The Poisoning of Whitaker

There's a killer on the loose inside Whitaker Middle School. According to inspection reports and other documents obtained by WW through a public records request, the Northeast Portland school contains levels of radon, a colorless, odorless radioactive...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/23/2001

Radon gas poses serious health risks to Portlanders, city says

A Portland resident was shocked to discover radon concentrations in her home that were more than 25 times the EPA recommended action level. Homes in northwest Oregon are at increased risk from the gas, which results from the natural decay of soil and...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/29/2009

EPA Selects Portland Oregon School District for 2006 “Tools for Schools” Excellence Award

The Portland Public School District is among three school districts selected to receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) 2006 Excellence Award for their efforts to improve indoor air quality...[Read More]

Date Published: 12/05/2006

EPA Hearts PPS

Portland Public Schools' board meeting Monday night included an interesting coda to a nearly six-year-old story about the now-defunct Whitaker Middle School. WW's May 23, 2001 story, "The Poisoning of Whitaker", about the alarming levels of...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/23/2007

Gresham discusses outdated fire stations

Gresham's Fire Stations are in need of updates to bring them into the 21st century and deal with the dramatic increase in calls for service since the facilities were constructed in the 1980s. "One of the most challenging issues facing our department...[Read More]

Date Published: 12/05/2020

People should test homes for radon in winter months, safety officials say

Safety officials are urging people to test their homes for radon gas. The Oregon Radon Awareness Program says many parts of the state are at high risk. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that comes up from the ground and is drawn into...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/09/2020