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Climate talks a win for Obama, but planet remains in danger

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama travels to the Paris climate summit Sunday for what could be the crowning diplomatic achievement of his presidency, yet one that climate experts say will still leave the planet on a path toward dangerous levels of global warming.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World

VW cheating software may be on more vehicles, EPA says

WASHINGTON — Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal widened Friday as the Environmental Protection Agency said that software allowing six-cylinder Volkswagen diesel engines to cheat on pollution tests is on more models than originally thought.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Business Wire

VW faces costly options to fix polluting diesel cars

DETROIT — When Volkswagen submits a plan to fix emissions-cheating diesel engines on Friday, it will have only two options for most of the cars.It can install a bigger exhaust system to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, or it can retrofit a chemical treatment process that...

Date: 11/19/2015 | Business Wire

More than 400 gallons of diesel spilled into Willamette River

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard says more than 400 gallons of diesel were spilled into the Willamette River north of Portland.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Northwest

The warmer it gets, the more economy hurts, study says

WASHINGTON — With each upward degree, global warming will singe the economies of three-quarters of the world’s nations and widen the north-south gap between rich and poor countries, according to a new economic and science study.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Nation & World

Health officials: Avoid Port Ludlow Bay after sewage spill

PORT LUDLOW — Jefferson County health officials are warning people to avoid contact with Port Ludlow Bay after about 25,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the waterway.

Date: 10/13/2015 | Northwest

VW may pay diesel cars owners for lost value

DETROIT — Volkswagen could compensate owners of diesel-powered cars that emit high levels of pollutants, possibly by paying them for the lost value of their vehicles, the company’s top U.S. executive said.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Business Wire

Court upholds $236 million verdict against Exxon Mobil

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Business Wire

EPA stiffens rules on smog emissions

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency adopted a stricter smog limit Thursday that will force states to reduce emissions over the next decade, improving respiratory health for millions of people through pollution controls that will cost industry billions of dollars.EPA...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Nation & World

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

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