Earlier this month, I was in a King County courtroom as history was being made. I am one of eight petitioners under the age of 18 who sued the Washington state Department of Ecology and won — not once but three times! The court not only affirmed that we children have...
Date: 05/21/2016 | Commentary
Just days after London’s new mayor revealed plans to clamp down on the city’s toxic smog, the Chinese owner of the London Taxi Co. raised $400 million for a project to electrify its fleet of iconic black cabs.
Date: 05/20/2016 | Business Wire
Even more annoying than the whine of a mosquito has been the U.S. House Republicans' response to the Zika virus.In February, President Barack Obama made an emergency request for $1.9 billion to fund vaccine research, mosquito control efforts and other work to timely address...
Date: 05/19/2016 | Editorials
When West Virginians voted in Tuesday's presidential primary, their choices included Donald Trump, who promises to put coal miners back to work, and Hillary Clinton, who promises to put them out of business. It's not hard to see why Trump had a stronger claim on voters' sympathies.
Date: 05/15/2016 | Commentary
Monday's decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny a permit to build the nation's largest coal export terminal at Cherry...
Date: 05/11/2016 | Editorials
Recently, billboards have popped up in Western Washington that were sponsored by a campaign called "What's Upstream?" They were paid for with taxpayer money via a grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Their message: Agriculture is damaging our state's...
Date: 05/01/2016 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study.
Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World
Scientists say they have made a startling discovery about the link between domestic oil and gas development and the world’s levels of atmospheric ethane — a carbon compound that can both damage air quality and contribute to climate change. A new study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters has...
Date: 04/28/2016 | Northwest
April is all about trees, so do your part and plant a native one
Date: 04/28/2016 | Home and Garden
Any certainty that residents of Washington state wouldn't need to worry about lead in our drinking water — as the residents of Flint, Michigan, have had to endure — has evaporated with recent stories from across the state that testing has found high levels of lead in water...
Date: 04/24/2016 | Editorials
TACOMA — Tacoma Water officials say testing has revealed high levels of lead at water lines leading to four homes and that about 1,700 customers may be affected.
Date: 04/21/2016 | Northwest
So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area — energy and the environment — where the Obama administration has made startling progress that could be reversed if either of the GOP front-runners...
Date: 04/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists
BELLINGHAM — Health officials have closed the recreational harvest for all molluscan shellfish on beaches in northern Washington state.The closure came after unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning biotoxin were detected.
Date: 04/06/2016 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon health officials say they’ve discovered a small, statistically significant cluster of bladder cancer diagnoses in two North Portland neighborhoods near a glassmaking business.
Date: 04/02/2016 | Northwest
In a hearing this week about the poisonous water in Flint, Michigan, Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Georgia, tried to blame the lead-tainted water on the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency.EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy explained that, under the law Congress...
Date: 03/21/2016 | Opinion Columnists
For the last two years, our four tribal nations have participated in a Canadian regulatory proceeding opposing an oil pipeline most in the United States have never heard of. The Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline, while proposed on Canadian soil, would result in a dramatic...
Date: 03/20/2016 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is sounding alarms over potential dangers in the water supplies on the nation’s Indian reservations, saying the vast majority of tribe members live on reservations that haven’t adopted federally approved standards.
RICHLAND — Department of Energy officials say they do not anticipate any layoffs at Hanford despite a proposed budget that would sharply decrease funding for the next fiscal year.
SEATTLE — Washington state wildlife officials are shucking mussels in hopes of identifying contaminates in the Puget Sound.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon has been fined $1.2 million for failing to address coastal pollution from logging, agriculture and other sources.
Date: 03/12/2016 | Northwest
KENNEWICK — Workers have started removing nuclear waste from a leaking tank at the Hanford Site just one day before a state of Washington deadline.
Date: 03/04/2016 | Northwest
EVERETT — The Port of Everett wants to remove contaminated sediment in Port Gardner so it can expand Pacific Terminal to handle larger cargo ships.The state Department of Ecology has to approve the project, which the port expects to cost $10 million. Port officials say...
Date: 03/03/2016 | Local News
One of the gray linings in the silver cloud that is cheap gasoline is a significant loss of revenue for a fund that since it was created by state voters in 1988 has helped to clean up thousands of sites contaminated by hazardous waste.The Model Toxics Control Act imposes a...
Date: 03/01/2016 | Editorials
As any Northwestern knows from experience, a good rain has a cleansing effect.But that cleansing results in impacts downstream, literally.Every acre of land in our cities covered by impervious surfaces — roads, parking lots, sidewalks and roofs —...
Date: 02/26/2016 | Editorials
RICHLAND — The uncontrolled spread of small amounts of radioactive waste at Hanford after a Nov. 17 windstorm is alarming, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to the Department of Energy.
Date: 02/22/2016 | Northwest
EVERETT — Oil train explosions might grab headlines, but there are a number of other issues surrounding the shipment of fossil fuels that are bringing a diverse group of local leaders together.
Date: 02/18/2016 | Local News
About 5.5 million people around the world die prematurely every year from breathing polluted air, and the majority of those deaths are occurring in China and India, where factories and coal-fired power plants are fueling economic growth, according to a report released Friday.
Date: 02/14/2016 | Nation & World
The money isn't in hand — that will have to wait for Congress to complete the federal budget process before October — but two transportation projects in Snohomish County are in line to receive federal funding that represents confidence in their value and necessity to...
Date: 02/14/2016 | Editorials
Many in Washington believe that it's time to clear the air regarding climate change. Now environmental groups are currently proposing different approaches to do that. As the 2016 ballot season nears, voters may face multiple options of how best to tackle the challenge.
Date: 02/08/2016 | Business
EVERETT — Testing of an unknown orange slimy substance found in the runoff near the Riverside construction side has confirmed that is iron bacteria.
Date: 02/01/2016 | Local News
LANSING, Mich. — Under fire for his administration's role in Flint's lead-tainted water emergency, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder did something that would be legally required in most other states by releasing his government emails related to the crisis.He did not release...
Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World
It stood to reason that collapsing prices for oil would make clean energy relatively more expensive. That would dampen the public's craving to install solar panels and build wind turbines.Well, let's try to reason again. A lot of opposing forces are shaking the old...
Date: 01/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists
Tesla is gearing up for its biggest-ever unveiling: the Model 3, an affordable electric car that's supposed to take the company from 50,000 vehicle sales last year to 500,000 in 2020. Here's what we know so far.There will...
Date: 01/29/2016 | Business Wire
Jeb Bush explained Sunday why he still thinks Rick Snyder has been "a great governor for Michigan" even after the mass lead poisoning because of tainted tap water in Flint.The disgrace over Flint's water, the Republican presidential prospect told ABC's...
Date: 01/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists
For those still unconvinced about the reality of climate change, the year that just ended should erase any doubt. Climate data from the air, land and water all reveal an indisputable portrait of a warming world.On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
Date: 01/24/2016 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — A federal court has declined to put President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold, meaning Kentucky and other states that sued to block it must comply with it until the legal challenges are resolved.
Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World
SPOKANE — Environmental groups contend a state-owned hatchery on the Little Spokane River uses fish food containing PCBs. They say the hatchery’s wastewater should be monitored as a pollution source.
Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico is suing Volkswagen and other German automakers over an emissions cheating scandal that involves millions of cars worldwide, the first state to do so but almost certainly not the last.
Date: 01/21/2016 | Business Wire
'Ocean Annie' explains why plastics and oceans don't mix
Date: 01/13/2016 | Local News
In his Herald column of Dec. 31, Jerry Cornfield reiterated the calumny that the media persistently drums into folks, inherently taking up one side of a...
Date: 01/09/2016 | Commentary
In 2016, voters in Washington may get the chance to enact the first state carbon tax. To make sure they provide a good example for the other 49, they should adopt the smartest policy with the broadest bipartisan appeal: a revenue-neutral tax.Carbon Washington, an...
Date: 12/31/2015 | Commentary
BEIJING — Beijing was enveloped in eye-watering, throat-irritating smog Saturday as the second red alert of the month went into effect in the Chinese capital, forcing many cars off the roads and restricting factory production.A wave of smog settled over the notoriously...
Date: 12/20/2015 | Nation & World
LE BOURGET, France — Negotiators from 196 countries approved a landmark climate accord Saturday that seeks to dramatically reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for a dangerous warming of the planet.The agreement, adopted after 13 days of intense bargaining...
Date: 12/13/2015 | Nation & World
Negotiators from more than 190 countries on Saturday approved a far-reaching agreement to slow the emission of greenhouse gases and the advancement of climate change.Regardless of whether the pact is ultimately ratified by those nations, and what it will spell out in the...
Date: 12/13/2015 | Editorials
Viewpoints: What can we expect from Paris climate talks?
Almost every day there is an article about global warming, and a demand for the government to do something about it. A rational person would tackle the problem by approaching it at a basic level, and that would be cutting demand for the products that cause pollution. But...
It is true this year's drought and wildfire season wreaked havoc on the state, a point that Gov. Jay Inslee makes while promoting his government-centric carbon emissions reduction plan. But the governor's labeling of those who disagree with the details of his plan as "fear...
Volkswagen executives released more details Thursday about the company's global emissions scandal, saying that even after a fix for the U.S. nitrogen oxide emissions was available, it was not used.Describing the process as a "whole chain of mistakes" rather than...
Date: 12/10/2015 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA – The state Utilities and Transportation Commission on Monday imposed a $71,700 fine on BNSF Railway for failing to timely report several spills of hazardous materials, including two...
Date: 12/07/2015 | Local News
As the Paris climate talks begin, the die is already cast: The world is going to move toward cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy. The question for U.S. policymakers is whether the world's biggest economy gets left behind.President Obama is trying his best to ensure...
Date: 12/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Update (6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1): The burn ban for Darrington is to be lifted at 8 a.m.
Date: 11/30/2015 | Local News
BREMERTON — Bremerton city officials hope to obtain a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up an overgrown, oil-contaminated acre of waterfront property in the Anderson Cove neighborhood.
Date: 11/28/2015 | Northwest
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