People burning old industrial-gauge wire in the Utah desert to get at the raw copper left to sell are breaking the law and creating a serious health hazard, BLM officials warn.
California scientists say air pollution from the San Joaquin Valley is killing thousands of trees in the Sierra Nevadas.
A review of "Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things" by John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning, which traces origins and costs to the environment of things we take for granted.
Life at 25 below in towns like Livingston, Mont., is made bearable by things like poker, polar fleece and Portabello mushrooms.
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.
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.
Residents of Elmore County, Idaho, are upset by plans to put the state's largest landfill in their backyard.
Washington's Centralia Coal Plant want $80 million in tax breaks to stop polluting the air over Mount Rainier.
The Environmental Defense Fund pamphlet, "Anti-Recycling Myths," responds to a New York Times article denouncing recycling.
Charts for each state in the West depict top five chemicals released in air, water and land, and top 10 facilities.
A loophole in the Toxics Release Inventory keeps mining pollution, except for that caused by smelters, off its lists.
Top 20 companies are ranked according to how many pounds of pollution they release into the air, water and land.
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.
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