Pollution

The impermanence of wonder and whales
The impermanence of wonder and whales
A writer comes to grips with the plight of the Puget Sound orca.
Interior Department issues order to avoid settlements
Interior Department issues order to avoid settlements
Critics say the decree will slow down the implementation of enacted laws.
Latest: Wildfire smoke deaths could double by century’s end
Latest: Wildfire smoke deaths could double by century’s end
New research shows fire-polluted air could kill up to 44,000 people per year by 2100.
Toxic chemical creeping toward Colorado River
Chromium 6 is moving from the California desert toward the Colorado River, and officials fear it might contaminate the drinking water supply of 20 million people
Report unearths the high cost of mining
A new report from Earthworks and Oxfam America, Dirty Metals: Mining, Communities and the Environment, details the waste and pollution produced by modern mining
Asbestos beyond Libby city limits
In their new book, An Air That Kills, reporters Andrew Schneider and David McCumber tell the shocking story of how asbestos poisoned Libby, Mont., and continues to harm the nation
California scores a goal for perchlorate cleanup
California decides to set its own new "public health goal" for perchlorate contamination, but critics point out that it is both legally unenforceable and lower than the previous goal
Defense company turns from rockets to real estate
Aerospace and defense company GenCorp wants to build a new development on its former rocket-testing site near Sacramento, Calif., but critics are worried about old pollutants in the groundwater
Clean water changes could sully Western streambeds
If the Bush administration pushes through a rule change to the Clean Water Act, three-fourths of the West’s rivers would be unprotected from pollution
State picks up federal slack on perchlorate
Outgoing California Gov. Gray Davis signs two bills into law to protect drinking water from perchlorate contamination
Snowmaking and drought: a bad combination
Artificial snowmaking at Colorado ski resorts can lead to pollution problems when water is taken from rivers contaminated by heavy metals from mining
Mining companies slapped with half the bill for Superfund mess
In Idaho, a judge rules that Hecla and Asarco are responsible for pollution in the Silver Valley, but that the two companies created only half the mine tailings and therefore need pay for only half the estimated damage costs
Clearing the air
California farmers have long been exempt from the Clean Air Act, but that may change, as legislators and activists tackle the health and environmental problems linked to agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley
Reweaving the river
Local ranchers and farmers in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley are working to restore the Alamosa River, site of the infamous Summitville mine cyanide spill
Toxic waste looms over village
A pile of toxic waste rock is moving dangerously close to Questa, N.M., while the mining company, Molycorp, and the state slowly work out a reclamation plan
Cold War toxin seeps into Western water
Ammonium perchlorate, a toxic ingredient in rocket fuel, has appeared in Nevada’s Lake Mead as well as in other Western water sources used for drinking and irrigation
EPA puts cleanup in local hands
The planned Superfund cleanup of Idaho's Lake Coeur d'Alene is taken from the EPA and given to a controversial new local commission, although the Coeur d'Alene Tribe says it will force the EPA to take back the project, if necessary.
Spilling salt into rivers
The Southern Ute Tribe is upset with Colorado state officials for issuing a permit to allow two coalbed-methane wells to spill polluted water into the Florida River, upstream from the tribe.
Lake stops sprawl in its tracks ... for now
Environmentalists and SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson denounce the Legacy Highway, a disputed 14-mile road that would connect Salt Lake City to Farmington, arguing that it would destroy wetlands, encourage sprawl, and degrade the Front's already murky air.
EPA wants to supersize Idaho Superfund site
State and federal officials fight over how to clean up Idaho's Silver Valley, where mining pollution has spread past the Bunker Hill Superfund Site into Lake Coeur d'Alene and a huge swath of northern Idaho.
Missing: One truckload of fuel
More than 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel accidentally dumped in a water-quality monitoring well at Copper Mountain ski resort, Colo., have yet to be found.
High court weeds out pesticides
Under the Clean Water Act, aquatic pesticides can no longer be used in public waterways without a federal permit.
EPA reins in ranchers
In Oregon, the EPA fines 10 ranchers for letting their cows' manure pollute streams and rivers.
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