thousands of gallons of sewage spilled into the water during a construction project.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Northwest


Court strikes down coal plant pollution rules

BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze from coal that is burned in Montana to provide electricity for people in the Pacific Northwest.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Business Wire


Oil spill fouls beaches near Santa Barbara

GOLETA, Calif. — An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out.Up to a fifth...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Nation & World


Shell’s Arctic rig arrives in Seattle

SEATTLE — The arrival in Seattle Thursday of an oil rig Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean marks a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change.Activists paddling out in kayaks to...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Business Wire


Boat owner fined for clean-up of spill off Whidbey Island

SEATTLE — The federal government says the owner of a derelict fishing vessel that burned and sank in 2012 off Whidbey Island and spilled more than 5,500 gallons of oil owes $2.8 million to cover the cost of the government response and clean-up.

Date: 05/13/2015 | Northwest


Nuclear plant fire produced Hudson River oil slick

BUCHANAN, N.Y. — A New York nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River, officials said.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Nation & World


Companies settle Tacoma oil spill case with state

TACOMA — Two companies involved in a 2012 oil spill while dismantling a barge on the Hylebos Waterway have settled their penalties with the state.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Northwest


Obama climate change policy appears to survive early test

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to battle climate change by forcing power plants to reduce their greenhouse gases appeared to survive its first court challenge Thursday, but only because the formal rules are still pending at the Environmental Protection...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Nation & World


Tons of dead fish removed from Rio Olympic venue

RIO DE JANEIRO — Fish continued to die by the ton Thursday in a Rio de Janeiro lake that's slated to host Olympic rowing events, while city authorities and biologists argued about the cause of the die-off.Rio's Comlurb waste management company said that as of Wednesday...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Nation & World


Vessel sinks near La Push; diesel sheen spotted

LA PUSH — The Coast Guard is working to contain a diesel spill that resulted when a fishing vessel sunk near La Push.The Guard’s Puget Sound incident management group received a report on Thursday that a vessel had gone down and a diesel sheen could be seen.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Northwest


Concern about environment fades

Americans’ concerns over environmental issues including air and water pollution, plant and animal extinction and rainforest loss has crept downward since last year, according to a new poll.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Nation & World


Paris cuts 50 percent of cars on road

PARIS — Paris will cut the number of cars on the road in half beginning Monday and is making public transit free to combat a spike in pollution that has obscured even the Eiffel Tower under a smoggy haze.

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World


Obama: Cut federal greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ordered the federal government Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half over the next decade, driving his climate change agenda forward despite percolating challenges from Republican-led states.By curtailing...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Nation & World


Christie’s Exxon settlement shortchanges Jersey

Last week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration settled New Jersey's long-standing environmental lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for pennies on the dollar. For a decade, the state had been seeking $8.9 billion in damages for pollution at two refineries in the northern part...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists


China pushes to cut coal use

BEIJING — As its national legislature adjourns this week, China has signaled it intends to further lower coal consumption, reducing pollution but also rocking coal-export industries from the Pacific Northwest to Australia.China is the world's largest energy user, with...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Business Wire


Up to 2,200 gallons of oil spilled from tank near Sunnyside

SUNNYSIDE — State environmental officials now say up to 2,200 gallons of used motor oil spilled into irrigation ditches and the Yakima River in south-central Washington.

Date: 03/04/2015 | Northwest


Groups sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet

SEATTLE — Several environmental groups Monday sued the Port of Seattle to prevent Royal Dutch Shell PLC from using Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.The Port of Seattle in early February signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime Co.,...

Date: 03/02/2015 | Business Wire


Shell refinery apologizes for odor released over Anacortes

ANACORTES — The Shell oil refinery at Anacortes has apologized to its neighbors in the city and on the Swinomish Indian Reservation for releasing a strong sulfur odor.

Date: 02/24/2015 | Northwest


World dumps 8 million tons of plastics into oceans

SAN JOSE, California — Each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans, a quantity much higher than previous estimates, according to a new study that tracked marine debris from its source.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Nation & World


Montana spill is latest involving Wyoming pipeline company

CASPER, Wyo. — Records show that the Wyoming company whose pipeline spilled crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana and its sister company have had multiple incidents over the last decade.

Date: 01/31/2015 | Northwest


State officials unaware at first of November oil spill

WASHINGTON — State and federal officials are investigating an oil spill from a railroad tank car at Washington state’s largest refinery last November, but key agencies were kept in the dark about it for at least a month.

Date: 01/26/2015 | Northwest


Ohio EPA: No contamination detected after refinery explosion

LIMA, Ohio — No dangerous contaminants were released into the air by an explosion at an Ohio oil refinery that was felt 10 miles away and sparked a fire that burned for more than 14 hours, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday.

Date: 01/11/2015 | Nation & World


Scientists: Great Lakes teeming with plastic fibers

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Scientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibers from garments, cleaning cloths and other products.

Date: 01/11/2015 | Nation & World


House approves Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON — The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Friday authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite a renewed pledge by the White House to veto the legislation after a Nebraska court removed a major obstacle.

Date: 01/10/2015 | Nation & World


100,000 gallons of sewage spill in Northern Idaho

HAYDEN, Idaho — About 100,000 gallons of raw sewage spewed into the streets of Hayden after a pipe broke.The incident occurred early Thursday morning. Traffic was rerouted for nine hours while the release was contained and the area disinfected.

Date: 01/01/2015 | Northwest


Train fuel tank in Oregon punctured; 2,000 gallons spilled

PORTLAND, Ore. — A railroad spokesman says investigators are investigating the possibility somebody sabotaged a train in downtown Bend on Tuesday, setting a length of metal in a position to puncture a locomotive fuel tank.

Date: 12/23/2014 | Northwest


Oceans contain 5 trillion pieces of floating plastic

A major new study of the world’s oceans has reached a shocking conclusion: Thanks to humans, there are now over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 tons, floating in water around the world.

Date: 12/11/2014 | Nation & World


Crab boat runs aground near mouth of Columbia

ILWACO — The Coast Guard says a crab boat that ran aground at the mouth of the Columbia River near Ilwaco is leaking diesel fuel.The vessel was carrying 3,500 gallons of diesel but it’s unknown how much spilled. A sheen is visible on the water.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Northwest


China sets limit on energy from coal

BEIJING — China on Wednesday set a target for coal use through 2020 with an eye on a commitment made with the US last week to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.

Date: 11/19/2014 | Business Wire


BP’s Olympic Pipeline shut down near Burlington

BURLINGTON — State officials have shut down a portion of BP’s Olympic Pipeline after investigating a leak of 60 gallons of mixed diesel, jet fuel and gasoline south of the Burlington Country Club.

Date: 11/12/2014 | Northwest


Beijing rolls out the brown carpet for events

BEIJING — The first “airpocalypse” of fall hit Beijing this week, but residents are not the only ones dealing with the smog blanketing the Chinese capital. World-class cyclists and soccer stars from Argentina and Brazil, as well as American pop diva Mariah Carey, are also contending with the...

Date: 10/11/2014 | Nation & World


U.S. carbon emissions increase

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration appears to be losing ground in its efforts to cut U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases, according to new government figures that show pollution levels rising again after several years of gradual decline.Data released Friday by the...

Date: 09/27/2014 | Nation & World


BNSF cleaning up diesel spill near Columbia River

PASCO — Washington’s Department of Ecology says BNSF railroad worked quickly to contain a diesel spill on tracks near the Pasco and McNary dam near the Columbia River. A large rock slide down a cliff and landed on the tracks, puncturing a hole in the engine’s fuel tank.

Date: 09/19/2014 | Northwest


Can China solve its pollution problem?

BEIJING — Last fall, 29-year-old Fang Da, an entrepreneur and cycling enthusiast, had a coughing fit after biking near his home in Hangzhou, in eastern China.So he went to the Internet and started learning just how serious the air pollution problem was. Fang's...

Date: 09/14/2014 | Nation & World


Groups sue over oil shipments in older rail cars

SEATTLE — Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars.Accident investigators have complained for decades that the cars are too easily punctured or ruptured when derailed, leading to spills.

Date: 09/11/2014 | Northwest


Halliburton’s $1.1B fatal gulf spill agreement avoids bigger payouts

HOUSTON — Halliburton’s agreement to pay $1.1 billion to settle most of the lawsuits over its role in the biggest U.S. offshore oil spill helps it avoid billions more in potential penalties down the road.

Date: 09/03/2014 | Business




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