28
Apr

Washington’s Inconvenient Truth

They asked us for help. We answered the call and put our own resources into the fight and our reputations on the line. They took our help, passed their bill, and then stabbed us in the back. I hope they don’t expect a thank you. In late March, WSAC was invited to a meeting with several other organizations including ports,

Read more

13
Apr

Solid Funding for Solid Waste

On April 9th, local solid waste managers, environmental public health directors, and county commissioners came to the capital to advocate for local solid waste financial assistance (LSWFA). Used for the development, implementation, and enforcement of solid waste management plans (including recycling and hazardous materials), LSWFA funding is distributed statewide to all counties. The funding source for LSWFA has been the

Read more

13
Apr

Fire in the Senate

A major hearing took place this week in the Senate as the Ways and Means Committee heard SB 5996 for the first time. This bill, known as the Wildfire Prevention and Suppression Act, was recently proposed and is intended to create a dedicated program for providing funding to improve the fire-fighting capabilities of our state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Read more

7
Apr

Toxic Tax Transformation

Along with the release of their Capital Budget proposal (SSB 5134), the Senate also recently proposed SB 5993, a measure intended to reform the financial structure of the model toxics control program. The model toxics control program is administered by the Department of Ecology, under the authority of the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). MTCA is the state’s environmental cleanup

Read more

X