Toxics

  • 3/27/2014

    Oregon State wants you to wear pollution on your wrist

    Researchers at Oregon State University have unveiled a wearable device to detect environmental pollution in everyday life. Using decidedly low-tech wearable technology, the device looks much like a Livestrong…

  • 7/22/2013

    2013 legislative session wasn’t a total loss for product safety advocates

    The 2013 Oregon Legislature will not be noted in the history books for passing many laws to protect the environment. Media outlets have bemoaned the Legislature’s lackluster performance to improve environment…

  • 7/9/2013

    Green advocates bristle at late-session Oregon legislative losses

    Sustainability advocates are bemoaning Oregon lawmakers' refusal to pass two strongly backed environmental bills before adjourning on Monday. Measures that would have extended Oregon's clean fuels program…

  • 6/12/2013

    Businesses need an easier path to selling toxin-free baby products

    As parents, my wife and I know firsthand how important it is to make sure that the toys, bottles and household items we provide for our kids are safe. That’s why as owners of a baby boutique, we are…

  • 4/4/2013

    Portland oil refinery faces massive fines

    A Portland oil refinery must properly dispose of PCB-contaminated oil or pay a federal penalty. Oil Re-Refining Company, or ORRCO, received the Environmental Protection Agency's order this week. ORRCo…

  • 3/29/2013

    Greener goods help paint happier, healthier picture

    Just 20 years ago, paint manufacturers struggled to fill demands from pro-environment contractors who requested paints with low quantities of volatile organic compounds. Yet when federal legislation finally…

  • 2/15/2013

    Tennessee Valley Authority faces Clean Water Act lawsuit

    The Southern Environmental Law Center has issued a letter announcing a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority over a possible violation of the Clean Water Act due to coal burning at the Colbert…

  • 2/6/2013

    Obama may call for tougher rules on emissions

    President Barack Obama in next week’s State of the Union speech will lay out a renewed effort to combat climate change that is expected to include using his authority to curb emissions from existing…

  • 12/4/2012

    Metro releases second annual sustainability report

    Metro announced Monday that the regional government published its second annual sustainability report, marking progress in key areas at its facilities around the Portland region. Metro officials report…

  • 11/28/2012

    Sustainable products need innovative materials

    Innovating for the athlete is an exhilarating process. As designers, we get to imagine and create products that make athletes better. But we’re not just innovating for the athlete — we’re trying…

  • 11/20/2012

    EPEAT reports 30 percent increase in sales

    EPEAT announced its impacts for 2011, reporting a 30 percent increase in sales of electronics registered by the Portland organization. Last year more than 120 million EPEAT-registered electronics were…

  • 11/8/2012

    OSU: Metals industry can use sugar to reduce toxics

    Oregon State University researchers have found that simple sugar could replace toxic binders in the multi-billion dollar metals foundry industry. Experts in adhesion science at the OSU College of Forestry…

  • 10/3/2012

    Living Future Institute starts label for green building materials

    In response to questions about harmful substances found in building materials, the International Living Future Institute on Wednesday announced the launch of a new nutrition label-like certification for…

  • 10/1/2012

    A new economic model for Oregon

    Last month, I had the pleasure of helping to launch the Oregon BEST Red List Design Challenge, a competition that my organization, the International Living Future Institute, is running in collaboration…

  • 9/19/2012

    Portland and Multnomah County break ground with sustainable purchasing initiative

    Portland City Council unanimously passed an initiative Wednesday that will put a program in place for city officials to require chemical ingredients to be disclosed before goods are purchased. The Healthy…

  • 8/27/2012

    UO study: Cooling coal emissions could lead to cleaner air

    An analysis by a team of University of Oregon physicists found that cooling the emissions from coal-fired power plants could significantly drop the levels of dangerous chemicals dispersed into the air. The…

  • 7/27/2012

    Texas startup eyes greener roads

    A University of Texas-backed startup has developed a more environment-friendly alternative to a common paving material, and it has raised $1.65 million from investors to help it crack the multibillion-dollar…

  • 7/19/2012

    Alima Pure grows in U.S., overseas

    Alima Cosmetics Inc. intends to take the phrase "natural beauty" beyond euphemism and turn it into a growing brand. When Kate O’Brien’s teenaged daughter started getting interested in makeup in 2004,…

  • 6/7/2012

    Report claims Nike, Adidas Euro jerseys contain 'worrying levels' of chemicals

    A European consumer watchdog group this week said several of the jerseys to be worn in the European championships starting Friday contain harmful toxic substances, including a Nike Inc. made shirt it said…

  • 6/4/2012

    Costco fined $3.6M for hazardous waste

    Costco Wholesale Corp. will pay $3.6 million in fines in a settlement that regulators announced Monday over improper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous waste and pharmaceutical waste products…

  • 5/24/2012

    Oregon getting $2.1M for brownfields cleanup

    The state of Oregon and five other local governments will receive $2.1 million to clean up contaminated properties. The Environmental Protection Agency dished out the funds to Oregon, the cities of Eugene,…

  • 5/17/2012

    Intel outlines 2020 sustainability goals

    Intel Corp. on Thursday said it plans to cut greenhouse gases by 10 percent per chip by 2020, while in the same time making notebook computers 25 times more efficient. Those ambitions are among several…

  • 5/7/2012

    Willamette Superfund cleanup could put $2B up for grabs

    When the federal government and Willamette riverfront businesses finally get around to cleaning the Portland Harbor Superfund site, the project will take hundreds of millions, if not close to $2 billion,…

  • 5/3/2012

    EPA finds six Oregon violations in Q1

    The Environmental Protection Agency released a list of 35 enforcement actions taken in the Pacific Northwest region between January 1 and March 31, including six in Oregon. The EPA collected $183,020…

  • 4/27/2012

    Kitzhaber signs order in support of green chemistry

    Gov. John Kitzhaber gathered with Oregon business representatives and members of the environmental community Friday morning to sign an executive order calling on state agencies to support the development…