News Release | Environment Washington

Critical measure for orca, Chinook salmon recovery funded in state budget

The Washington State Legislature has included $750,000 in the biennial operating budget to “establish a process for local, state, tribal, and federal leaders and stakeholders to address issues associated with the possible breaching or removal of the four lower Snake river dams in order to recover the Chinook salmon populations that serve as a vital food source for southern resident orcas.” The budget item was one of the Orca Recovery Task Force recommendations issued last fall and was requested by Gov. Inslee in his budget.

News Release | Environment America

Bernhardt announces an indefinite delay to the administration’s unpopular offshore drilling expansion

"It’s a good day in America when the administration announces it will delay plans to massively expand offshore oil drilling. This is welcome news because, while the delay may stem more from the court ruling, it's a decision that makes even more sense based on the fact that expanding offshore drilling in 2019 is wildly unpopular."

News Release | Environment Washington

Washington to become second state to adopt new energy-saving standards for common appliances and products

The Washington State Legislature passed a bill this week establishing energy efficiency standards on 17 common consumer products. HB 1444 now awaits the governor’s signature. Once that occurs, Washington will become the second state to adopt this new round of updated standards. The new law applies to a range of products and appliances, including commercial dishwashers, commercial fryers, water coolers and faucets.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: EPA seeks to legalize pollution via groundwater

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act on Monday that fails to protect against pollution that passes through groundwater before reaching our waterways. The EPA is grossly misinterpreting the Clean Water Act and putting our waters at risk by opening loopholes for pollution. This change would leave the public vulnerable to toxic pollution, as our current lawsuit in Massachusetts demonstrates.

News Release | Environment Washington

100% Clean Electricity Bill passes Washington House of Representatives

The Washington State House of Representatives today passed the 100% Clean Electricity bill, E2SSB 5116. The bill requires utilities to obtain 100 percent of their electricity from carbon-free energy sources and features key near-term targets to eliminate coal from the grid by 2025.

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