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Public News Service - ID: Environment

NuScale is developing a nuclear reactor project at the Idaho National Laboratory. (Idaho National Laboratory/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- A proposal from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission exempting emergency planning for new nuclear plant designs is raising alarms. The NRC proposal would allow facilities to end emergency preparedness zones at their boundaries. That zone is currently set at a 10-mile radius

More aspen in Caribou-Targhee National Forest is expected to improve the habitat for ungulates, like moose. (Cathey Hardin/US Forest Service)

ASHTON, Idaho -- A project is bringing aspen trees back to eastern Idaho, making a forest more attractive to wildlife and potentially more fire resilient. Aspen regeneration will happen on nearly 50,000 acres of the Middle Henry's Fork Watershed in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, which border

The Idaho Panhandle National Forest has a $141 million maintenance backlog. (Greg Tensmeyer/U.S. Forest Service)

BOISE, Idaho -- The Senate has passed a bill to address the deep backlog of maintenance on the country's public lands. Idaho has the third largest maintenance backlog on national forest lands, with more than $500 million in needs. Jonathan Oppenheimer, external relations director for the Idaho C

Only 14 salmon born in central Idaho's Redfish Lake returned from the ocean last year. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

BOISE, Idaho -- Sockeye salmon offspring are making their way from central Idaho to the Pacific Ocean. Many people in the Northwest see the 1,000-mile journey as miraculous. But the tiny smolt face a number of challenges and the species is near extinction. Andy Munter is the owner of Backwoods M

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is being celebrated through online broadcasts over the next three days. (Booker Smith/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Climate activists around the globe are moving their Earth Day plans online, including in Idaho. Earth Day Live Boise is a student-led celebration of the 50th anniversary of the observance. Head organizer Shiva Rajbhandari, a freshman at North Junior High School in Boise, said the st

The South Fork Salmon River in central Idaho is a popular recreation river. (Wendy Jones/American Rivers)

MCCALL, Idaho -- For the third year in a row, the South Fork Salmon River has been named one of the most endangered in the country. That's according the group American Rivers, which has released its list of the country's ten most threatened rivers. For the South Fork Salmon, the threat comes from

Nuclear waste from the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979 made its way to Idaho for storage. (Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - Saturday is the 41st anniversary of the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Experts say there are lessons in the incident, including for Idaho, where waste from the plant eventually ended up. Associate Professor of English and Sustainability at Stony Brook

Removal of energy efficiency standards such as heating insulation could be approved by a state House committee. (Arpad Nagy-Bagoly/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho lawmakers are considering removing energy standards from building codes. But building industry groups say that would be a mistake that could put Idahoans at risk. Provisions such as heat insulation and water sealing to prevent hazards such as black mold are addressed in ene

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