Monica Samayoa, OPB

Monica Samayoa

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Portland, OR, United States

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Heat wave puts Oregon workplace safety rules to the test

New state rules require access to water, shade and breaks on hot days, but some workers say they’re still laboring in unsafe conditions as temperatures hit triple digits this week. → Read More

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Multnomah County mosquitoes take a near record-setting bite out of summer

Multnomah County is seeing tens of thousands more mosquitoes – the most since its last major outbreak in 2010. → Read More

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Plan for logging Oregon’s state forests while protecting imperiled wildlife moves forward

The proposed Western Oregon Habitat Conservation plan would protect endangered species in 640,000 acres of states forestland while providing more certainty for logging in those areas. → Read More

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Portland Clean Energy Fund faces lawsuit and outcry from businesses

The Portland Clean Energy Fund is sorting through a mountain of problems as it was served a defamation lawsuit the same week the Portland Business Alliance calls on city leaders to halt further spending from the fund. → Read More

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Climate experts predict ‘tough times’ ahead as drought conditions continue

Most of the Pacific Northwest is still experiencing an extensive drought with at least 10 Oregon counties seeing exceptional drought conditions that include dried-up wells and water shortages in reservoirs. → Read More

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Zero emissions trucks could soon be required in Oregon

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission is set to vote Wednesday on a plan to gradually shift from fossil fuels to electric power for medium and heavy duty trucks. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. → Read More

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Upcoming heat wave puts Oregon’s new worker protection rules to the test

This week’s forecasted temperatures would be the first to exceed 100 degrees since the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration adopted rules to protect workers laboring in excessive heat. → Read More

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Hillsboro construction worker latest workplace heat death

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed a second workplace heat-related death that occurred on the hottest day in late June. → Read More

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Laboring through Oregon’s hottest days underscores the push for worker protections

The Pacific Northwest heat wave made worksites unbearable for many and added a sense of urgency to efforts already underway to strengthen worker protections against summers extreme temperatures and smoky air. → Read More

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Oregon OKs new temporary rules for cutting off power during wildfire season

The Oregon Public Utility Commission approves temporary rules for utilities to cut off power for public safety reasons during the 2021 wildfire season. → Read More

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Oregon advisory committee submits plan for next groups to be vaccinated

The Oregon Health Authority’s Vaccine Advisory Committee voted Thursday to move forward four groups, finaling its recommendation to Gov. Kate Brown for the next phase of vaccinations. → Read More

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Portland’s Willamette River almost had a sewage-free year. Almost.

‘Can we take a 2020 moment to celebrate some good news in the making?’ In a word... ‘No.’ → Read More

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Oregon land board moves forward on Elliott State research forest proposal

The Elliott State Forest is a step closer to becoming an 80,000-acre research forest after the State Land Board voted in favor of Oregon State University’s proposal. → Read More

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Invasive insect found in shipment in Corvallis

A Corvallis plant nursery found a dead spotted lanternfly in a shipment of planters and ceramic pots from Pennsylvania, making it the first of its kind to be reported in Oregon. → Read More

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Evacuations still in place for parts of Western Lane County due to wildfires

Evacuations are still in place in parts of western Lane County as firefighters work to contain the Sweet Creek Milepost 2 Fire on Tuesday. → Read More

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Camping Is Back For Oregon State Parks, But Not For Another 2 Weeks

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will begin to accept reservations for limited overnight camping at most state parks starting June 9. → Read More

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Side-Effect Of The Pandemic: Pipes Clogged With Non-Flushable Junk

Oregon’s Washington County is seeing an increase in clogged pipes as more items other than toilet paper are being flushed during the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

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2.5M Pounds Of Radioactive Waste Illegally Dumped In Oregon Landfill

The Oregon Department of Energy has issued a Notice of Violation to Chemical Waste Management Arlington for illegally dumping more than two million pounds of radioactive materials in Oregon. → Read More

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Youth From Across Oregon Declare A Climate Emergency

Rural and urban youth from around the state have declared a climate emergency. They are calling on government leaders to take action with policies that reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions. → Read More

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Oregon DEQ Issues Its Largest Air Quality Fine To Aluminum Recycler

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined Norway-based company Hydro Extrusions a $1.3 million fine for multiple air quality permit violations. It’s the DEQ’s largest air quality penalty ever. → Read More