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Hanford employee positive for radioactive contamination

RICHLAND — An employee at the Hanford Fire Station has tested positive for a very low level of internal radioactive contamination after handling breathing equipment used at the nuclear reservation’s Plutonium Finishing Plant.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Northwest

Michigan governor asks Legislature for $28.5 million for Flint

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has asked the Legislature to approve an initial appropriation of $28.5 million “to address Flint emergency needs.”The administration is asking for action on the request by the end of January and expects to ask for more money in the future.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Nation & World

State fines Chehalis hotel nearly $98,000 for violations

TUMWATER — State workplace regulators have fined the Chehalis Inn & Suites nearly $98,000 for violating worker safety and health laws.The Department of Labor and Industries said Tuesday that the hotel exposed employees to infectious diseases, corrosive chemicals and asbestos.

Date: 12/08/2015 | Northwest

State again delays commercial crabbing on south coast

OLYMPIA — Commercial crab fishing continues to be delayed on a portion of Washington’s southern coast.

Date: 12/08/2015 | Northwest

Agency: 19 people ill in E. coli outbreak tied to Costco

SEATTLE — Nineteen people in seven states, including Montana, Utah and Colorado, have contracted E. coli in an outbreak linked to chicken salad bought at Costco, federal health officials said Tuesday.

Date: 11/24/2015 | Northwest

Chromium cleanup nearly finished at Columbia River site

KENNEWICK — Workers have removed about 129 tons of concentrated chromium form the soil along Washington State’s Columbia River.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

Small amount of Hanford radiation spread by storm

RICHLAND — Hanford workers are searching for radioactive contamination after a Tuesday windstorm spread some radioactive particles from a waste burial ground.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

Family in hospital recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning

ISSAQUAH — Authorities say a family of six is recovering in the hospital from carbon monoxide poisoning after a van was accidentally left running in their garage.KING-TV reported that fire officials were called to the Issaquah home Saturday morning because someone was...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Northwest

Leaking peroxide in semi-truck sickens workers in Kent

KENT — A leaking container in a semi-truck sent two people to local hospitals after they and three others were exposed to fumes.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest

Toxin from vast algae bloom off West Coast found in wildlife

SEATTLE — Tests on dead or dying marine wildlife show the animals were exposed to a vast bloom of toxic algae that flourished off the West Coast this summer, federal biologists said Tuesday.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Northwest

Toxic algae warning issued for 5 Thurston County lakes

OLYMPIA — Officials have issued health advisories for five lakes in Thurston County that have tested positive for high levels of toxic blue-green algae.The Olympian reported that the advisories apply to Black, Deep, Long, Pattison and Scott lakes.

Date: 11/02/2015 | Northwest

Changes could lead to more health advisories at beaches in Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon beachgoers could soon see a spike in health advisories warning against water contact.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Northwest

Ethanol tanker cars derail, 1 burns in South Dakota

SCOTLAND, S.D. — Seven ethanol tanker cars derailed and at least one caught fire Saturday morning in southeastern South Dakota, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad said. The company said no one was hurt.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Nation & World

36 bottles of ether found near Marysville trash bin

MARYSVILLE — Someone dumped 36 bottles of medical-grade ether in Marysville on Tuesday afternoon, prompting an emergency response.Marysville police aren't sure who did it, or why, Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux said Wednesday. The bottles were found by a neighbor around noon...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Local News

Death toll rises to 50 in huge Chinese port blast

TIANJIN, China — The death toll from the fiery explosions at a warehouse of hazardous chemicals climbed Thursday to 50, and the Chinese government sent experts to the shattered and smoldering port to assess any environmental dangers from the spectacular blasts.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Nation & World

Oregon warns marijuana growers against illegal pesticides

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Authorities are warning Oregon marijuana growers to be very careful using pesticides.

Date: 08/05/2015 | Northwest

Suspicious packages sent to Oregon government buildings

SALEM, Ore. — Authorities in Oregon are investigating suspicious packages sent to government buildings around the state.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest

Hazmat scare at college in Lakewood found to involve pudding

LAKEWOOD — Hazardous material scares aren’t unusual these days but the one that briefly shut down a campus building at a college near Tacoma involved — pudding.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Northwest

What’s ahead for Fukushima nuclear plant?

TOKYO — Four years after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, the road ahead remains riddled with unknowns.The government approved a revised 30-to-40-year roadmap Friday that delays by three years the start of a key initial step...

Date: 06/12/2015 | Business Wire

Pentagon: Suspect anthrax also sent to Canada, Washington

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says it has determined that possibly live anthrax was mistakenly sent to labs in Canada and Washington state, in addition to the numerous labs in the U.S. and abroad that were announced last week.

Date: 06/02/2015 | Northwest

State fines medical waste company $72,000

OLYMPIA — State inspectors have fined a medical waste company $72,000 for repeated violations of federal regulations.

Date: 06/02/2015 | Northwest

Pipeline operator defends shutdown after spill

LOS ANGELES — The operator of the oil pipeline the spilled thousands of gallons of crude on the California coast said it had a safe shutdown process in place.Plains All American Pipeline's safety director said Saturday that its system of having operators remotely shut...

Date: 05/23/2015 | Nation & World

Oregon lawmakers seek money to reduce toxins in Columbia Basin

PORTLAND, Ore. — Several Oregon senators and representatives are pushing for funding to clean up and reduce toxins in the Columbia River Basin.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Northwest

Federal agency drops advisories about reservoir algae blooms in Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will no longer issue advisories against swimming or otherwise using the water during blue-green algae blooms in the 11 Oregon reservoirs it manages.

Date: 05/19/2015 | Northwest

Asbestos-contaminated Montana community to weigh in on final cleanup

BILLINGS, Mont. — Residents of a Montana mining community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure will weigh in this week on a proposal to leave the dangerous material behind in many houses and buildings.

Date: 05/19/2015 | Northwest

State cancels 2 more razor clam digs because of toxins

OLYMPIA — Washington state shellfish managers have canceled two more razor clam digs that had been scheduled this month on ocean beaches. They say toxin levels in the clams are too high.

Date: 05/13/2015 | Northwest

Health officials: Destroy razor clams recently collected

OLYMPIA — State health officials have issued a notice saying all razor clams harvested Thursday on Washington beaches should be destroyed.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Northwest

High toxin levels close Anderson Lake near Port Townsend to recreation

PORT TOWNSEND — Anderson Lake has been closed after testing found high levels of a neurotoxin that can kill within minutes of ingestion.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Northwest

Report: Consider construction limits at Hanford plant

RICHLAND — A new report says the federal government should consider further limiting construction at a facility being built to deal with nuclear waste at Hanford until it has plans to deal with risk.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Northwest

Oil train derailment, fire prompt evacuation in North Dakota town

BISMARCK, N.D. — A train that derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in rural North Dakota was hauling crude from the state's oil patch, but it wasn't immediately known whether it had been treated under new state rules aimed at reducing the volatility of oil from the region.

Date: 05/06/2015 | Northwest

Feds offer exit plan for Montana town’s asbestos cleanup

BILLINGS, Mont. — A long-delayed U.S. government cleanup plan for a Montana community where asbestos contamination has sickened thousands would leave the deadly material in the walls of houses, underground and elsewhere — stirring worries among residents and state officials...

Date: 05/05/2015 | Northwest

New rules issued for oil trains

WASHINGTON — An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation.The Obama...

Date: 04/18/2015 | Nation & World

Rail defect, valves implicated in oil train fire

WASHINGTON — Outlet valves underneath four tank cars in a February oil train derailment in West Virginia were sheared off and the 50,000 gallons of crude oil they released ignited in a fire that subsequently caused several nearby rail cars to explode, according to a federal report.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Nation & World

Oil's track record

Point-Counterpoint: Are stronger rules necessary?

Date: 04/05/2015 | Commentary

Washington rail safety regulators recommend penalties for BNSF

OLYMPIA — State rail safety regulators say BNSF railway should be penalized for failing to report hazardous material spills within the required time limit.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Northwest

Ecology: Everett mill site no longer hazardous

EVERETT — It’s taken 20 years, but the state says a former Weyerhaeuser mill site on Everett’s north side is clean.Contaminated soil at the site has either been trucked away or covered up and doesn’t pose a health threat, according to the state Department of Ecology.

Date: 03/10/2015 | Local News

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