Climate Change and the West

Utah takes waste that Arizona rejected
An unusual collaboration between two working-class, largely minority communities means that waste originally meant to be shipped from Richmond, Calif., to a landfill in Mobile, Ariz., will be sent to a less controversial site in Utah.
The West awakes to 'weird' weather
Strange winter weather brings extremes to the West, from 70-degree days in Colorado to floods in Nevada and snows and ice in the Northwest.
County trashes waste plan
Residents of Elmore County, Idaho, are upset by plans to put the state's largest landfill in their backyard.
Clean air for a price
Washington's Centralia Coal Plant want $80 million in tax breaks to stop polluting the air over Mount Rainier.
Recycling gets rapped
The Environmental Defense Fund pamphlet, "Anti-Recycling Myths," responds to a New York Times article denouncing recycling.
For more information
How to obtain information on the Toxics Release Inventory.
The Toxic West
Charts for each state in the West depict top five chemicals released in air, water and land, and top 10 facilities.
An off-the-books polluter
A loophole in the Toxics Release Inventory keeps mining pollution, except for that caused by smelters, off its lists.
Top 20 polluters
Top 20 companies are ranked according to how many pounds of pollution they release into the air, water and land.
The filthy West
The EPA's Toxic Releases Inventory report documents the annual industrial pollution of land, air and water in the U.S., with six of the top 10 polluters located in the West.
Recyclers challenge Big Steel
"Minimills" that recycle steel help the environment - and make money.
Junkyard Rancher: Automotive wrangler scraps for a living
At his Carbondale, Colo., "Cadillac ranch," Alan Morris recycles automotive junk.
Droughts come, droughts go
Rancher Quentin Hulse, in his own words, remembers previous Southwestern droughts.
The art of control
Rancher Jim Winder, in his own words, about the art of ranching during severe drought.
Drought cuts to the bone on Southwest range
The Southwest's severe drought takes a toll on the ranchers of New Mexico's Gila National Forest.
Pact promises cleaner canyon air
The Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission issues an ambitious proposed air-quality cleanup blueprint for the Colorado Plateau.
Clean air victory in Colorado
The polluting, coal-fired Hayden Power Plant in northeastern Colorado agrees to reform, to activists' delight.
A wet winter misses the Southwest
Although much of the West had an unusually wet winter, fires are already starting to rage across the dry Southwestern states.
Farmers feel burned by clean air regs
Eastern Washington grass farms are upset by an announced phaseout of the practice of late-summer field burning, after clean air activists complain.
Here's a chance to speak up for clean air
The Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission gives people a chance to comment on the need to clean up the air in Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau.