Environment

Coal Dust Threatens Cascadia’s Water and Wildlife

When it comes to coal in the water, what we don’t know might hurt us. Although there’s not much published scientific research on the impacts of coal and coal dust in the environment, the potential for harm to wildlife is serious.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Keep Falling in the U.S.

Though the levels increased slightly in 2013 and 2014, last year’s drop is in line with the gradual decline that’s been occurring for a decade. The nearly 5.3 billion metric tons of energy-related carbon dioxide the country added to the atmosphere in 2015 is 12 percent smaller than that number in 2005.

Feds Move Forward Rejecting Southeast Idaho Dam Project

Federal authorities have issued a final environmental impact statement recommending denial of a proposed dam in southeast Idaho on the Bear River. The next step in the process is for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to make a final decision on whether to deny or allow the project.

Army Corps Rejects Permit for Coal Terminal at Cherry Point

The proposed coal terminal for Cherry Point is likely dead after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a needed permit Monday, May 9. “It’s truly disturbing that the Army Corps took the unprecedented step today to deny the permit for the Gateway Pacific Terminal project even before releasing the draft Environmental Impact Statement,” Kathryn Stenger, spokesperson for the Alliance for NW Jobs & Exports, said. Lummi members cheered the announcement as it was made in Lummi Indian Business Council chambers.

For EPA, Blowback On “What’s Upstream?” Carries A Familiar Refrain

The blowback toward the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its Region 10 northwest office is growing, because EPA grant money was used in Washington state for political lobbying that targeted agriculture in a ham-fisted manner. And it’s not only “how” this happened, but also “how often” that is concerning the public.

Judge Rejects Feds’ Latest Plan To Help Salmon Survive Columbia River Dams

In a ruling Wednesday, Federal District Court Judge Michael Simon rejected the government’s latest plan for protecting salmon in the Columbia River Basin, saying the system of fish-blocking dams “cries out for a new approach.” It’s the fifth time a federal judge has ruled against the plan that guides dam operations on the Columbia and Snake rivers. In his 149-page ruling, the judge called for a whole new environmental analysis of how dams affect salmon as well as a new plan by March 2018.

AG Targets 90 Conservative Groups in Controversial Climate Change Probe

The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is targeting dozens of conservative and libertarian organizations in a racketeering lawsuit against climate change skeptics that has been widely described as an effort to silence political opponents. The subpoena was part of a national, coordinated legal campaign by state attorneys general and left-wing advocacy groups to use the legal system against companies and organizations that disagree with and advocate against Democratic policies to address global climate change.

State AG Considers Legal Options to Protect Hanford Workers

Washington state’s attorney general is exploring further legal options to keep Hanford workers safe from chemical vapors, he said in a statement released early Tuesday evening. The announcement came after a day when six more Hanford workers received medical evaluations for possible exposure to chemical vapors.