News Release | Environment Washington

Appliance Efficiency Bill Ready for Senate Floor Action

On April 8th, the Washington State Senate Ways & Means Committee passed HB 1444, which would update an existing state standard and add 17 energy efficiency standards for common household and commercial products, reducing energy and water waste. Now the bill is ready for a full Senate floor vote.

News Release | Environment Washington

Everett Commits to 100% Renewable Energy, Urges Investment in Electric Vehicles

On Wednesday, April 3rd, the Everett City Council passed a resolution directing the Everett Planning Commission to prepare a Climate Action Plan, which will include a target to run on 100% renewable energy by 2045. The Climate Action Plan will also, at a minimum, address electric vehicles and charging infrastructure and building efficiency among other policy objectives.

News Release | Environment Washington

Washington Representatives Tackle Air, Carbon Emissions from Buildings

On Friday, March 29th, the Washington State House of Representatives passed HB 1257, which would create a nation-leading performance standard for large commercial buildings in order to reduce energy use, as well as unhealthy and unnecessary air pollution. Incentives would be provided for building owners to retrofit their properties to address rapidly rising emissions from buildings.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Senators push agencies to act on toxic chemicals known as PFAS

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a source of widespread drinking water contamination. While our federal agencies are standing by, Congress is taking a real bipartisan interest in tackling PFAS contamination in our drinking water. In states as far-flung as Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina, this urgent public health problem calls for urgent action.

News Release | Environment Washington

‘Get the Lead Out’ of School Drinking Water Proviso Included in House Budget Misses the Mark on Solving Problem, Remediation

The Washington House Democrats included a ‘Get the Lead Out’ proviso in the budget they released on March 25. The proviso would provide funding for lead testing at schools, require that schools communicate results to parents, educators and school staff, as well as a communication that no level of lead is safe in drinking water, but the proviso included no funding for lead remediation and actions that will actually protect our kids from lead.