Category: Top Stories

How Toxic Flame Retardants Pollute our Waterways »

September 17th, 2014: New study by Washington Toxics Coalition tracks how toxic flame retardants make their way from our homes into our waterways.

Corps halted all permitting for Ambre »

September 15th, 2014: Corps has halted all permitting for Ambre. With Oregon rejecting coal export and the feds halting its review, Ambre is sinking fast.

LUBA Rejects Port Westward Industrial Rezone Proposal »

August 27th, 2014: A controversial effort to open up over 800 acres of high quality farmland along the Columbia River for industrial development, including oil-by-rail terminals, hit a major roadblock today. In a unanimous decision, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) rejected the Port of St. Helens’ proposal to rezone 837 acres of farmland for industrial development.

Connect Oregon Denies Coal Dock Work »

August 22nd, 2014: Connect Oregon: Praised For Denying Coal Dock Work But Criticized For Approving More Dangerous Oil Trains The Oregon Transportation Commission today denied funding for a project to expand Port Westward Beaver dock for coal export but approved two projects for expanded oil transport: an upgrade to a different Port Westward berth and rail infrastructure in the [...]

Victory! Coal Export Permit Denied! »

August 18th, 2014: Governor Kitzhaber and Department of State Lands Director Mary Abrams finally said “no” to coal exports. Today’s decision is a win for Northwest communities who are leading the fight against coal exports, and a historic moment for the whole country - we can do better than mega fossil fuel export terminals and transporting dirty coal through our communities.

Morrow Pacific FOIA Court Order »

August 15th, 2014: Judge Orders Agency to Release Documents on Ambre Energy’s Controversial Morrow Pacific Coal Export Project.

Hanford Cleanup Critique »

August 13th, 2014: Groups Urge U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Reject Plan that would Allow Contamination to Remain along the Columbia River at Dangerous Levels for 150 to 264 Years.

Victory! New Era of Accountability for some of Nation’s Largest Dams »

August 4th, 2014: Columbia Riverkeeper and partners celebrate a major victory in a year long effort to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean-up their act on eight major dams in the Pacific Northwest. In a legal settlement with Riverkeeper, the Army Corps agreed to address the oil pollution seeping from dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

APNewsBreak: Army Corps agrees to monitor oil pollution from dams in historic settlement »

August 4th, 2014: AP News. Aug. 4, 2014.

Cleaning up toxic pollution should be the only choice for Longview »

August 1st, 2014: What kind of clean up do polluted sites on the Columbia River deserve? The highest level, of course! The toxic legacy of the Reynolds Aluminum facility needs to change, and Columbia Riverkeeper, the Sierra Club and Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community submitted our public comments to Washington Department of Ecology saying just that.