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News Release | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

Trouble in the Air: From Seattle to Yakima to Spokane, WA residents’ health at risk from numerous dirty air days in 2016

With the Trump administration proposing to weaken federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health. According to a new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center 3.8 million people in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area experienced 26 days of degraded air quality in 2016, 250,000 people in Yakima experienced 84 days of degraded air quality, and 554,000 people in Spokane-Spokane Valley experienced 51 days of degraded air quality, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts. 

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Report | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

Trouble in the Air

A new report finds that in 2016, 73 million Americans experienced more than 100 days of degraded air quality with the potential to harm human health. That is equal to more than three months of the year in which smog and/or particulate pollution was above the level that the EPA has determined presents “little to no risk.” Millions more people in urban and rural areas experienced less frequent but still damaging levels of air pollution.

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News Release | Environment Washington

Environment Washington laments feds’ decision to repeal Clean Car Standards

On August 2nd, the Trump administration announced new vehicle emission guidelines which roll back the existing Clean Car Standards. This regressive move will get rid of our nation’s best climate change mitigation program, which is cutting future carbon emissions more effectively than any other current federal policy. Preliminary calculations indicate this move could increase global warming emissions by 2.2. billion metric tons. This action betrays the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)’s stated mission of protecting human health and the environment. Trump officials are also considering rejecting a waiver that has allowed California and 12 other states, including Washington, to adopt standards that are more protective of health and the environment.

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News Release | Environment Washington

Cantwell Introduces Bill to Codify Existing Protections for Millions of Acres of National Forests Currently Being Eyed by the Trump Administration

On Aug 1st, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation to permanently protect the nation’s most pristine federal forests from harmful and reckless development. These federal lands support billions of dollars each year in revenues from outdoor recreation, provide opportunities for hunting and fishing, protect critical habitat for 1,600 threatened or endangered species, and supply clean drinking water to millions of Americans in more than 350 communities throughout Washington and across the United States.

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Looking for good news? Check out this map on renewable energy. | Rob Sargent

There are many reasons to be optimistic about a future powered by the sun and wind.

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