Pollution http://www.kplu.org en Report: More illness, shorter lifespans in Duwamish River valley http://www.kplu.org/post/report-more-illness-shorter-lifespans-duwamish-river-valley <p>A <a href="http://duwamishcleanup.org/programs/duwamish-community-health-initiative/the-duwamish-river-cumulative-health-impacts-analysis/">new report</a> shows residents of Seattle’s Duwamish River valley are exposed to more pollution, have greater vulnerability to pollution-caused illnesses and live shorter lives than residents in other areas of Seattle and King County.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:42:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8183 at http://www.kplu.org Report: More illness, shorter lifespans in Duwamish River valley U.S. judge to rule on Canadian firm's dumping in Columbia River http://www.kplu.org/post/us-judge-rule-canadian-firms-dumping-columbia-river YAKIMA, Wash. – A case involving cross border pollution of the Columbia River rests in the hands of a federal judge today. A Native American tribe and the state of Washington have sued to hold a Canadian mining giant responsible for smelter waste that washed downriver from British Columbia into Washington.<p>This story should really start in the small town of Trail, British Columbia. It's home to a big lead and zinc smelter. The industrial complex spreads across a bluff above the Columbia River less than 10 miles upstream from the U.S. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:42:02 +0000 Tom Banse 6683 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. judge to rule on Canadian firm's dumping in Columbia River Wash. Supreme Court says pollution tax constitutional http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-supreme-court-says-pollution-tax-constitutional <p></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the state's existing hazardous substances tax, which was approved by voters in 1988, is constitutional.</p><p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:37:11 +0000 The Associated Press 6597 at http://www.kplu.org Garbage from massive party closes popular Wash. recreation area http://www.kplu.org/post/garbage-massive-party-closes-popular-wash-recreation-area <p>PULLMAN, Wash. – A popular recreation area along the Snake River near Pullman will not be open for Labor Day because it was trashed last weekend by hard-partying visitors.</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:14:07 +0000 The Associated Press 6113 at http://www.kplu.org Garbage from massive party closes popular Wash. recreation area Asian fires clouding Seattle's sunny skies http://www.kplu.org/post/asian-fires-clouding-seattles-sunny-skies <p>The smoky skies over Seattle are likely from Asia and not Western fires, says Cliff Mass, KPLU weather forecaster and University of Washington professor.</p><p><a href="http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2012/07/asian-smoke-reaches-north-america.html">In his blog post on the smoke,</a> he said the air over us can be traced back to Asia at low levels.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 16:09:02 +0000 KPLU News Staff & Bellamy Pailthorp 5544 at http://www.kplu.org Asian fires clouding Seattle's sunny skies Personal care products, pharmaceutical toxics found in Columbia River http://www.kplu.org/post/personal-care-products-pharmaceutical-toxics-found-columbia-river RICHLAND, Wash. – Giant smoke stacks and industrial dump sites are no longer the only water quality problem on the Columbia River. A recent study has found that our day-to-day life has a major impact as well.<p>U.S. Geological Survey researchers looked at nine cities along the river, from Wenatchee to Longview, Wash. They detected hundreds of contaminants flowing from wastewater treatment plants and stormwater runoff.<p>Hydrologist Jennifer Morace says the toxic contaminants included things like shampoo and pharmaceuticals.<p>“What goes down our drain does eventually get to the river. Tue, 08 May 2012 23:56:26 +0000 4964 at http://www.kplu.org Personal care products, pharmaceutical toxics found in Columbia River Puget Sound 'tub' tainted by industrial residue of toxic dioxin http://www.kplu.org/post/puget-sound-tub-tainted-industrial-residue-toxic-dioxin <p>When you think about Puget Sound, a bathtub might not be the first image to come to mind.</p><p>But that&rsquo;s one way environmentalists and scientists sometimes describe it, because the shape of Puget Sound is an important factor when it comes to keeping it clean.</p><p>A long-awaited report from the Environmental Protection Agency on the health effects of dioxin is confirming what many experts have known for a long time.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:50:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4253 at http://www.kplu.org Puget Sound 'tub' tainted by industrial residue of toxic dioxin UW study finds toxins emanating from dryer vents http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-study-finds-toxins-emanating-dryer-vents <p>The sweet smell from your dryer vent could contain toxic pollution.</p><p><a href="http://www.washington.edu/news/articles/scented-laundry-products-emit-hazardous-chemicals-through-dryer-vents">A new study from the University of Washington</a> found hazardous chemicals in the air after clothes were laundered with scented detergents and dryer sheets. At least two of the chemicals are considered carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency.</p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:16:01 +0000 KPLU News Staff 2429 at http://www.kplu.org UW study finds toxins emanating from dryer vents