skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Democracy Trailblazers ignite enthusiasm among teen voters; CA monster blizzard batters Tahoe, Mammoth, Sierra amid avalanche warnings; MN transportation sector could be next in line for carbon-free standard; IN teachers 'stunned' by lawmakers' bid to bypass collective bargaining.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Nikki Haley says she may not endorse the GOP nominee, President Biden says the U-S will continue air-dropping aid into Gaza and more states look at ditching the electoral college for a national popular vote.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.

After Superfund listing, cleanup of Columbia River site progresses slowly

play audio
Play

Wednesday, January 17, 2024   

Advocates are making slow but steady progress to clean up a portion of the Columbia River named a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Toxic pollution dumped by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more than 40 years at Bradford Island contaminated fish in the area, which are used as sustenance by the region's Indigenous people.

Rose Longoria, regional Superfund projects manager for Yakama Nation Fisheries, said the contaminated site has been known for two decades, but only recently got Superfund listing.

"If it wasn't for Yakama Nation, Bradford Island would not be on the National Priorities List," Longoria pointed out. "And even now, I believe that if it wasn't for Yakama, no one else would be pushing as hard to get this site the attention that it needs."

There is a Do Not Eat Advisory for resident fish near Bradford Island. Organizations like Columbia Riverkeeper have created advisories in English and Spanish to let people know which fish are safe to harvest.

Laura Shira, environmental engineer for Yakama Nation Fisheries, said resident fish near Bradford Island have the highest in the nation concentration of a toxic compound known as Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

"There's all these fishing platforms -- on the Washington shoreline, on Goose Island, on the Oregon shoreline -- and those are tribal fishing platforms," Shira explained. "They're within like a quarter to a third of a mile of what we know to be the worst contaminated area on that north shore of Bradford Island."

While it has been listed as a Superfund site, the Yakama Nation and others in the region are still waiting for a concrete cleanup plan. Longoria argued the PCB levels in resident fish make it an emergency and thinks the federal government should act quickly to correct the situation.

"There are significant data gaps that need to be filled," Longoria acknowledge. "But we need to do that as expeditiously as possible and determine the full nature and extent of contamination, and determine the best way of cleaning up the site to protect human health and the environment."


get more stories like this via email

more stories
House Bill passed with an overwhelming vote of 94-6, with three abstentions. Its companion, Senate Bill 159, passed unanimously with a vote of 34-0. (Chad Robertson/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

The Alabama House and Senate both passed bills this week that would help people resume in vitro fertilization and provide legal protections for provid…


Social Issues

play sound

A new report finds some Missouri laws and prospective laws are perceived as discriminatory regardless of their actual intent - and it outlines some bi…

Environment

play sound

By Frank Jossi for Energy News Network.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Minnesota News Connection reporting for the Joyce Foundation-Public News Ser…


Grants Pass, Oregon, is a rural community with a sustainability plan. However, local officials say the lack of dedicated staff to secure federal grants threatens the plan's success. (Claire Carlson/The Daily Yonder)

Environment

play sound

By Claire Carlson, John Upton and Kaitlyn Trudeau for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Mark Richardson for Oregon News Service for the Public …

Social Issues

play sound

A new Network for Public Education report grades Florida an "F" for its public school funding. As Florida lawmakers negotiate the state budget in …

In a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, 57% of Americans, including 84% of Democrats and 55% of independents, think America's openness to people from all over the world is essential to who we are as a nation. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

As members of Congress and presidential candidates battle it out over immigration, a group of Nevada leaders and experts dedicated to advancing …

Social Issues

play sound

A bill in Olympia would open access to unemployment while workers are on strike, but time is running out for lawmakers to pass the legislation…

Social Issues

play sound

With Pennsylvania's primary election less than 60 days away, a nonpartisan group is stepping up the pace to educate people on voting by mail and by …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021