Tag Archives: State of Washington

Federal Lawsuit Aims To Kill Stalled Methanol Refinery Project Along Columbia River

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world’s biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state board required further environmental review. Source: Federal […]
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USDA undercuts Washington hemp testing policy

The USDA’s proposed hemp rules would toss aside a testing policy that advocates hoped would finally make Washington a top hemp-producing state. The USDA says the testing protocol it recently outlined would best measure the level of the intoxicating chemical THC in harvested hemp plants. The procedures, however, differ from ones Washington planned to implement […]
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Cascadia Rail Summit: Case made for bullet train connecting Portland, Seattle

Last week’s vote in Washington state to roll back car registration fees has scrambled transportation budgets. But Pacific Northwest rail advocates are undeterred in pursuing their vision of a bullet train connection between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. Microsoft hosted a high-power meeting of state policymakers, train manufacturers and rail supporters at the software giant’s […]
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KUOW – Bullet train for Cascadia urged on despite electorate’s anti-tax mood

Tuesday’s vote in Washington state to roll back car registration fees has scrambled transportation budgets. But Pacific Northwest rail advocates are undeterred in pursuing their vision of a bullet train connection between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. Microsoft hosted a high-power meeting of state policymakers, train manufacturers and rail supporters at the software giant’s headquarters […]
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Washington asks retailers to stop selling vaping products with Vitamin E acetate

Health officials in Washington state issued a request Friday to cannabis processors to not add Vitamin E acetate to vaping products and to retailers to stop selling the products if they contain the chemical. The request came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the chemical could be what’s causing vaping-related illnesses. Source: […]
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‘OPB Politics Now:’ Rep. Greg Walden Calls It Quits, Washington Affirmative Action Debate

Oregon’s only Republican in Congress announced he’s retiring next year. In this episode of “OPB Politics Now,” OPB political reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart break down Greg Walden’s announcement and they talk to Northwest News Network Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the battle in Washington over affirmative action. Source: ‘OPB Politics Now:’ Rep. Greg […]
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Company seeks to farm steelhead after Atlantic salmon escape

The events recalled the hectic summer of 2017, when hundreds of thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped a similar Cooke Aquaculture Pacific structure in the Salish Sea. Last month, a net pen used for fish farming and operated by Cooke Aquaculture Pacific began to dip below the surface off Bainbridge Island. A hole in a pontoon […]
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Our View: Save oyster growing on Willapa Bay

Nearly 13 years ago, when imidacloprid was first being considered to combat the burrowing shrimp population explosion in Willapa Bay, it appeared possible it might be licensed by 2012. It was by 2012 that Northwest oyster growers had agreed to quit using a much harsher pesticide. Earlier this month, after enormous expenditures of time, money […]
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New Oregon-Washington Committee Restarts Talks Of Replacing Interstate 5 Bridge

A new committee with legislators from Oregon and Washington met for the first time Friday to discuss replacing the Interstate 5 bridge. After a tour of the 100-year-old bridge, all 16 members of the bipartisan group held a public hearing at Vancouver City Hall. On Friday, Oregon lawmakers on the committee spoke of scar tissue remaining from the […]
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‘We can’t spend forever to do it’: New bistate committee meets on Interstate Bridge talks

A bipartisan group of Oregon and Washington lawmakers who comprise a new joint committee tasked with figuring out what to do with the Interstate Bridge met for the first time Friday in Vancouver. For many of the participants, it felt like deja vu all over again. Source: ‘We can’t spend forever to do it’: New […]
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