Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year.
The Washington Legislature returned to Olympia this week, presenting the first opportunity for lawmakers to hold hearings on the Department of Ecology's decision last year to consider the climate-change footprint of exporting Wyoming and Montana coal to be burned in Asia.
Northwesterners are paying attention to the fiery derailments hitting other parts of North America where the oil-by-rail boom is underway. State regulators here say they need more disclosure from railroad and oil companies to prepare for such oil-train mishaps.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards for wood stoves that would require manufacturers to build stoves that emit less soot and smoke.
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