Pollution

Utilities should dump coal to lower power bills
Utilities should dump coal to lower power bills
Coal-fired plants are more expensive than renewable alternatives like wind power.
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
After coal waned, a community redefined itself. Will new leases turn back the clock?
Politics are behind a plan to prop up coal and nuclear
Politics are behind a plan to prop up coal and nuclear
Discussion of a ‘grid emergency’ ignores cheaper alternatives like solar and wind.
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.
Something is polluting the water
The Washington state health department bans shellfish harvesting in Dungeness Bay, where the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe has fished for years, because the water is polluted with fecal coliform bacteria from an unknown source.
Who'll clean up a mining mess?
Recent studies show that contamination from Idaho's Bunker Hill Superfund Site has spread throughout the entire Coeur d'Alene River Basin, and some say the Superfund cleanup effort now winding down has not helped at all.
A leaky mine must get in line
Idaho's Grouse Creek Mine was once hailed as environmentally friendly, but now the mine is closed, and environmentalists fear the company's plans for draining a leaking tailings pond may harm fish in the Salmon River.
A barbed tragedy is lodged in Libby
The writer describes her thoughts as she witnessed the closing arguments of an asbestosis case in Libby, Montana.
'Grace is going to have to own up'
Don Judge of the Montana State AFL-CIO says W.R. Grace is culpable in the tragedy of asbestos poisoning.
'It's like sacking feather'
Former mine worker Lester Skramstad, who is dying of asbestos-caused disease, recalls how he and co-workers worked casually with asbestos, unaware of the danger.
Who knew what, and when?
Mine owner W.R. Grace says it's always been frank about the dangers of asbestos, but former workers and union leaders disagree, pointing to damning company memos.
Libby's dark secret
Asbestos-laced dust from a vermiculite mine near Libby, Mont., has caused illness and death among locals for decades, but it is only recently that the media - and victims - have called W.R. Grace & Co. to account.
Floyd brings on a hurricane of hog waste
Hurricane Floyd showed the downside of factory farming when flooding in North Carolina created a nasty soup of agricultural waste and hog and chicken carcasses.
An ancient ditch hits a glitch
Farmers in San Luis, Colo., are upset that pollution from a defunct gold mine owned by Battle Mountain Gold is leaking into Rito Seco Creek, which feeds their irrigation ditches.
Life in the dead zone
Scientists are studying the microbes found in the Berkeley Pit at Butte, Mont., to see if their survival in water that is like battery acid can lead to a way to clean up the pit.
Beware of orange clouds
Explosions set off in the course of coal mining in Wyoming's Powder River Basin create poisonous clouds of nitrogen oxide gases, which sometimes linger over the homes and schools of area residents.
Mining: There's a reform-blocking rider
A rule buried in the BLM's mining regulations directs the secretary of the Interior to avoid "undue degradation" of public lands by mining, and the Mineral Policy Center wants to see it revised and made tougher.
Mined-over region resents EPA scrutiny
Some locals are upset over the EPA's desire to expand its mining cleanup in Idaho's Coeur d'Alene Basin.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters plans to survey the public about their knowledge of the causes of water pollution.
Heavy metals move
One hundred years of heavy metals left from mining in Idaho's Silver Valley are migrating through Lake Coeur d'Alene and entering Washington via the Spokane River.
Judge tells EPA to hurry up in Idaho
Judge William Dwyer orders Idaho and the EPA to develop clean-up plans for 962 polluted rivers, streams and lakes.
Logging, floods push metals downstream
Heavy-metal mining pollution in Idaho worries people downstream in Spokane, Wash.
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