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February 05, 2016

Large-scale subsidy for solar power advances in Legislature

by Hillary Borrud, Capital Bureau
SALEM — House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle signaled their support this week for a bill that would encourage large solar projects in Oregon. The House Committee On Energy and Environment voted unanimously on Thursday to send the bill to the…
February 05, 2016

Ban on local GMO ordinances challenged in Legislature

by Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Bureau
SALEM — Farmers overwhelmingly testified against a recent proposal before Oregon lawmakers that would reverse the state’s ability to pre-empt local government restrictions on seeds. The Oregon Legislature pre-empted such local regulation of seed at…
February 03, 2016

Airborne heavy metals detected in inner Southeast Portland neighborhood

by Steve Law
Potentially hazardous levels of arsenic and cadmium have been detected in the air in Southeast Portland near Powell Boulevard and Southeast 22nd Avenue. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is teaming with the Oregon Health Authority and…
CAPITAL BUREAU  - The Oregon Department of Energy, under fire for a scandal-plagued energy tax credits program, acknowledged it failed to keep adequate records.
February 03, 2016

State Department of Energy failed to keep records

by Hillary Borrud, Capital Bureau
SALEM — The Oregon Secretary of State’s office plans to investigate whether poor record keeping at the state Department of Energy could have hidden fraud in the controversial business energy tax credit program. Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins said…
February 02, 2016

Wilsonville facility would turn food scraps to energy

by Jake Bartman
The Portland area could get its first “digester,” which would convert banana peels, coffee grounds and other food waste into renewable energy. An anaerobic food digester proposed in Wilsonville would be designed to process 50,000 to 70,000 tons of…
January 19, 2016

Heeding the Pope's call

by Kevin Trevellyan
University of Portland engineering school responds to climate change encyclical Last June, Pope Francis called for a dramatic change in how humans live on Earth, and how those interactions affect its changing climate. The pope’s call to action is…
January 29, 2016

Bring your Styrofoam and other recyclables to church

by Steve Law
Have some old batteries around the house you don’t want to toss in the trash because they’re toxic? Are piles of Styrofoam or burned-out TVs gathering dust around the house because you can’t bear to throw them away? Community Recycling offers a…
TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - More than 20 years after soil contamination was first discovered at the site of this shuttered gas station and auto shop, its last tanks are going to be decommisisoned and testing completed.
January 31, 2016

What lies beneath

by Patrick Malee
Contamination issues at former auto shop site date back to 1993 Margie Watt just wants to be proud of her West Linn neighborhood. The Willamette resident has many ideas for how to improve the area, several of which center on the property that…
January 27, 2016

Pacific Power says coal deal won't hurt its customers

by Steve Law
Pacific Power projected Thursday that a deal negotiated with environmental groups to phase out the use of coal power and mandate more renewables would raise its electric rates by less than 1 percent a year between now and 2030. All those costs are…
January 21, 2016

EPA and others hold public forums in advance of Willamette River Superfund cleanup plan…

by Steve Law
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalizes a critical report on its proposed cleanup plan for the Willamette River Superfund site, the EPA and other parties are hosting a series of public meetings to provide background on the cleanup…
Jan 21, 2016

Multnomah County takes stance against oil by rail

by Steve Law
Following in the footsteps of the Vancouver and Portland city councils, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Jan. 21 to oppose crude oil shipments by rail through its…
Jan 21, 2016

Lawmakers expected to vote on coal phaseout

by Peter Wong
Challenge is 'whether we can get the language right' for 2016 session. House Speaker Tina Kotek says lawmakers are poised to ratify a deal that commits Oregon’s largest utilities to phase out…
COURTESY OF STEVE BERLINER  - Some of the many birds found at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Jan 21, 2016

Local birders concerned about Malheur refuge occupation

by Ellen Spitaleri
While the national media continue to follow around the militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters near Burns, recording their each and every comment and press…
COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - Trees that are structurally pruned when young and regularly cared for are more likely to withstand storms and remain healthy for the life of the tree. Remember, never top a tree.
Jan 20, 2016

Keeping trees healthy after winter storms

by Cynthia Orlando, Oregon Department of Forestry
Trees benefit our lives in so many ways – improving air quality, enhancing architecture, providing habitat for birds and wildlife, cleaning storm water and even reducing energy costs – but often…
Jan 20, 2016

Solar trade group gets new leadership

by Steve Law
Longtime ratepayer advocate Jeff Bissonnette has been named the new executive director of the state’s solar energy trade group, the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association. Bissonnette worked…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Keith Daellenbach has been leading the Madrone Wall Preservation Committee for more than a decade. Clackamas County finally has agreed to turn the rock-climbing area into an official park.
Jan 19, 2016

Clackamas bluffs to be reopened for rock climbers, nature lovers

by Ellen Spitaleri
Keith Daellenbach was smitten after his first time rock climbing at Madrone Wall, a 1,000-foot-long cliff face soaring up to 100 feet high, back in 1997. But soon after that, the Damascus…
PHOTO BY SHANE ANDERSON, COURTESY OF PACIFIC RIVERS  - Jetty Creek, a fish-bearing stream in Rockaway Beach, is a source of drinking water for the city of Rockaway, next to an area that's been clear-cut.
Jan 19, 2016

State forestry agency videos offer timber industry slant

by Paul Koberstein
Oregon Forest Resources Institute is funded by timber taxes, governed by timber interests The Oregon Forest Resources Institute, a state agency created by the Legislature in 1991, lists one of…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Oregon lawmakers could consider two bills this session to remove wolves from the list of endangered species.
Jan 15, 2016

Lawmakers want wolves off endangered species list

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Two Oregon lawmakers plan to introduce bills that would ratify the decision by state wildlife officials to delist wolves as an endangered species. The proposals, which will be considered…
COURTESY COVANTA - Covanta hopes to double the size of its garbage incinerator north of Salem, if Metro agrees to send about one-fifth of the area's trash there to turn into electricity.
Jan 13, 2016

Metro agrees to enter talks with operator of region's garbage…

by Steve Law
After a months-long effort to engage the region in “talking about trash,” Metro is shifting to formally evaluate two ways to reduce garbage sent to the landfill: burning it to produce…
Jan 12, 2016

Bankrupt coal company says its woes won't affect Longview export…

by Cassandra Profita and Ashley Ahearn, EarthFix
Amid a drop in demand for coal, a key investor in a proposed coal export project on the Columbia River filed for bankruptcy Monday. Arch Coal is a 38 percent shareholder in the proposed…