Washington

WA industrial dairy installs court-ordered manure lagoon liners to protect groundwater (News Release 12/12/16)

12/12/2016
Department of Ecology poised to allow continued industrial ag pollution throughout state with new permit

Last week, Cow Palace Dairy, a large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Zillah, Wash., began installation of state-of-the-art synthetic liners for the facility’s earthen manure storage lagoons to prevent ongoing leakage of contaminants to groundwater. This comes as the Washington State Department of Ecology is set to finalize a CAFO General Permit that forgoes this proven, cost-effective protective measure in favor of knowingly contaminating drinking water for thousands of Washingtonians.

Public Health and Environmental Groups Move to Defend Standards to Reduce Waste of Natural Gas on Public Lands (News Release 12/2/16)

12/02/2016
Groups Seek to Join Lawsuit to Oppose Challenges to the Standards

Fifteen national, regional, tribal and local public health and environmental groups representing millions of Americans took legal steps today to defend new standards that will reduce natural gas waste on public and tribal lands, protect public health, and guard against climate change.

Washington state youth sue government over climate change

11/23/2016

SEATTLE (AP) -- Eight children asked a judge to find Washington in contempt for failing to adequately protect them and future generations from the harmful effects of climate change, part of a nationwide effort by young people to try to force action on global warming.

The petitioners, between 12 and 16 years old, asked a state judge Tuesday to step in and require the state Department of Ecology to come up with science-based numeric emissions reductions.

BNSF to study coal covers under tentative lawsuit agreement

11/15/2016

BNSF Railway will study the use of physical covers for coal and petroleum coke trains as part of a tentative agreement reached Tuesday with environmental groups that sued alleging that coal spilled from trains pollutes waterways in Washington state.

BNSF denied any violations of federal environmental laws, but also agreed to pay $1 million in environmental projects in the state and to clean up certain hotspots where coal has accumulated along tracks near waterways.

Climate youths head back to court, Gov. Inslee must justify noncompliance with court order (News Release 11/21/16)

11/21/2016

Youth petitioners are returning to court on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 for a hearing where Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration must show why it is not in contempt of the court’s prior order to protect the constitutional rights of the youth from climate pollution.   

Northwest Forest Plan science synthesis review begins (News Release 11/10/16)

11/10/2016
Will help inform forest management efforts in Pacific Northwest

Today, the U.S. Forest Service released for public and heightened peer review its anticipated science synthesis, which will inform the need to revise the renowned Northwest Forest Plan. The Forest Service is currently taking public comment on the synthesis through January 6, 2017, and credentialed peer reviewers expect to complete their review by mid-February 2017. 

New Poll Shows Strong Support for Northwest Forest Plan

10/25/2016
Voters Prioritize Water Protection and Recreation for Public Lands in the Pacific Northwest

new poll reveals voters' priorities for the management of a 25-million-acre network of America's public lands, forests and rivers in Northern California, western Oregon, and western Washington.

Inslee Administration Finalizes Feckless Clean Air Rule (News Release 9/16/16)

9/16/2016

Yesterday afternoon at a media-only event excluding the general public, the Inslee administration released a final Clean Air Rule that legalizes dangerous levels of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state.

WA Youths Unveil Proposed Climate Legislation to Protect Their Constitutional Rights (Media Advisory 9/1/16)

9/01/2016

WHAT: Washington youth plaintiffs, their attorney and partners will hold a press conference to unveil proposed climate legislation updating existing greenhouse gas emission limits in state law to align with best available climate science. 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 6th at 11:00 a.m. PST

WHERE: The First Church, 180 Denny Way, Seattle, Washington 98109

Wildlife Agency to Kill Wolves in Northeast Washington (News Release 8/3/16)

8/03/2016
Members of Profanity Peak Pack To Be Targeted in Ferry County

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials announced late today they will kill members of the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County. The kill order was issued following investigations concluding the wolves recently killed three calves and a cow and that three other calf deaths are probable wolf kills. All of the losses occurred on public lands grazing allotments, in territory occupied by the Profanity Peak pack.

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