Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times

Hal Bernton

The Seattle Times

Richland, WA, United States

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Recent articles by Hal:

Developer of next-generation nuclear power plants pulls plans for project in WA

X-energy had planned to build its first nuclear reactor in Washington. It now is looking at the Gulf Coast. → Read More

Did you upgrade to a heat pump at your home? We want to hear from you

Heat pumps are emerging as a key technology in the efforts to move away from natural gas and oil furnaces to heat homes. New federal tax credits for heat pumps are drawing interest to this evolving technology. Are you a... → Read More

Puget Sound Energy agrees to move more customers from gas to electric heat

In a new rate agreement, the state's largest utility is taking steps toward moving away from natural gas. → Read More

What motivated the Pacific Northwest substation attacks?

As authorities investigate the Christmas vandalism and other Northwest attacks, concerns grow about the motivations behind them and the security of the power grid. → Read More

Disaster declaration unlocks potential federal aid for Alaska crabbers

The Commerce Department declared several fisheries, including for snow and king crab, a disaster. → Read More

PSE substations among five attacked in Pacific Northwest in November

At least five attacks at electricity substations in Washington and Oregon, including two at Puget Sound Energy substations, have been reported to the FBI in recent weeks. → Read More

Will Blue Angels perform ‘sneak pass’ in new, bigger jets at this year’s Seafair? The stunt caused problems in California

Seafair is back. And so are the Blue Angels, this time in 'Bigger. Louder. Faster' Super Hornet jets. → Read More

Navy SEAL use of state parks appears over as state declines to appeal judge’s decision

The state will not appeal a judge's ruling that banned Navy SEAL training at Washington state parks. → Read More

Conflicts escalate amid surge in WA solar farm proposals

New proposals for solar farms are causing conflicts around the state as the push for more clean energy continues. → Read More

‘Deadliest Catch,’ a reality show with drama — and room for make-believe

Nearly a quarter of Alaska's snow crab fleet could appear on this season's "Deadliest Catch," a show that captures dramatic moments but leaves room for make believe. → Read More

Into the ice: A crab boat’s quest for snow crab in a Bering Sea upended by climate change

The Bering Sea's winter ice is treacherous, but it's also a key ally to the snow crab fishery. When it's not there, the crab population suffers. → Read More

A road trip to Nevada on the rapidly evolving electric car charging network

A drive in an electric car from Portland to Nevada revealed what it's like to take a road trip on America's emerging recharging network. Reporter Hal Bernton traveled with his... → Read More

This next-generation nuclear power plant is pitched for Washington state. Can it ‘change the world’?

The newest generation of nuclear power plants is taking shape in Washington state. These smaller reactors could provide flexible power free of direct carbon emissions. But a perilous nuclear history and big questions over safety remain. → Read More

As sockeye runs struggle elsewhere in North America, a record run in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Amid a fierce June storm that whipped up 8-foot waves, Robin Samuelsen told his four young crew members to let out the gillnets behind his 32-foot boat in the... → Read More

Coast Guard could triple base size on Seattle waterfront as U.S. ramps up Arctic presence

The U.S. Coast Guard could triple its footprint on the Seattle waterfront under a new proposal. The base could expand to help accommodate bigger vessels, including three new heavy icebreakers. → Read More

Washington Bills Put Crosshairs Squarely on Gas-Powered Cars

The state would vault to the forefront of the movement to purge fossil fuels from automotive fleets under bills introduced in the Legislature to ban registration of new gas- and diesel-powered vehicles in 2030. → Read More

Did Pebble Mine execs lie to Congress about their plans for Alaska project? Cantwell calls for Justice Department investigation

Cantwell for years has been a critic of the mine and the risks that its development would pose to the salmon resource. → Read More

A brief encounter, then gunshots. Now narratives fly after fatal Portland shooting.

Though the Saturday shooting was captured on video, some details remain unclear, and there also is plenty of disagreement when assigning blame. → Read More

Federal officers to withdraw from downtown Portland, governor says

PORTLAND — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday said that the federal government has agreed to a “phased withdrawal of federal officers” that have been deployed at the federal Mark... → Read More

Seattle Times, other media fight Seattle Police Department subpoena for raw footage, photos of protest

The department is demanding the production of unedited photos and video taken over a 90-minute afternoon period by The Seattle Times, KIRO TV, KING TV, KOMO TV and KCPQ. → Read More