A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the port of Seattle Wednesday, challenging the commission’s move to enter an agreement with contractors for Shell Oil.
KBOO’s Robin Ryan spoke with a member of the Puget Sound-Keepers Alliance, one of the suit’s petitioners, about what prompted legal action and what concerns they have about the proposed lease. 5:13 minutes (2.39 MB)
In Salem today, Oregon legislators considered a bill that will regulate the use of aerial herbicides which are sprayed from planes and helicopters in the state.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke to Steve Peddery of Oregon Wild for more. 6:26 minutes (5.89 MB)
The Board of Commissioners for Multnomah County has voted to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in business places where traditional smoking is already banned.
The ordinance will not exempt vape shops from the smoking ban, a stipulation that several people testifying at City Hall claimed to be unfair due to the need for consumers to try out products within vape shops.
The ordinance will go into effect in thirty days, on April 5th.
KBOO’s Ethan Martin spoke earlier today with Gregory Conley from the American Vaping Association.
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Workers at the Portland airport held a ‘teach-in’ at the airport today to demonstrate the hazardous conditions they encounter at work.
The workers have recently filed complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration against Prospect Airport Services – a contractor at PDX Airport responsible for providing cabin cleaning and other services.
At the teach-in, workers showed what it’s like to clean airplane toilets with substandard equipment.
They also provided visual examples of the makeshift solutions they are forced to implement in lieu of adequate supplies. 4:01 minutes (3.68 MB)
Activists in Washington County have filed an initiative to limit elected officials to two terms, in an effort to shake up the composition of the board.
Board Chairman Andy Duyck has been on the board for twenty-one years, and his fellow commissioner Roy Rogers has been on the board for thirty years and is one of the longest serving public officials in the state.
KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke with initiative sponsor Tom Black for more.
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On Tuesday, February 24, the Washington County Board of Commissioners votes unanimously to proceed with a plan to close the last two public health clinics in the county and move those services to non-governmental providers. Health and Human Services director Marni Kuyl says the goal of the plan is to expand primary care to uninsured, low-income patients. The plan has proven controversial however, both in content and process, with many members of the medical community as well as advocates for farm laborers and immigrants fighting against the closures. KBOO reported on the opposition to the plan back in September.
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A ruling this morning by the Federal Communication Commission to protect net neutrality has been praised as a victory by internet activists.
But although the debate about how best to protect net neutrality may have concluded this morning with the FCC’s new rules to govern the internet, some activists say that the battle may have only just begun.
The House Subcommittee on Commerce and Technology, which is chaired by Oregon Republican Greg Walden, met Wednesday.
At the meeting, Walden conveyed his fears that the designation of the internet as a utility will inspire a wave of litigation challenging that classification . 4:10 minutes (1.9 MB)