Washington

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.

WA Youths Provide Inslee Administration with Climate Science to Make Proposed Clean Air Rule Comply With Law (News Release 7/25/16)

7/25/2016

On behalf of youth climate activists who secured an unprecedented court order directing the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to issue a rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the year, attorneys Andrea Rodgers (WELC) and Julia Olson (OCT) submitted comments asking Ecology to bring its proposed Clean Air Rule into compliance with the law and the court orders obtained in the case.

Washington to force state’s biggest carbon polluters to cut emissions

6/01/2016
After withdrawing an earlier proposal, Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration is pushing ahead with a revised Clean Air Rule that would cut greenhouse- gas emissions in Washington but give some concessions to industry.

With some concessions to business concerns, Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration is pushing ahead with a plan to force greenhouse-gas cuts by some 70 of the state’s biggest industrial emitters.

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