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Environment Washington Endorses Candidates for 2014 Elections

Environment Washington, a statewide environmental organization, announced today the endorsement of three candidates for federal office in the 2014 elections.

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Issaquah Voters Uphold Plastic Bag Ban

Issaquah voters have shown support for the city's plastic bag ban by voting "no" on Proposition 1, which would have overturned the plastic bag ordinance and is likely to fail.

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Volunteers hit the streets to urge Issaquah to vote no on Proposition 1

In June of 2012, the Issaquah City Council voted in favor of banning single-use plastic grocery bags and the ordinance went into effect March of 2013.  An initiative on the ballot this month, Proposition 1, if passed, would overturn Issaquah’s ban on plastic grocery bags.

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Puget Sound Haunted by Stormwater Runoff, Toxic Dumping

On the shores of Puget Sound, Environment Washington held an event to release “Ten Scary Facts about Puget Sound,” a new factsheet which compiles 10 of the most frightening realities about pollution in the area's most iconic waterway. 

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Olympia Becomes Tenth City in Washington to Ban Plastic Bags

The Olympia City Council voted unanimously in favor of banning single-use plastic bags, making it the tenth city in the state of Washington to address the growing threat of plastic pollution. The measure is aimed at cutting plastic pollution to Puget Sound and the ocean, where plastic bags can harm whales, seals and salmon.

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New Survey: Plastic Bag Bans Big Success

A new survey of consumers and business in Seattle Bellingham shows widespread support of the plastic bag ban adopted in 2012.  The survey was conducted by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center, a statewide citizen-based advocacy organization that has supported bag bans across the state. As Thurston County considers its own ban on plastic bags, this report offers insight as to what we can expect.

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Bainbridge Bans Plastic Bags

Last night, the Bainbridge City Council voted unanimously in favor of banning single-use plastic bags. Of the more than fifteen people who testified for the ordinance, only one was in opposition. The measure is aimed at cutting pollution in Puget Sound and the Ocean where plastic bags can harm whales, seals and salmon.  In 2010, a beached grey whale in West Seattle was found with 20 plastic bags in its stomach, highlighting this terrible problem.

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New Report: Recycling Cannot Solve Plastic Bag Problem

Plastic bags threaten marine wildlife and recycling won’t solve the problem according to a new report released today by Environment Washington, a citizen-based advocacy group that won a ban on plastic bags in Seattle.  While the plastics industry admits there is a problem with plastic pollution, it insists recycling can solve it. According to a new report from Environment Washington, A Solution Not in the Bag, recycling is not the answer.

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Legislator Resolves to Protect Puget Sound Wildlife

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34) held a press conference earlier today to announce legislation aimed at protecting Puget Sound wildlife and the environment from harmful plastic bag pollution.  The legislation is modeled on ordinances adopted recently in Bellingham, Mukilteo and Seattle, and would ban most disposable plastic bags at retailers. Representatives from Environment Washington and Fred Meyer expressed their strong support for the bill.

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New Report: Plastics Threaten Puget Sound Wildlife

Today, Environment Washington was joined by Julie Masura from the University of Washington Tacoma’s Center for Urban Waters and the Surfrider Foundation to draw attention to the growing threat of plastic in Puget Sound.