Climate Change and the West

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.
Superfund strives for accountability
The Superfund Law was created to make sure companies clean up the messes they make, but the system has glitches.
Idaho chokes Spokane
Activists try to end crop burning by farmers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho, saying the resulting air pollution is harming the health of area residents.
Park may get trashy neighbor
Park officials and environmentalists protest a proposed landfill at Eagle Mountain, Calif., right next to Joshua Tree National Park.
Floods hammer Southwest
Severe thunderstorms have caused flash floods in Arizona, killing people near Douglas and in Antelope Canyon, derailing a train and leading to the evacuation of residents and tourists from a Havasupai Indian village just outside Grand Canyon.
The West weathers unusually wet times
Although the Southwest remains too dry, most of the West rejoices in an unusually wet year - and is grateful to have avoided much flooding.
Uh, oh - the glaciers are growing
The unusually high snowpack in Montana this winter may actually be a sign of global warming.
Mount Zirkel's acid trip
Air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Craig and Hayden, Colo., is harming wildlife in the Mount Zirkel wilderness.
The West braces for the big melt
The West has had one of its wettest winters ever, and as the snow keeps falling in the high country, fear of flooding arises.
Montana train accident derailed a small town
One year after a train derailment spewed chlorine gas and other dangerous chemicals, residents of Alberton, Mont., say their town is unsafe and their health still impaired.
Burning for a buck
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.
Cars kill trees
California scientists say air pollution from the San Joaquin Valley is killing thousands of trees in the Sierra Nevadas.
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