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
TUMWATER — Washington state regulators have fined Shell Oil Products $77,000 after an investigation found that it failed to control a toxic release.
Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest
KENNEWICK — Workers have removed about 129 tons of concentrated chromium form the soil along Washington State’s Columbia River.
Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest
There are names better known nationally among this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, announced earlier this week by the White House, but...
Date: 11/20/2015 | Editorials
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
"This is huge. A head of state has never rejected a major fossil fuel project because of its climate impacts before. The president's decision sets the standard for what climate action looks like: standing up to the fossil fuel industry, and keeping fossil fuels in the...
Date: 11/17/2015 | Commentary
OLYMPIA — Washington state is taking enforcement action against Volkswagen, saying the company violated the state’s Clean Air Act.
Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest
TOLEDO, Ohio — The U.S. Coast Guard is leading efforts to find a leak of what it believes is a petroleum-based substance coming from a sunken barge on the bottom of Lake Erie near the U.S.-Canadian border.What makes that so challenging goes beyond just the location of the wreckage.
Date: 10/26/2015 | Nation & World
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
Penn Cove mussels to be used to track pollutants in Puget Sound
Date: 10/21/2015 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Agriculture is seeking to revoke the license of a company that conducts aerial pesticide spraying on private timberlands, after the company disregarded a previous license suspension.
Date: 10/16/2015 | Northwest
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Interior Department announced Friday it is cancelling future lease sales and will not extended current leases in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern coast, a decision that significantly reduces the chances for future Arctic offshore drilling.
Date: 10/16/2015 | Business Wire
JUNEAU, Alaska — The state and federal governments have decided not to pursue $92 million in additional damages from Exxon Mobil Corp., citing the recovery of ducks and sea otters in Alaska’s Prince William Sound following a devastating oil spill more than two decades ago.
Date: 10/14/2015 | Northwest
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
OLYMPIA — Washington shellfish managers have postponed the fall start of razor clam digging on ocean beaches. They say toxin levels in the clams are too high.
Date: 10/09/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The state Department of Ecology is crafting plans to continue its cleanup of areas polluted by the Everett Smelter, and is soliciting public comment until Nov. 3. A public meeting will also be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Hawthorne Elementary School.
Date: 10/03/2015 | Local News
ARLINGTON — Local detergent maker Country Save hopes an overhauled federal labelling campaign will catch safety-conscious shoppers' eyes.The Arlington-based company's products are among the first on shelves with the U.S.
Date: 10/03/2015 | Business
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
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
FERNDALE — The state Department of Ecology has fined a livestock owner $12,000 for polluting waterways with manure north of Bellingham.
Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added a grain handling facility in Spokane County to the national Superfund list.The site is in the town of Freeman, about 15 miles east of Spokane.
Date: 09/29/2015 | Northwest
In the wake of Volkswagen's truly astonishing admission of wrongdoing, Martin Winterkorn, the chief executive of the world's No. 1 carmaker, stepped down Wednesday. This should be only the beginning of the consequences. The U.S. government must show that it will not tolerate systematic...
Date: 09/27/2015 | Commentary
KENT — Washington Department of Ecology officials say they have fined the owner of a now-closed metal sign company $10,000 for disregarding an order to manage and dispose of potentially hazardous waste.
Date: 09/26/2015 | Northwest
BERLIN — Volkswagen's chief executive was under withering pressure Monday as an emissions-testing scandal erased more than $15 billion from the company's market value in a single trading session.The stock plunge followed revelations that the German carmaker had rigged...
Date: 09/21/2015 | Business Wire
By David SirotaEnvironmental groups and Democratic legislators are pressuring New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to say that General Electric must continue cleaning up the massive pollution the company dumped into the Hudson River from 1947 to 1977. Cuomo's own environmental...
Date: 09/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists
LYNNWOOD — A short-tailed albatross that died while undergoing rehabilitation here is being used to further research on the rare species. Three fishermen rescued the large seabird last month in Neah Bay on the northwest coast of Washington.
Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News
Among those who are concerned about the effects of climate change and want to see steps taken to slow it, most are supportive of placing a cap on carbon emissions.Carbon dioxide, while only a small fraction of a percentage of our atmosphere, is increasing. That increase in...
Date: 09/16/2015 | Editorials
GRANITE FALLS — Plans to build an off-road motorcycle racetrack along the Mountain Loop Highway may have fallen through for good following a judge's ruling last month.The decision overturns approvals that
Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News
SHIPROCK, N.M. — Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, made famous from the Oscar-winning movie bearing her name, on Tuesday accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of lying about how much toxic wastewater spilled from a Colorado mine and fouled rivers in three Western states.
Date: 09/08/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — A Waste Management proposal to transport toxic soil across the Duwamish River is drawing criticism from activists who are concerned about possible spills.
Date: 09/08/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — A popular north Everett park is closing for several months starting Tuesday while work crews clear contaminated dirt left behind by a long-gone smelter.
Date: 09/08/2015 | Local News
CLE ELUM — The Washington Department of Ecology is offering a $250 rebate to Kittitas County residents who turn in their old woodstoves to be recycled.
Date: 09/06/2015 | Northwest
The Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee now have some motivation. And a deadline.The federal Environmental Protection Agency has notified the state that it intends to move forward with a stringent clean-water...
Date: 09/04/2015 | Editorials
KELSO — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Foster Farms in Kelso $44,000 for releasing untreated chicken processing wastewater to a treatment plant.
Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — The Seward Park swimming beach on Lake Washington will be closed for at least a day following a sewage spill Wednesday morning.Seattle officials say the beach will be closed until test results are back from the lab. They are expected back Thursday afternoon.
Date: 08/26/2015 | Northwest
On Sunday mornings, I often watch the CBS news magazine, "Sunday Morning." Usually the show does gushing puff pieces for celebrities and the filthy rich. I zip through those to get to the occasional nugget that might be waiting.A recent Sunday's nugget was about...
Date: 08/22/2015 | Commentary
WINLOCK — An oil spill of a different sort appears to have killed hundreds if not thousands of small fish in a Lewis County creek on Tuesday, said a spokesman for the state Ecology Department.
Date: 08/18/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — In her first major break with President Obama over environmental policy, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she opposed drilling in the Alaskan Arctic because it is too dangerous.
Date: 08/18/2015 | Nation & World
KENNEWICK — A federal judge has ruled that the Department of Energy will be required to build new storage tanks for high level radioactive waste at Hanford Nuclear Reservation if it does not meet certain deadlines related to cleanup projects.
Date: 08/14/2015 | Northwest
NORTHPORT — Teck Metals Limited and Teck American Incorporated have reached a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin removing lead and other pollution in the Northport area of northeast Washington.
Date: 08/14/2015 | Northwest
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
Having hit a wall of opposition in the Legislature this session, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee remains committed to moving forward in some fashion with his initiatives for cleaner air and water.Inslee, who favors baseball metaphors, struck out three times with proposed...
Date: 08/13/2015 | Editorials
MONROE — In a news release last week, the state Department of Corrections announced that some of its prisons had earned environmental awards from a fellow agency, the state...
Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News
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
Along with being great Scrabble words, rare earth elements — with names like europium. promethium and scandium — are key components in our cellphones and other consumer electronics as...
Date: 08/12/2015 | Editorials
JUNEAU, Alaska — Hundreds of tons of marine debris have been collected from the shores of Alaska and British Columbia as part of an unprecedented cleanup effort that an organizer says barely made a dent in the rubbish that remains on beaches.
Date: 08/07/2015 | Northwest
TACOMA — Several dozen companies and public entities will restore salmon habitat to settle a lawsuit filed by federal, state and tribal agencies seeking to make them pay for environmental damages to Tacoma’s Commencement Bay, the U.S. Department of Justice and others announced Thursday.
Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest
The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth's climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.With one possible exception —...
Date: 08/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists
SPOKANE — The city of Spokane is suing the international agrochemical giant Monsanto, which it blames for pollution in the Spokane River.
Date: 08/03/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.
Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World
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
Gov. Jay Inslee is said to be weighing whether to take the dare and swallow what's been dubbed the "poison pill" that Republicans inserted into the $16.2 billion transportation package to dissuade him from moving forward with one of his key environmental proposals.
Date: 07/26/2015 | Editorials
Millions of pink salmon are bound for Washington rivers and streams this year. Biologists are worried that when they return, they might find the water too warm and shallow for spawning and cause more problems for fish already struggling
Date: 07/19/2015 | Local News
MARYSVILLE — A state appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that found the city of Marysville violated the state Public Records Act.The city was sued by
Date: 07/13/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — The East Waterway is finally getting cleaned up. Just don’t expect it to happen quickly.The waterway, an inlet off Possession Sound between the Port of Everett and Naval Station Everett, has long borne the brunt of industrial activity along the city’s waterfront.
Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News
The saga of what some have called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history passed a milestone on Thursday. BP, the company in charge of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded a mile above the Gulf of Mexico seafloor five years ago, announced that it has reached a...
Date: 07/06/2015 | Commentary
Most Americans believe the chemicals in products they buy in the supermarket have been tested for safety. But the scandalous truth is our main chemical safety law is so badly broken that no one has the authority to ensure the safety of chemicals used in everything from cleaning products...
Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary
It took 41 years from the time it was enacted by Congress for the Clean Air Act to limit the amount of mercury and other poisonous substances that coal-fired power plants are allowed spew into the air. A ruling Monday from the Supreme Court, which struck those limits on something very...
Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary
OLYMPIA — State officials are rewriting water quality rules and the update could change how Snohomish County farmers use manure lagoons.The Department of Ecology is updating permits it issues for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Those are farms that discharge...
Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News
Even with two special sessions and counting, there were issues that the Legislature didn't get to this year. But with lawmakers' likely failure to pass legislation that would have helped the state Department of Ecology develop and enforce water quality rules, the state may now be...
Date: 07/02/2015 | Editorials
TOKYO — Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan’s big push toward “a hydrogen society.”
Date: 07/02/2015 | Business Wire
Viewpoints: Can technology cut airliners' carbon emissions?
Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary
Viewpoints: Pope Francis calls for action on climate change
Date: 06/21/2015 | Commentary
BEND, Ore. — The organizers say there won’t be another of their 364-mile backpacking-by-bicycle rides over mostly gravel and dirt roads in central Oregon because the riders didn’t clean up after themselves.
Date: 06/20/2015 | Northwest
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
EVERETT — A global building-materials company faces $21,000 in state fines over allegations that concrete and muddy water flowed from a local facility into city storm drains.
Date: 06/09/2015 | Local News
The Obama administration's issuance this week of the Clean Water Rule to restore safeguards under the 1972 Clean Water Act will help keep our waters clean — from stream to sea and...
Date: 05/29/2015 | Editorials
Most of us give little thought to what we wash down the drain each morning after scrubbing our faces and brushing our teeth, but some of it — specifically tiny bits of plastic called microbeads — hangs out in streams, lakes and seas and finds its way into the food chain.
Date: 05/28/2015 | Editorials
SPOKANE — An agreement has been reached to clean up the radioactive K West Basin on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site.
Date: 05/26/2015 | Northwest
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
BELLINGHAM — A $35 million environmental cleanup effort of a polluted Bellingham waterfront site could begin as early as July.
Date: 05/22/2015 | Northwest
Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-March on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean."Climate change can no longer be denied ... and action can no...
Date: 05/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists
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
There may yet be some hope that the Legislature can pass carbon-reduction legislation this year.With the special session well under way and little being said publicly about budget negotiations, Democrats in the House have
Date: 05/13/2015 | Editorials
In October, NBC aired the news that a University of Washington women's soccer coach, who also coaches youth soccer, noticed a pattern of cancer among soccer players. That was a wake-up call for the general public to get informed about materials used in artificial turf,...
Date: 05/09/2015 | Commentary
OLYMPIA — State health officials are restricting shellfish harvesting in sections of three commercial growing areas due to high levels of bacteria.The state Department of Health announced the restrictions Tuesday for Hood Canal 6, Pickering Passage and Vaughn Bay.
Date: 05/05/2015 | Northwest
Some in the railroad and oil industries may believe the recent legislative and regulatory attention paid them is unwarranted. But the news keeps getting in the way of their point:Federal investigators reported late last week that 16 cars in a 100-car Burlington Northern...
Date: 05/05/2015 | Editorials
Viewpoints: How whale watching boats can help
Date: 05/03/2015 | Commentary
After several delays, the Forest Service plans to close access to the Monte Cristo town site beginning on Monday. The closure is to allow for cleanup of contamination in the area.
Date: 05/01/2015 | Explore NW
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. — Amid lurking alligators and the steamy heat of Florida's Everglades, President Barack Obama on Wednesday sounded the alarm about damage from climate change he said was already wreaking mayhem in Florida and across the United States.In...
Date: 04/23/2015 | Nation & World
When he introduced in November the report of a 21-member citizens panel recommending strategies for reducing carbon pollution, Gov. Jay Inslee expressed hope...
Date: 04/22/2015 | Editorials
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
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
Snohomish County has launched a new initiative to replace and repair aging septic systems by providing homeowners with convenient financing options.The county launched its Savvy Septic program earlier this...
Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News
Amendments by the state House and Senate to water quality legislation proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee have limited its scope and its ability to take timely action and could also now invite enforcement action by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.The gutting of the...
Date: 04/14/2015 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — With the feds pressing Gov. Jay Inslee to better protect consumers from toxic chemicals in fish, a Senate committee gutted a potentially pivotal bill to allow the state to set up a new toxic-cleanup program.Inslee now opposes the legislation, saying it would...
Date: 04/12/2015 | Local News
Improving Washington's infrastructure and transportation system is a top priority for state legislators on both sides of the aisle. This is good news for people who work in the manufacturing and transportation industries and lends an opportunity to create jobs in the state. The one...
Date: 04/12/2015 | Commentary
YAKIMA — Federal officials say they have finished cleaning up a Yakima home where children were discovered playing with mercury, which is highly toxic.
Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest
Monte Cristo townsite, a popular hiking destination off of the Mountain Loop Highway, will be off-limits beginning April 15. The area will be closed to allow work to clean up toxic metals that are leftover from mining in the area.
Date: 04/07/2015 | Explore NW
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 — 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
EVERETT — State regulators Thursday recommended fining Burlington Northern Santa Fe up to $700,000 for 14 hazardous materials spills in recent months, including two in Everett.The state
Date: 03/20/2015 | Local News
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
PORT ANGELES — Authorities are advising people to stay out of Port Angeles Harbor for the next week after heavy rainfall sent 7 million gallons of diluted sewage into the water.The Peninsula Daily News reported that an environmental advisory is in effect until next Monday.
Date: 03/18/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Legislation tied to the state’s efforts to update water quality standards is headed to the Senate after winning approval in the House.Gov. Jay Inslee had requested the legislation aimed at tackling toxic pollution at its source.
Date: 03/13/2015 | Northwest
Republican-backed legislation in the Senate meant to require the state's utilities to reduce carbon emissions is worthy of praise. It's just too bad those backing the legislation couldn't show more confidence in why they proposed it in the first place.
Date: 03/12/2015 | Editorials
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
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
BOISE, Idaho — Oregon, Idaho and Washington residents are among the top polluters in the nation when it comes to fine particle emissions from burning wood to heat homes.
Date: 03/08/2015 | Northwest