"A top federal appeals court has added fuel to a long-running fight over federal protections for the northern spotted owl in California, Oregon and Washington state."
Northwest (OR WA)
"Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into the United States' second-largest estuary since a massive sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully treating Seattle's waste."
"A mighty river of brown, raw sewage and stormwater makes a plume offshore at Discovery Park, plainly seen from the air."
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"U.S. fishing and conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, seeking to protect wild salmon threatened by rising water temperatures attributed in part to climate change in two major rivers of the Pacific Northwest."
"Developers of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point have withdrawn its permit applications, essentially closing the book on the project."
"Washington's outgoing public lands commissioner said Tuesday he is refusing to allow the state's aquatic lands to be used for a major coal-export terminal along the Columbia River. But the company behind the proposal insisted the decision would have no effect on its plans."
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"Federal regulators announced Friday they won't reconsider their decision to deny permission for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay and a feeder pipeline stretching halfway across the state."