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April 2, 2014

Popular Wristbands Could Record Chemical Exposure

Oregon State University scientists have found that silicone bracelets could be a useful tool for monitoring human exposure to chemicals. An initial study revealed subjects wearing the bracelets for 30 days were exposed to everything from pesticides to fire retardants.

Ag Industry Rallies to Defeat Oregon Anti-GMO Measure

Jackson County voters are headed to the polls in May to vote on the future of GMO crops there. But it's a measure that's attracting national attention — and money.

Washington DNR Investigates Out-Of-Bounds Clear-Cut, Other Possible Factors In Oso Landslide

Rain was a contributing factor to the deadly landslide near Oso, Wash. But geologists are also taking a closer look at nearby clear cutting to determine if it also contributed to the slide.

Proposed Coal Terminal Receives Seventh Permit Extension

Ambre Energy requested another deadline extension — its seventh — from the Oregon Department of State Lands before the agency decides whether to issue a “remove-fill” permit as part of the Morrow Pacific coal export terminal.

Washington State Tells Feds Hanford Cleanup Must Go Faster

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson complained Monday that the federal government will likely miss major deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

April 1, 2014

What Does The Plymouth Explosion Mean For LNG Proposals?

People opposed to exporting liquefied natural gas in Oregon say Monday’s explosion along the Columbia River points out safety problems at these types of facilities. Project supporters say the explosion should not affect future decisions.

Landslide Mapping An Unfinished Task for Geologists

The last time a national map of landslide hazards was produced was 1982. Oregon and Washington are ahead of other states in producing more detailed maps, but theirs are a patchwork of studies done with varied levels of detail.

March 31, 2014

Court Orders Agencies To Consider Fewer Hatchery Fish For The Elwha

As federal agencies work to restore fish runs above the largest dam removal project in history, a judge says they need to consider releasing fewer hatchery salmon and steelhead.

4 Hurt, 400 Evacuated After Explosion At Wash. LNG Plant

Authorities now say one of the four injured in an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing plant along the Washington-Oregon border was sent to a hospital in Portland, Ore., with burns.

Oregon Anti-Pollution Nonprofit’s Journey From Boom To Bust

At the zenith, Cascade Sierra Solution officials were jetting around the globe to show other governments and trucking fleets how to clean up the industry. Years later the company is collapsing amid accounting deficiencies and critical federal audits.