air quality

EPA Calls Federal Study of Coal-export Project ‘Flawed’
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has criticized as "inadequate" a draft study the Army Corps of Engineers did on a proposed coal-export project in Washington state. The EPA says the corps' draft environmental review is "flawed" because it fails to take a hard look at potential environmental impacts, such as air quality, rail traffic and climate change.
Snowpack Declining; EPA's Air Quality Standards Restrictions
Due to warmer temperatures last month, snowpack in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada have further declined. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Hydrologist Cara McCarthy says nearly one-third of SNOTEL sites in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada are reporting the lowest snowpack ever measured and -- for the first time -- some snow sites were snow-free on March 1...
Air Quality Could Be Problem With Fires
With fires burning across Central Washington, poor air quality because of all that smoke is an issue. Officials at the Department of Ecology said air quality across the region is poor. This is an issue for people with pre-existing respiratory problems.
Gov. Gregoire Extends Eastern Washington Burn Ban
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire tonight extended a burn ban for all counties east of the Cascade crest, prohibiting all outdoor burning through midnight Sunday, Sept. 30. An emergency proclamation declaring a State of Emergency remains in effect, and allows continued air support from Washington’s National Guard to help fight ongoing wildfires...

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