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Riverkeeper and Allies Demand Prompt Action on a Generations-Long Problem »

April 18th, 2014: It's not every day that you see Hanford workers, health professionals, Columbia River advocates, and state agencies calling on the U.S. Department of Energy to redouble its efforts to clean up the Hanford nuclear site. This week, I was inspired by the public testimony offered in Portland and Hood River, where concerned citizens joined together to ask tough questions about how to improve the clean-up at the Hanford site.

Crude Oil Terminal’s Oil Spill Plan Lacks Adequate Protection and Response »

April 14th, 2014: Oregon’s only crude oil terminal is taking more heat for their dangerous crude oil terminal on the Columbia River. Riverkeeper and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC), as well as farmers who make a living near the oil terminal, agree that the oil company’s plan, currently under review by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), doesn’t go far enough to protect the Columbia River or local water supplies from an oil spill. Both Riverkeeper and NEDC submitted comments to DEQ about the oil spill plan and criticized its lack of financial assurances for spill response, and the lack of funding for local emergency responders who are underequipped to deal with a crude oil fire, explosion or spill.

Washington Council Agrees to Take a Broad Look at Tesoro’s Proposed Oil Terminal in Vancouver »

April 2nd, 2014: Over 50 activists joined together to send a clear statement of opposition to the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver before the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council met to consider the range of issues to be included in the project's review.

Ambre Energy Asks State of Oregon for Seventh Permit Delay for Fledgling Coal Export Proposal »

April 2nd, 2014: Ambre Energy requested its seventh permit delay for its struggling Morrow Pacific coal export proposal along the Columbia River.

Hanford Workers Sick After Exposure to Unknown Toxic Fumes »

March 26th, 2014: At least 11 Hanford workers are sick after recently being exposed to toxic fumes.

State Orders Action from Energy on Leaking Double-Shell Tank at Hanford »

March 25th, 2014: The Washington State Department of Ecology stood up to the US Department of Energy and issued an administrative order that requires Energy to begin pumping nuclear waste from a leaking double-shell tank by September 2014.

Unpermitted Oil Terminal Seeks DEQ Approval »

March 21st, 2014: The oil terminal at Port Westward has been operating outside the law by moving more explosive Bakken crude oil than their current air pollution permit allows. According to the Oregon DEQ, the crude oil company severely violated its air emissions permit by bringing nearly four times as much crude oil than their permit allows through Columbia County.

2014 State of the Hanford Site Meetings »

March 20th, 2014: The State of the Hanford Site meetings have been rescheduled for April 16 in Portland and April 17 in Hood River. Please join us beforehand as we lead a State of the Community meeting—bring an item that represents something important to you that is threatened by Hanford.

New State Land Lease Requirement Deals Additional Blow to Fledgling Coal Export Proposal »

March 17th, 2014: The State of Oregon notified Ambre Energy that its controversial proposed coal export terminal is located on state-owned land in the Columbia River and now requires a state land lease.

Major Win in Coal Dust Case Against BNSF Railroad »

March 12th, 2014: On March 12, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington rejected BNSF Railway Company’s motion to dismiss, allowing our Clean Water Act lawsuit against BNSF Railway to proceed.