Earthfix Northwest Environmental News http://ijpr.org en Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform http://ijpr.org/post/northwest-wildfires-boost-call-funding-reform-0 Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry wildlands in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 200 homes.<p>With the nation’s eyes turned toward the Northwest, Oregon Sen. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:57:00 +0000 editor 16504 at http://ijpr.org Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform Washington Vied For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Worth Thousands Of Jobs http://ijpr.org/post/washington-vied-tesla-gigafactory-worth-thousands-jobs Washington Governor Jay Inslee tried to woo electric carmaker Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory in the Evergreen state. But according to at least one report, the company may have already broken ground near Reno, Nevada.<p>This isn’t just a factory. It’s a "gigafactory."<p>What is a gigafactory? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16503 at http://ijpr.org Washington Vied For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Worth Thousands Of Jobs Oregon Oil Train Safety Report Calls For More Rail Inspectors, Fees http://ijpr.org/post/oregon-oil-train-safety-report-calls-more-rail-inspectors-fees A <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/235108487/Train-Safety-Report-7-25-14-Final" title="">statewide rail safety report</a> released today identifies gaps in the resources Oregon needs to prevent and respond to an oil train derailment.<p>The report, ordered by Gov. John Kitzhaber in February, calls for more rail safety personnel and more funds to pay training emergency responders for an oil train derailment. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 Cassandra Profita 16535 at http://ijpr.org Oregon Oil Train Safety Report Calls For More Rail Inspectors, Fees Study: Coal Project Would Help One Puget Sound County But Others Would Pay http://ijpr.org/post/study-coal-terminal-could-help-one-puget-sound-county-others-would-pay If it’s built, the coal-exporting Gateway Pacific Terminal will create more than two thousand jobs in Whatcom County during construction and several hundred permanent jobs once it’s operational.<p>The outlook for the the central Puget Sound region isn’t as optimistic, according to a <a href="http://www.psrc.org/assets/11745/EconomicStudy.pdf" title="">new economic study from the Puget Sound Regional Council</a> issued Thursday.<p>“It’s an economic model that creates very few jobs, certainly very, very few in the region ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:45:00 +0000 editor 16478 at http://ijpr.org Study: Coal Project Would Help One Puget Sound County But Others Would Pay Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failing To Compost http://ijpr.org/post/seattle-considers-fining-residents-failing-compost The city of Seattle might start fining residents who put food waste in the garbage instead of the compost bin -- the latest idea to push for better recycling rates.<p>Dozens of cities nationwide now give residents the option of putting their household food scraps in a curbside compost bin. Seattle is looking at making it a requirement.<p>The city is <a href="http://clerk.seattle.gov/~public/meetingrecords/2014/spunc20140708_3a.pdf" title="">nearly 4 percent away from its goal of recycling 60 percent of its garbage by 2015</a> and the clock is ticking. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:15:00 +0000 Cassandra Profita 16477 at http://ijpr.org Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failing To Compost Oil Train Tanker Cars Derail In Seattle http://ijpr.org/post/oil-train-tanker-cars-derail-seattle SEATTLE -- Three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard in Seattle early Thursday, but BNSF Railway says none of the oil spilled.<p>BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said a locomotive and buffer car loaded with sand also left the rails about 2 a.m. at the Interbay yard as the train with 102 cars of Bakken oil was pulling out, headed for a refinery at Anacortes.<p>From Seattle's Magnolia Bridge, workers could be seen operating a tractor to try and get a derailed oil train back on track. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:56:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn, AP 16439 at http://ijpr.org Oil Train Tanker Cars Derail In Seattle A State Forest In Oregon Could Be Sold To Timber Companies http://ijpr.org/post/state-forest-oregon-could-be-sold-timber-companies The Elliott State Forest has been a losing proposition for the state of Oregon. Annual management costs are about $3 million dollars more than what it brings in by selling timber for logging companies to cut.<p>One option being considered to make money off the Elliott is to sell all 93,000 acres of the forest -- including old-growth tracts -- on the south Oregon coast to private timber companies. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:16:00 +0000 Devan Schwartz 16406 at http://ijpr.org A State Forest In Oregon Could Be Sold To Timber Companies New Safety Rules Proposed To Curb Oil Train Fires http://ijpr.org/post/new-safety-rules-proposed-curb-oil-train-fires The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed the most comprehensive rules to date aimed at improving the safety of trains carrying large shipments of crude oil and ethanol.<p>Thousands of older tank cars with a puncture-prone design flaw would be phased out within two years under the regulations, which apply to trains of 20 or more cars carrying flammable materials like crude oil. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Tony Schick 16396 at http://ijpr.org New Safety Rules Proposed To Curb Oil Train Fires Columbia Sportswear Fined For Failing To Label Clothes Treated With Pesticide http://ijpr.org/post/columbia-sportswear-fined-failing-label-clothes-treated-pesticide The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Portland-based Columbia Sportswear $100,800 for failing to label clothes treated with pesticides.<p>Between 2010 and 2013, the company sold socks and hats that were treated with a product called Insect Blocker but didn't have the label notifying consumers as required by federal pesticide labeling laws.<p>According to the EPA, while the products were mislabeled, they should not pose a risk to consumers. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:37:00 +0000 Cassandra Profita 16340 at http://ijpr.org Columbia Sportswear Fined For Failing To Label Clothes Treated With Pesticide New Report: Oso Landslide Rooted In Long History Of Slides http://ijpr.org/post/new-report-oso-landslide-rooted-long-history-slides SEATTLE -- Scientists have concluded that rain, groundwater seepage and a long history of big landslides likely contributed to the massive landslide of March 22 that killed 43 people and destroyed dozens of homes near Oso, Washington.<p>Those findings came out Tuesday, the result of a scientific team's rapid-fire assessment of geology and localized factors.<p>Joe Wartman, a University of Washington associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a co-lead author of the study, said rainfall very likely played a key role in the slide.<p>“It mobilized as the water entered the lands Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 16331 at http://ijpr.org New Report: Oso Landslide Rooted In Long History Of Slides