Climate Change and the West

Cooling the waters
The EPA orders the Potlatch Corp. pulp mill in Lewiston, Idaho, to cool its wastewater and reduce its pollution of the Snake River.
A spick-and-span plan
The state of Oregon has ordered Portland to reduce sewage overflow into the Willamette River by 94 percent by 2011, but City Commissioner Dan Saltzman says the pollution problem is more complex than that.
Clean-air program may suffocate
In Washington, a tax-slashing ballot initiative is going to hurt the state's clean-air program.
Desert development raises dust
In Phoenix, Ariz., cases of "Valley Fever" are rising as rapid development stirs up pathogens in the area's dust.
Decision may help a granddaddy keep its teeth
The Montana Supreme Court's "clean environment" ruling may help clarify the Montana Environmental Policy Act, considered the "granddaddy" of the state's environmental laws.
Court reads the environment its rights
A precedent-setting legal ruling by the Montana Supreme Court says that Montana citizens have a right to a "clean and healthful" environment.
A lasting chemical legacy
The video, "A Toxic Train Runs Through It," investigates the long-lasting health impacts of a 1996 trail derailment and toxic chemical spill in Alberton, Montana.
Mohave agrees to clean up its act
The Mohave Generating Station in southern Nevada agrees to clean up its operation, which has been notorious for fouling the air over Arizona's Grand Canyon.
Western weather: feast or famine
Meteorologists blame La Niûa for recent extreme weather in the West, with record-breaking snow and rain in the Northwest and Northern Rockies, and drought in the Southwest raising fears of summer wildfires.
Affluent effluent stinks, too
Big Sky, Montana's plan to discharge treated sewage into the Gallatin River has environmentalists, locals and even some of the ritzy ski resort's homeowners in an uproar.
Wyoming regulators gamble on Amoco cleanup
Casper, Wyo.'s Amoco oil refinery is one of the state's most notorious hazardous waste sites, and some fear that EPA's decision to turn over responsibility to the Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality means that cleanup will not be complete.
Plant pays hefty fine for polluting the air
FMC Corp.'s phosphorous plant near Pocatello, Idaho, is fined $11.8 million for environmental violations that include a fire that sent poisonous gas wafting onto Shoshone-Bannock tribal land.
Erosion danger fans flames
A clean-air activist who helped end bluegrass-field burning near Spokane, Wash., is now tackling the practice of wheat-stubble burning on eastern Washington's farmlands.
Dreams of new industry go up in smoke
Dakota Catalyst Products shuts its Williston, N.D., metals recycling plant, leaving behind an environmental mess that is just now becoming public.
Waste Land: Meditations on a Ravaged Landscape
David T. Hanson's disturbing photographs of industrial landscapes are "the topography of our open wounds," writes Wendell Berry in a preface to Hanson's "Waste Land: Meditations on a Ravaged Landscape."
All's not Swell
Environmentalists say Utah Rep. Chris Cannon's bill designating San Rafael Swell wilderness is really an "anti-wilderness bill'' that needs to be opposed.
El Nino sweeps across the West
El Nino's impacts on the West have varied widely and unpredictably.
A giant plume into the air
The controversial Mohave power plant in Laughlin, Nev., is a huge operation that provides pollution as well as power to the Southwest.
We can have electricity, jobs and clean air
A former Hopi chairman says that the owners of the Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nev., whose smoke pollutes the air of the Hopi Reservation, have the ability and the obligation to clean up the plant without closing down.
A Nevada power plant earns itself a lawsuit
The Mohave Generating Plant in southern Nevada is blamed for much of the air pollution that shrouds Grand Canyon, but the plant's owners say cleaning it up will force the plant to close and lay off Navajo workers.