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Turning Plastics To Oil In Portland? Maybe Later

A Portland facility that turns hard-to-recycle plastics into crude oil will be shuttered while owner Waste Management explores newer technology options.

by Cassandra Profita

Waste Management plans to idle its new plastics-to-oil facility in North Portland. It’s only been operating for 16 months, but perhaps not as well as the company had hoped.


How One Oregon Town Symbolizes Push To Shift Coal Pollution Abroad

July 29, 2014 | by AP

Oregon Oil Train Safety Report Calls For More Rail Inspectors, Fees

July 25, 2014 | by Cassandra Profita

Washington Vied For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Worth Thousands Of Jobs

July 25, 2014 | by Austin Jenkins

Work Continues At Seattle Oil-Train Derailment

July 25, 2014 | by AP

Study: Coal Project Would Help One Puget Sound County But Others Would Pay

July 24, 2014 | by Ashley Ahearn, Tony Schick

Oil Train Tanker Cars Derail In Seattle

July 24, 2014 | by Ashley Ahearn, AP

New Safety Rules Proposed To Curb Oil Train Fires

July 23, 2014 | by Tony Schick

Crew Fatigue Persists As Oil By Rail Increases Risks

July 22, 2014 | by Tony Schick

One-Man Train Crews Could Soon Operate In Northwest

July 18, 2014 | by Tony Schick

Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms

July 17, 2014 | by Anna King

Groups Seek Ban Of Older Oil Train Tankers

July 15, 2014 | by AP

Influence Game: Shaping Railroad Safety Rules

July 14, 2014 | by AP

Pipeline Infrastructure Struggles To Keep Up With Oil And Gas Boom

July 14, 2014 | by Stephanie Joyce

Sightline Institute Authors Report Questioning Tesoro’s Track Record

July 11, 2014 | by Tony Schick

New Polling Shows Support In Northwest For Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions

July 10, 2014 | by Ashley Ahearn

Tribes: Fishing Rights Not For Sale

July 10, 2014 | by Courtney Flatt

Poll: Most Northwest Residents Support Oil Trains But Don’t Know Much About The Issue

July 9, 2014 | by Tony Schick, Cassandra Profita

Poll: More Northwest Residents Support Coal Export

July 7, 2014 | by Courtney Flatt

3 Oil Trains Travel Through Oregon Each Week

July 3, 2014 | by Courtney Flatt

A Northwest Utility Steps Back From Coal, Pivots To Natural Gas

July 3, 2014 | by Courtney Flatt

Lawsuit Over Air Pollution Permits Targets Oregon Oil Terminal

July 2, 2014 | by Devan Schwartz

Rail Workers Raise Doubts About Safety Culture As Oil Trains Roll On

July 2, 2014 | by Ashley Ahearn, Tony Schick

Appeals Board Finds Bias, Orders County To Re-Vote On LNG Pipeline

June 27, 2014 | by Cassandra Profita

More Than 15 Oil Trains Per Week Travel Through Washington

June 24, 2014 | by Tony Schick

BNSF Won’t Seek Injunction To Stop Release Of Oil Train Info In Washington

June 23, 2014 | by Tony Schick

Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To The Courtroom

June 17, 2014 | by Courtney Flatt

Washington State, Energy Department Continue Talks Over Hanford Tank Cleanup

June 17, 2014 | by Anna King

Controversial Crude Oil And Coal Export Dock In Line For Oregon Subsidies

June 11, 2014 | by Cassandra Profita

How Crowdfunding May Help Build Solar Roadways

June 11, 2014 | by Courtney Flatt

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Senate Panel Questions Ecology On Review Of Coal Terminal

by Ashley Ahearn

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.


Northwest Officials Receive Little Information On Oil-By-Rail Shipments


by Ashley Ahearn, Tony Schick

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.


EPA Proposes Standards For Cleaner Burning Wood Stoves

by Amelia Templeton

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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