Washington state News

Heat, Winds Fuel Destructive Northwest Wildfires

SALEM, Ore. — Strong winds and high temperatures continued to fuel catastrophic fires in many parts of Oregon on Wednesday, forcing thousands of people to flee from their homes. Huge wildfires also continued to grow in neighboring Washington state. Oregon …

Simulations Depict Tsunami Effects in Washington State

SEATTLE — State authorities have released new simulations that show how a powerful tsunami could overwhelm Washington state’s coastal and shoreline communities. The Department of Natural Resources says there are some locations around the state where residents would have very …

U.S. Pipeline Regulator Strikes Down Washington State’s Crude-by-Rail Safety Limits

WASHINGTON — The U.S. pipeline regulator late on Monday blocked an effort by Washington state to tighten vapor pressure restrictions on the transport of crude oil by rail, saying the measures would not lower the risk of explosions. The decision …

Insurers Oppose Premium Tax to Fund Washington’s Wildfire Prevention

Lobbyists for the property and casualty insurance industry are trying to prevent a $125 million increase in Washington state premium taxes that would fund wildfire prevention and suppression. The tax would affect home, auto and business insurance in an action …

Washington Ends Inmate Asbestos Removal Program

Washington state has ended a program that used prisoners to remove asbestos-containing material. The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday that the state also has paid a fine of more than $70,000 to settle a state investigation into cleanup practices …