EarthFix Northwest Environmental News

There’s a new plan for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government is looking for ways to process certain types of radioactive waste more quickly, while managers there figure out how to solve major technical challenges at its massive Waste Treatment Plant.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released the new “framework” Tuesday after a year of study.

A river basin cleanup in north Idaho is showing just how difficult it is to remove long-term pollution from Northwest waterways.

This month, the EPA is running tests on layers of muck from the bottom of the Coeur d'Alene River. It’s downstream from a federal superfund site.

As part of the test, a technician lowers a seven-foot tube into the riverbed, like a straw into a piece of bread.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Hearing the term “green jobs” brings to mind images of people installing solar panels or constructing wind turbines.

Not maintaining laundry machinery, which is what Mike Mitzel does for a living.

Mitzel is an alum of the green jobs training initiative. He now works as a maintenance mechanic for the University of Washington’s Consolidated Laundry Facility.

New advisories from health officials in Washington and Oregon warn that some fish in the Columbia River aren’t safe to eat.

The warnings do not apply to ocean-going fish like salmon and steelhead.

Oregon State Police have removed a huge banner from the Oregon State Capitol Building and detained five environmental protesters.

The activists created a spectacle Thursday when two of them rappelled down the outside of the dome. The banner they unfurled protested logging policies on state forest land.

The display attracted a crowd of onlookers. Dane Rowinski said he doesn't know much about the issue, but he admired the protesters' technique.

U.S. House Debate Forest Bill

Sep 19, 2013

The U.S. House of Representatives debated a bill Thursday that would dramatically increase logging on federal forestlands in the Northwest.

The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act affects national forests across the country. But it also includes provisions specific to the former railroad lands in Western Oregon known as the O&C lands.

Oregon representatives Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader spoke on behalf of the bill.

Seattle Garden Project Sheds Light On The Decline of Bumblebees

Sep 13, 2013

SEATTLE -- You’ve probably heard about colony collapse disorder, the mystery of honeybees dying in large numbers. And if you've been paying attention to our earlier reports, you may also realize that bumblebees, too, have been hit hard.