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Washington state: Car wash chemical dangerous to workers

TUMWATER — A chemical commonly used at commercial car and truck washes can be dangerous to workers, according to new research by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

Date: 08/22/2015 | Northwest

New Coke bottle made from plant material

MILWAUKEE — The first plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based materials made its debut Wednesday at the World Expo in Milan, Italy, the bottle's developers announced Wednesday.Virent Inc. of Madison, Wis., and Coca-Cola Co. announced that the bottle, made...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire

Food giants gobble up organic suppliers

WASHINGTON — One of the essential questions of the organic movement is, "What foods are worthy of the USDA ‘organic' label?"The legal definition of the word is hammered down in semi-annual meetings, one of which was held last week, that involve a...

Date: 05/07/2015 | Business Wire

New Oregon rule restricts use of bee-killing products

SALEM, Ore. — A new Oregon state rule bans the use of four types of bee-killing insecticides on certain trees.

Date: 02/28/2015 | Northwest

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

County in Oregon holds off enforcement of GMO ban

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County won’t be enforcing the ban on genetically modified crops approved by voters last May until a lawsuit filed by alfalfa famers is resolved.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Northwest

Ozone layer recovering, scientists say

WASHINGTON — Earth's protective but fragile ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of...

Date: 09/11/2014 | Nation & World

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