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Sustainable Life Section

February 10, 2016

State sets meetings on N. Portland gypsy moth spraying

by Eric Mortenson/Capital Bureau
Oregon’s Department of Agriculture proposes to spray 8,674 acres in North Portland this spring to head off a potential infestation of destructive gypsy moths. Aerial sprayings tend to cause public scrutiny and worry, however, even when it involves a…
February 09, 2016

Second Portland glass-maker suspends use of cadmium

by Cassandra Profita, Earthfix
A second glass-making company in Portland has voluntarily suspended its use of cadmium in response to tests showing elevated levels of the metal in nearby moss. Uroboros Glass in North Portland announced it would stop making red, yellow and orange…
February 09, 2016

River professor series at the pub

by Steve Law
Science talks at the pub, very popular these days in Portland, are expanding to the suburbs. Tualatin Riverkeepers hosts a talk on pesticides, clean water and healthy habitat at Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub in Tigard, Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6:30 p.m.…
February 09, 2016

House committee, in bipartisan vote, concurs with delisting wolves from state's endangered list

by Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Bureau
SALEM — The removal of wolves from Oregon’s list of endangered species has been approved by a key legislative committee, potentially jeopardizing a lawsuit that challenges the delisting. Last year, Oregon wildlife regulators found that wolves had…
February 09, 2016

Study to see if energy-efficiency measures reduce indoor air hazards

by Steve Law
Wanted: owners of single-family homes in the Portland area and Central Oregon who plan to weatherize their home this year, or have considered doing so in the past several years. Enhabit, formerly known as Clean Energy Works, is recruiting 200…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Proposed legislation could give local governments the authority to regulate bioengineered crops.
February 09, 2016

Bill gives local governments green light to regulate biotech crops

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Local government authority over genetically engineered crops is being reconsidered by Oregon lawmakers roughly three years after they prohibited most city and county seed restrictions. Critics of biotechnology claim that lawmakers haven’t…
February 08, 2016

Global Warming Commission chairman seeks to merge voluntary group with embattled state energy…

by Hillary Borrud, Capital Bureau
With highly publicized problems in its energy tax credit and loan programs, including ongoing state and federal criminal investigations into the tax credits, the Oregon Department of Energy might not seem like the type of entity with which other…
February 07, 2016

Two meetings set on Southeast Portland pollution problem

by Jim Redden
Activists sponsor meeting before official forum Clean air activists have announced a community meeting Monday evening before a Tuesday forum by health officials on reports of dangerous air pollution in Southeast Portland. Both events concern the…
February 05, 2016

Large-scale subsidy for solar power advances in Legislature

by Hillary Borrud, Capital Bureau
SALEM — House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle signaled their support this week for a bill that would encourage large solar projects in Oregon. The House Committee On Energy and Environment voted unanimously on Thursday to send the bill to the…
February 05, 2016

Ban on local GMO ordinances challenged in Legislature

by Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Bureau
SALEM — Farmers overwhelmingly testified against a recent proposal before Oregon lawmakers that would reverse the state’s ability to pre-empt local government restrictions on seeds. The Oregon Legislature pre-empted such local regulation of seed at…
Feb 03, 2016

Airborne heavy metals detected in inner Southeast Portland…

by Steve Law
Potentially hazardous levels of arsenic and cadmium have been detected in the air in Southeast Portland near Powell Boulevard and Southeast 22nd Avenue. The Oregon Department of Environmental…
CAPITAL BUREAU  - The Oregon Department of Energy, under fire for a scandal-plagued energy tax credits program, acknowledged it failed to keep adequate records.
Feb 03, 2016

State Department of Energy failed to keep records

by Hillary Borrud, Capital Bureau
SALEM — The Oregon Secretary of State’s office plans to investigate whether poor record keeping at the state Department of Energy could have hidden fraud in the controversial business energy tax…
Feb 02, 2016

Wilsonville facility would turn food scraps to energy

by Jake Bartman
The Portland area could get its first “digester,” which would convert banana peels, coffee grounds and other food waste into renewable energy. An anaerobic food digester proposed in Wilsonville…
Jan 19, 2016

Heeding the Pope's call

by Kevin Trevellyan
University of Portland engineering school responds to climate change encyclical Last June, Pope Francis called for a dramatic change in how humans live on Earth, and how those interactions…
Jan 29, 2016

Bring your Styrofoam and other recyclables to church

by Steve Law
Have some old batteries around the house you don’t want to toss in the trash because they’re toxic? Are piles of Styrofoam or burned-out TVs gathering dust around the house because you can’t…
TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - More than 20 years after soil contamination was first discovered at the site of this shuttered gas station and auto shop, its last tanks are going to be decommisisoned and testing completed.
Jan 31, 2016

What lies beneath

by Patrick Malee
Contamination issues at former auto shop site date back to 1993 Margie Watt just wants to be proud of her West Linn neighborhood. The Willamette resident has many ideas for how to improve the…
Jan 27, 2016

Pacific Power says coal deal won't hurt its customers

by Steve Law
Pacific Power projected Thursday that a deal negotiated with environmental groups to phase out the use of coal power and mandate more renewables would raise its electric rates by less than 1…
Jan 21, 2016

EPA and others hold public forums in advance of Willamette River…

by Steve Law
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalizes a critical report on its proposed cleanup plan for the Willamette River Superfund site, the EPA and other parties are hosting a series of…
Jan 21, 2016

Multnomah County takes stance against oil by rail

by Steve Law
Following in the footsteps of the Vancouver and Portland city councils, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Jan. 21 to oppose crude oil shipments by rail through its…
Jan 21, 2016

Lawmakers expected to vote on coal phaseout

by Peter Wong
Challenge is 'whether we can get the language right' for 2016 session. House Speaker Tina Kotek says lawmakers are poised to ratify a deal that commits Oregon’s largest utilities to phase out…