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Eugene will start a pilot residential food waste collection program this fall. City Counselors will get an update at their work session Monday.

Coburg Road Quarry

A Coburg rock products company faces more than $20,ooo in fines for letting muddy water run into the McKenzie River.

Washington Governor Asks Union Pacific To Halt Oil Trains

Jun 25, 2016
Ted S. Warren/AP

Gov. Jay Inslee asked the Union Pacific Railroad on Friday to halt oil train shipments through Washington until the company does more walking inspections of its railroad track.

Inslee joins Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who has repeatedly called for a moratorium on oil train traffic after a fiery oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, on June 3.

Union Pacific said it will continue operations.

Rachael McDonald

The Willamette River got a B-minus on its first report card. The grade reflects the overall health of the river. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald checked in with Joe Moll with the McKenzie River Trust which works to improve river habitat in the Eugene Springfield area.

Lost Lake is a seasonal alpine lake—just off the Santiam Pass Highway and it’s aptly named. Once a year, it disappears, not by evaporation or seepage. It flows away down a big hole in the lake bed. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert visited the site and talked to a hydrologist about the phenomenon at lost lake.

Darryl Ivy

A citizens group in Lincoln County will gather signatures for a ballot measure to ban aerial spraying of pesticides. If it qualifies, the initiative would be on the May 2017 ballot.

Matt Brown/AP

Washington state officials are holding a public hearing Friday in Vancouver on new rules targeting oil train safety.

One proposed rule would require trains carrying refined or crude oil to submit spill response plans that the state would approve.

Another proposed rule would make oil terminals and refineries alert the state that they plan to receive crude oil. Right now, companies that move oil by rail aren’t required to share that information with state officials.

Cassandra Profita / Earthfix

With the exception of the coast, temperatures in the KLCC listening area are expected to approach 100 degrees this weekend.

Lauralee Svensgaard

After a 5 month closure due to storm damage, the Oregon coast's Amanda trail officially reopens on National Trails Day – this Saturday.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy is going to China. She’s been invited to participate in a climate summit in Beijing.

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