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July 23, 2014

A State Forest In Oregon Could Be Sold To Timber Companies

All 93,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest on the south Oregon coast could be sold to private timber companies.

New Safety Rules Proposed To Curb Oil Train Fires

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.

Forest Service Expands Ban On Exploding Targets

But the Forest Service says exploding targets the past two years have started at least 16 wildfires in Western states that cost $33 million to fight.

Obama Attributes Wildfires To Climate Change

President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in Washington, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.

July 22, 2014

Columbia Sportswear Fined For Failing To Label Clothes Treated With Pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Portland-based Columbia Sportswear $100,800 for failing to label clothes treated with pesticides.

New Report: Oso Landslide Rooted In Long History Of Slides

Rain, groundwater seepage and a long history of big landslides in the area top the list of potential contributors to the Oso Landslide, according to a new report.

Crew Fatigue Persists As Oil By Rail Increases Risks

Fatigue remains a major cause of railroad accidents and incidents after decades of warnings. Safety advocates say oil by rail has raised the stakes for finding a solution.

EarthFix Conversation: Puget Sound Whales For Sale

It wasn't long ago that the endangered orcas of Puget Sound were being hunted and sold into captivity. A new book documents this dark period in orca history.

July 21, 2014

Wolves Kill Calf In Northeastern Oregon

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says wolves killed a domestic calf on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

July 18, 2014

One-Man Train Crews Could Soon Operate In Northwest

BNSF Railway trains in the Pacific Northwest could soon have one-man crews.

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