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Sept. 17, 2014

Grant To Help Rebuild Trail Wiped Out By Oso Slide

A $75,000 state grant is helping Snohomish County rebuild a part of a trail buried by the deadly mud slide in Oso.

Scientists On A Quest For Knowledge About Coal Dust Risks

Scientists have a lot of questions about what happens when coal escapes from trains and terminals and gets into the environment.

Sept. 16, 2014

Report Finds Weakness In Seattle’s Ability To Respond To Oil Train Mishap

A new report by public safety agencies highlights several weaknesses in Seattle's ability to respond to an oil train accident.

Sept. 15, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Stronger Oversight Of Aerial Herbicide Spraying

Oregon lawmakers are considering new rules to better protect the public from aerial herbicide spraying.

Flash Floods Create Unusual Problem For Farmers, Fish

Flash floods this August swept mud, debris, and ash through north central Washington. All that gunk has created an unusual problem for farmers and migratory fish.

Corps Halts Review Of Oregon Coal Export Terminal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has brought its review of a proposed coal export terminal to an immediate halt, a blow to the Australian company trying to get coal from the Northern Rockies to an eager Asian market.

New Oregon Forestry Tool Excites Agency But Pesticide Watchdogs Are Disappointed

The Oregon Department of Forestry is unveiling an overhaul of how it tracks what happens on forests within the state. Forest pesticide watchdogs were among the harshest critics of the old system and remain disappointed in the new one.

Sept. 12, 2014

Conservation Groups Say More Lynx Habitat Needs Protection

One of North America’s imperiled wildcats, the Canada lynx, is now federally protected under the Endangered Species Act. But conservation groups say not enough of the cat’s Northwest habitat is protected under the law.

Mine Pays For Environmental Projects As Part Of Fine

High tech weather sensors are now installed throughout the area scorched by the Carlton Complex wildfire. The hope is that they will warn residents of potential flash floods. The funding for the technology is coming from an unusual source.

Vancouver City Council Passes Oil Moratorium

The Vancouver City Council has approved an emergency six-month moratorium on new or expanded facilities that would accept crude oil.

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