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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


Everett sues Kimberly-Clark over condition of mill site

EVERETT — The city has filed a lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. over the company's failure to cover its former waterfront pulp-mill site with topsoil.When the company shut down the mill in 2012 and received a permit to...

Date: 08/25/2014 | Local News


Sewage spill closes Bainbridge Island beaches

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Officials have closed the beaches at Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island to swimming and shellfish harvesting following a sewage spill.

Date: 08/10/2014 | Northwest


Official says public shouldn’t pay for B.C. mine spill

LIKELY, British Columbia — Taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for cleaning up a massive spill from a mine tailings pond in B.C., the federal industry minister said Thursday as residents in a remote resource community awaited the results of water quality testing.

Date: 08/07/2014 | Northwest


Crab boat owner fined

Derelict vessel sank in 2012, causing an oil spill

Date: 05/14/2014 | Local News


Gas-ethanol switch linked to higher ozone

WASHINGTON — Scientists have made a surprising discovery about ethanol: The more it was used by drivers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the more ozone they measured in the local environment.The finding, reported this week in Nature Geoscience, is contrary to other studies...

Date: 05/04/2014 | Nation & World


Coal pollution fine sets a record

WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement Wednesday.The agreement...

Date: 03/06/2014 | Business




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