Category: Top Stories

Clean up Hanford’s Dangerous Contamination! »

May 12th, 2017: We need bold leadership and government oversight to protect people, salmon, and our river from Hanford’s nuclear pollution. Please sign the petition below, which we will deliver to the leaders responsible for cleaning up Hanford’s dangerous pollution.



One Million Voices: Taking a Stand Against Fossil Fuels »

May 10th, 2017: We hit a milestone today! ONE MILLION messages to protect the Pacific Northwest from oil and coal exports delivered today! The Washington State Government and the Ecology Department of Washington can take action and block fossil fuel exports!



Save the Date: 6/7/17 Stand Up To Oil »

May 5th, 2017: Last chance to weigh-in before EFSEC makes a final recommendation to Governor Inslee: Public Hearing on Air Pollution from Proposed Tesoro Savage Oil Train Terminal on Wednesday, June 7, 2017; Rally at 4:00 pm; Hearing from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.



Proposed Coal Export Terminal in SW Washington Will Cause Significant and Long-Lasting Harm to People, Community, Climate, and Columbia River »

April 28th, 2017: Today, the Washington State Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County released the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, Washington, the last remaining coal export terminal proposed in the Pacific Northwest. State agencies and Cowlitz County will use the FEIS to decide whether to issue or deny permits to Millennium.



Mosier Anniversary: One Year After The Oil Train Fire »

April 19th, 2017: Save the Date: Please join us on June 3, 2017 to mark the one-year anniversary of the frightening, nearly catastrophic oil train derailment, spill, and fire in Mosier, Oregon. We will gather in Mosier to make a statement against additional oil trains coming through the Columbia River Gorge.



Sandvik in Finley agrees to $650,000 payment in Clean Water Act Case »

April 18th, 2017: Today, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Washington entered an agreement settling a Clean Water Act case between Columbia Riverkeeper and Sandvik Special Metals, LLC. In addition to updating the facility’s pollution control technology, Sandvik will pay $650,000 to three non-profit organizations in Washington: Futurewise, Friends of Toppenish Creek, and the Center for Environmental Law and Policy. The groups will use the funds for projects to protect and restore water quality in the Columbia and its tributaries in Eastern Washington.



Court Grants Increased ‘Spill’ to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon »

April 11th, 2017: Federal dam operators on the Columbia and Snake rivers must increase water releases over spillways at eight dams to improve survival rates for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean starting in 2018, a federal court ruled March 28, 2017.



Coalition of State and Regional Groups Oppose Methanol »

April 6th, 2017: Today, April 6, 2017, a coalition of environmental and public health groups called on Democratic leaders in the Washington House of Representatives to ensure that Washington transportation dollars cannot be used to build portions of the world’s largest methanol refinery and export terminal proposed in Kalama, Washington. The methanol facility is proposed by a company called Northwest Innovation Works LLC (NWIW), which is controlled by the Chinese government.



Coalition Opposes State Approval of Mega-Dairy Permit »

March 31st, 2017: Today, March 31, 2017, the State of Oregon issued the Oregon Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Individual National Pollutant Discharge System (NPDES) Permit for Lost Valley Farm. The Oregon Legislature can fix this loophole by passing SB 197, a bill that would end unchecked pollution from mega dairies.



Groups Challenge Water Rights For Proposed Oregon Mega Dairy »

March 30th, 2017: “The scale of this project is stunning. Lost Valley Farm would produce more biological waste than most Oregon cities and consume more water than most factories. Oregonians value clean water and strong salmon runs. Factory farms like Lost Valley fly in the face of those values.” -Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper