Pollution

Effort to lock Hanford’s radioactive waste in glass faces more delays
Effort to lock Hanford’s radioactive waste in glass faces more delays
Feds aim to push back the opening of ‘glassification’ plants, while state officials say the Department of Energy has been underfunding the cleanup of America’s most poisoned site.
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
A growing economy, looser regulations and uptick in fires are all factors.
Can a campaign for nature and community rights stop aerial spraying in Oregon?
Can a campaign for nature and community rights stop aerial spraying in Oregon?
The push for more local control upends the typical pattern of Westerners fighting against regulation.
Fish kill doesn't sway the EPA
Despite the killing of fish by polluted water in Montana's Clark Fork River, the EPA still says the removal of the toxic mining sediments that caused the problem is not worth the money.
Montanans take to the ballot
A coalition of sportsmen, ranchers and environmentalists called Montanans for Clean Water puts an initiative on the fall ballot designed to toughen the state's water laws.
1995: Did toxic stew cook the goose?
The deaths of 342 migrating snow geese in Montana's Berkeley Pit are blamed on the pit's toxicity by environmentalists, although the mine disputes it.
Congress fights to restore a filthy past
Memories of the horrors of corporate water pollution before environmental regulation prompt the author to warn Congress against weakening the law.
Restoring a watershed
The Sierra Club's map of the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene watershed draws attention to the area's pollution and offers advice.
Citizen action gets results
Texaco agrees to clean up North Platte River pollution from a defunct oil refinery after Sierra Club sues.
Horses must back off
Horses are banned from acequia because of pollution problems.
The list no Idaho stream wants to be on
EPA increases official list of Idaho's polluted rivers to 800.
The Great River becomes a great sewer
The bi-national program Project del Rio monitors the increasing pollution of the Rio Grande on the U.S.-Mexico border.
From driveways to watersheds
Effort launched to reduce nonpoint pollution to Truckee River through education and conservation.
Seattle resident turns open sewers back into streams
John Beal crusades to restore northwest streams.
Wet and wild symposium
Water, Wet & Wild: Flowing into the 21st Century symposium planned.
From driveways to watersheds
Booklet Protecting Our Water Resources aims to reduce Truckee River pollution.
Idaho's unsettling sediment
Government study shows Idaho's Lake Coeur d'Alene contaminated by mining sediments.
Defunct refinery fouls Wyoming river
The Sierra Club charges that a Texaco oil refinery is polluting the North Platte River in Wyoming.
Drought costs firms big bucks
Arizona charges two concessionaires $1.3 million for dumping trash in Lake Powell.
Troubled waters
The National Parks and Conservation Association warns that water pollution and depletion plague the country's national parks.
Rio Grande not so
The Rio Grande is labeled the most endangered river by the environmental group American Rivers.
High pressure bust
An oil and gas production firm's wastewater disposal in Montana could contaminate groundwater.
Idaho nixes fish farm
A fish farm plan that would have ruined one of the last clean springs on the Snake River is blocked.
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