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DNR extends burn ban to entire state on state managed lands (Department of Natural Resources)
DNR extends burn ban to entire state on state managed lands (Department of Natural Resources)
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Burn Ban Extended to All of Washington State Due to Fire Danger

The Department of Natural Resources has extended the burn ban in effect on state run lands to cover the entire state, indefinitely.

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Attorney General opposes oil terminal (Getty Images)
Attorney General opposes oil terminal (Getty Images)
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WA Attorney General Opposes Vancouver Oil Train Terminal Project

Hmmm...we didn't know the job description of the Attorney General included environmental projects. We thought he was the state's top attorney.

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Truck crash triggers brush fire near Pasco (KNDU-TV)
Truck crash triggers brush fire near Pasco (KNDU-TV)
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Truck Accident Fire Near Pasco Proves Fire Danger High

Sunday evening, a truck accident triggered a brush fire along I-182 near Pasco, reinforcing the fact that fire danger is still high.

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New amendment cuts off legal fee funding for frivolous environmental suits (Getty Images)
New amendment cuts off legal fee funding for frivolous environmental suits (Getty Images)
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New Law Could Put An End to Most Environmental Lawsuits?

It's actually an amendment to an existing federal law, but it could be a groundbreaking piece of legislation, perhaps one that will stop the never-ending stream of environmental lawsuits we've seen over the years.

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Enviro group sues over trout (Getty Images)
Enviro group sues over trout (Getty Images)
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Another Environmental Suit Threatens 26 Northwest Dams

In the latest in what has seemingly been and endless stream of litigation, yet another environmental group is suing the government over allegations that several dozen Northwest dams threaten bull trout habitats.

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Tacoma latest to ban plastic shopping bags (Getty Images)
Tacoma latest to ban plastic shopping bags (Getty Images)
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Tacoma Votes to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags, Adds Fee on Others

Not only will you have to provide your own shopping bags in Tacoma, but it's going to cost you more now.

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Eco group suing ove lubricants used on Grand Coulee Dam (Getty Images)
Eco group suing ove lubricants used on Grand Coulee Dam (Getty Images)
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Eco Group Sues Feds for Not Properly Lubricating Their Shafts (Dam Turbines)

No, we're not making this up. The latest lawsuit from Columbia Riverkeeper, a controversial environmental group, is going to make them the butt of jokes all over the Pacific Northwest.

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Water levels should be good for irrigation this summer (Getty Images)
Water levels should be good for irrigation this summer (Getty Images)
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It’s Early, But Irrigators Say No Drought Or Restrictions This Summer

Thanks to vastly improved weather conditions, and other factors, the Kennewick Irrigation District issued word Thursday that will have homeowners, and farmers breathing somewhat of a sigh of relief.

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Hanford union says they're being blackballed over safety concerns at Tank Farm (Oregon.gov)
Hanford union says they're being blackballed over safety concerns at Tank Farm (Oregon.gov)
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Is Union Being Blackballed For Insisting on Safety at Hanford Tank Farm?

A Hanford pipefitters union believes they are being blackballed, or passed over when it comes to contracts, because they are insisting their workers wear protective gear at all times when working near the Hanford tank farms. This image shows the double-shell storage tanks under construction at Hanford in the 1960's.

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Fish and Wildlife plan would remove the narrow causeway or path that joins island to shore (KNDU-TV)
Fish and Wildlife plan would remove the narrow causeway or path that joins island to shore (KNDU-TV)
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State Wants to Cut Off Your Access to Bateman Island in Favor of Fish

Technically Bateman Island isn't really a true island, it's joined to the shore of the Columbia River, just south of the merger between the Yakima and Columbia Rivers. There's a narrow causeway, or path, that allows people to access the area. But a plan to breach the causeway to help fish might change that.

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