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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.

Sept. 11, 2014

West Coast Leads Surge in Electric Cars

In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads.

Groups Sue Over Oil Shipments In Older Rail Cars

Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Department of Transportation over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars.

Wildfires Burned 567 Square Miles In Washington

Wildfires this summer in Washington have burned about 567 square miles. Last year wildfires burned about 156 square miles in the state.

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