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Dec. 19, 2014

Oregon Turns To Redemption Centers To Boost Return Of Empty Bottles And Cans

Oregon Bottle Bill redemption rates aren't expected to come close to topping the 80 percent return rate needed to keep the deposit at a nickel. Are bottle redemption centers the answer?

Dec. 18, 2014

Portland Regional Government Approves Climate Strategy

Portland's regional government approved a climate strategy Thursday that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the metro area by 29 percent over 20 years.

Northwest Coal Export Terminals Could Get Financial Help From State Of Wyoming

A government agency in the coal-producing state of Wyoming wants to help pay for coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest that have been struggling to attract financing.

Appeals Court Finds No Bias In Commissioner’s Oregon LNG Vote

The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the finding of a state appeals board that Clatsop County Commissioner Peter Huhtala was biased and unfit to vote on a land-use permit for the Oregon LNG pipeline.

Dec. 17, 2014

Scientists Report Rare Sightings Of Tropical Species Off West Coast

Scientists surveying whales and dolphins on the West Coast have discovered unusual species of birds and marine mammals far north of their normal ranges.

Stiff Tariffs Imposed To Help U.S. Solar Panel Makers Compete

The Obama administration delivers a trade war victory to the U.S. solar industry. The move is seen as a boost to an Oregon manufacturer.

Yakima Valley Dairies Pledge To Reduce Nitrate Pollution

After a more than a year of testing, dairies in Washington’s Lower Yakima Valley are trying to reduce pollution from manure. The EPA is presenting its findings at a meeting in Granger, Washington, Thursday.

Inslee Reveals Plan For Curbing Washington’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee rolls out his plan to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption and expand production of clean, renewable energy. He acknowledges that opposition awaits.

Inslee: ‘Our Worst Polluters Will Step Up And Pay’

The Washington governor wants to charge the state's major polluters to help pay for a transportation plan that includes safety projects and congestion relief.

Dec. 16, 2014

Washington Court Rules Against Landowners In Skagit Water Rights Case

A Washington judge says landowners have no case in their challenge against a state rule that's stopping them from drilling a well at the expense of spawning salmon in the Skagit River.

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