Pollution

Environment
5:42 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Report: More illness, shorter lifespans in Duwamish River valley

This map shows the cumulative health impact scores for 10 of Seattle's zip codes.
Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition

A new report shows residents of Seattle’s Duwamish River valley are exposed to more pollution, have greater vulnerability to pollution-caused illnesses and live shorter lives than residents in other areas of Seattle and King County.

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Environment
8:42 am
Thu October 11, 2012

U.S. judge to rule on Canadian firm's dumping in Columbia River

The Trail, BC smelter abuts the Columbia River near the U.S. border. Photo courtesy of Teck Resources Ltd.

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 7:37 am

YAKIMA, Wash. – A case involving cross border pollution of the Columbia River rests in the hands of a federal judge today. A Native American tribe and the state of Washington have sued to hold a Canadian mining giant responsible for smelter waste that washed downriver from British Columbia into Washington.

This story should really start in the small town of Trail, British Columbia. It's home to a big lead and zinc smelter. The industrial complex spreads across a bluff above the Columbia River less than 10 miles upstream from the U.S. border.

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Environment
11:37 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court says pollution tax constitutional

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the state's existing hazardous substances tax, which was approved by voters in 1988, is constitutional.

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Pollution
12:14 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Garbage from massive party closes popular Wash. recreation area

On this screen grab from KREM.com, the cause of the garbage on the Illia Dunes is apparent.

PULLMAN, Wash. – A popular recreation area along the Snake River near Pullman will not be open for Labor Day because it was trashed last weekend by hard-partying visitors.

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Pollution
9:09 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Asian fires clouding Seattle's sunny skies

A MODIS satellite image that shows the smoke yesterday very clearly.
Cliff Mass KPLU

The smoky skies over Seattle are likely from Asia and not Western fires, says Cliff Mass, KPLU weather forecaster and University of Washington professor.

In his blog post on the smoke, he said the air over us can be traced back to Asia at low levels.

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Environment
4:56 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Personal care products, pharmaceutical toxics found in Columbia River

The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River near the west end of the Columbia River Gorge. Photo courtesy of USGS

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 6:21 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Giant smoke stacks and industrial dump sites are no longer the only water quality problem on the Columbia River. A recent study has found that our day-to-day life has a major impact as well.

U.S. Geological Survey researchers looked at nine cities along the river, from Wenatchee to Longview, Wash. They detected hundreds of contaminants flowing from wastewater treatment plants and stormwater runoff.

Hydrologist Jennifer Morace says the toxic contaminants included things like shampoo and pharmaceuticals.

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Environment
1:50 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Puget Sound 'tub' tainted by industrial residue of toxic dioxin

A dioxin survey map from the EPA, establishing baseline data through sampling by the research vessel Bold. Sediment samples were collected and analyzed at 70 locations throughout the Sound.
US EPA image

When you think about Puget Sound, a bathtub might not be the first image to come to mind.

But that’s one way environmentalists and scientists sometimes describe it, because the shape of Puget Sound is an important factor when it comes to keeping it clean.

A long-awaited report from the Environmental Protection Agency on the health effects of dioxin is confirming what many experts have known for a long time. 

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Environment
3:16 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

UW study finds toxins emanating from dryer vents

Researchers have found plenty of pollutants in dryer exhausts.
Kerry Lannert KPLU

The sweet smell from your dryer vent could contain toxic pollution.

A new study from the University of Washington found hazardous chemicals in the air after clothes were laundered with scented detergents and dryer sheets. At least two of the chemicals are considered carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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