Environment

Activists call for nuclear plant in Washington to remain offline indefinitely

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Fri, 05/08/2015
The only nuclear plant in the pacific northwest, the Columbia Generating Station, is going offline tomorrow for the first time in two years for a routine re-fueling.
But a number of citizen and environmental groups are hoping that the plant will stay offline for a lot longer than the few days that are scheduled – and possibly forever.
The groups are calling for a public hearing to demand that a crack in the jet pump at the Columbia nuclear generator be fixed.
4:18 minutes (1.97 MB)

Portland neighbors come together to save Overlook Bluff

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Wed, 05/06/2015
A group of neighbors in north Portland are mobilizing a last-ditch effort to save an oak savannah and heritage tree on a spot of land they call ‘Overlook Bluff’.
The savannah is located in the neighborhood north of Overlook Park, west of Interstate Avenue, overlooking the Willamette River.
 Friends of Overlook Bluff was organized about 3 years ago to work to save the meadow and tree. 
The group has raised over four hundred thousand dollars to try to buy the property to protect it from development, but they need twice that amount to purchase the land.
And now, the owner has announced that he’s ready to sell the land to the highest bidder. 3:58 minutes (3.63 MB)

Flashpoints on 05/08/15

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Flashpoints
Air date: 
Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
INVESTIGATIVE News Radio with host Dennis Bernstein

Flashpoints on 05/07/15

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Flashpoints
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Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
INVESTIGATIVE News Radio with host Dennis Bernstein

Flashpoints on 05/06/15

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Flashpoints
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Wed, 05/06/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
INVESTIGATIVE News Radio with host Dennis Bernstein

The Ecology of a Police State: 2015 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference panel

program date: 
Wed, 04/29/2015
Panagioti Tsolkas moderates this panel, which explores the intersections between the epidemic of mass incarceration and the environmental degradation which occurs, directly and indirectly, as a result of it, including: the immediate impacts of pollution from these often-overpopulated human warehouses; the environmental racism of where prisons are built and how they operate; the re-branding of prisons as part of a “green” economy; and the use of prison as a tool for repressing ecological movements aimed at changing the current political/economic system.
56:12 minutes (77.18 MB)

Resistance grows to controversial telescope project as Office of Hawaiian Affairs withdraws support

program: 
News In Depth
program date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015
Report from KBOO reporter Paul Roland:

VOICES FROM THE MOVEMENT
 
As reported on Friday’s newscast, last Thursday the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees voted to rescind its previous support for a hotly contested new telescope project on Mauna Kea, which is of central and sacred importance to the Hawaiian people.
The Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, would be by far the largest of an already crowded 13-telescope complex near the summit of the mountain.
Native Hawaiians and environmentalists had opposed the other telescopes, but only the TMT has aroused a mobilization powerful enough to prevent construction from going forward. 13:20 minutes (12.2 MB)

Flashpoints on 05/01/15

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Flashpoints
Air date: 
Fri, 05/01/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
INVESTIGATIVE News Radio with host Dennis Bernstein

Officials and Activists Weigh Options for O & C Lands

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 04/30/2015
The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released five options for updating the Northwest Forest Plan, which determines, among other things, the number of board feet allowed to be harvested from the O & C lands. These lands are a patchwork of square-mile plots surrounding the coprridor of the failed Oregon & California railroad extending the full length of the Oregon coast. In the 1930s, a deal was set up where the land once owned by the O & C would become public land for the benefit of local counties, and the result was decades of wholesale logging, only ending in the early 1990s due to environmental regulations. 5:45 minutes (5.26 MB)

Flashpoints on 04/30/15

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Flashpoints
Air date: 
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
INVESTIGATIVE News Radio with host Dennis Bernstein
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