Going Green

Tesla Motors has eight electric car-charging stations available for customers at the Kennewick Fred Meyer store.

Tri-City alliance forms to explore charging stations for e-vehicles

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to fix Karen Miller’s title. Tri-City interests are looking at the possibility of installing charging stations for electric vehicles in the Mid-Columbia. Right now, that possibility is in the initial brainstorming stage. The Franklin County and Benton County public utility districts, Energy Northwest and other local entities are […]

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Pacific Steel & Recycling warehouse customer service specialist Shawn Jackson sends cans up the conveyor to be weighed. The company accepts an average of 400 to 500 pounds of cans per day.

Metals market sees an upswing as economy improves

Pacific Steel & Recycling customers include food processing, construction, towing companies Long before Jackie Koleber became the manager of Pacific Steel & Recycling’s Kennewick location, she was a customer. “When I was little, I used to collect pop cans. My uncle would take me and my cousins out (to find cans), and we would bring […]

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Biocrude oil, produced from wastewater treatment plant sludge, looks and performs virtually like fossil petroleum.

Fuel from human waste, algae could be lucrative sources for biofuels

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland is looking at a couple of potentially lucrative sources for biofuels. Poop and algae. The poop approach will be tested on a full scale soon in Vancouver, B.C. The algae approach is eventually headed for tests at an Arizona facility. Biofuels refer to a wide range of fuels created by […]

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Tri-City demand for eco-friendly tips, events grows with website

Gail Everett keeps an 18-year-old bag of garbage in the basement. “It’s an attractive way to start a conversation,” she said with a laugh. It should be noted that the basement isn’t in Everett’s home; it’s at Richland City Hall, and the bag of deteriorating waste is only kept for educational purposes. When Everett was […]

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Going Green

Agencies launch Tri-City ozone study after high readings in area

By Ranil Dhammapala Ground-level ozone, not to be confused with “good” ozone in the earth’s upper atmosphere that shields us from harmful ultraviolet radiation, is toxic to human health. Exposure to ozone irritates the eyes, nose, throat and the respiratory system. It is especially bad for people with chronic heart and lung disease, pregnant women […]

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Richland mom creates cloth diaper, sustainable products business

Susan Brady is selling more than cloth diapers from her Richland store — she’s also selling a vision. Buckwheat Bottoms provides a supportive and safe community for new moms to learn about natural and sustainable living, as well as a haven where they can form friendships or take classes on breastfeeding or babywearing. Her customers […]

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Local nuclear industry services firm completes $2 million contract

For almost 20 years, Babcock Services Inc. (BSI) has served clients in the nuclear industry. Although the company is headquartered in Kennewick, employees live throughout the country and travel to job sites at various nuclear facilities as needed. This year, however, Babcock Services landed a contract with a nuclear power plant just minutes away from […]

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