Tag: Department of Ecology

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,

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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

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3
Feb

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analysis in SEPA

This week the Legislative Steering Committee (LSC) considered HB 1549/SB 5561, proposed legislation directing the Department of Ecology to adopt a rule governing the evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions as part of SEPA.  The legislation was put forward by the Washington Public Ports Association to better define an issue that is increasingly a subject of costly litigation resulting from project

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12
Feb

Update on Laura’s Bills Still Moving

Land Use Bills There are a few land use bills we are watching for floor action. HB 2931 would increase energy efficiency requirements on residential buildings under the permit fee statute. It has been amended to change the lower efficiency requirement be the default standard. Also in the House is HB 2023 from last year that would preempt the effective

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