Washington

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.

About Gov. Inslee's appeal of youth climate victory (Open Letter 6/23/16)

6/23/2016

We are the attorneys who represent the eight courageous youths who presented Gov. Inslee with an unprecedented climate protection opportunity to issue rules to protect their future from carbon pollution. We write not just as their advocates, but as mothers of young children as well. We do not now, nor have we ever, questioned Gov. Inslee’s professed commitment to addressing climate change.

WA Gov doubles down on betraying youth (Press Release 6/16/16)

6/16/2016

Yesterday, in an act betraying the youth of Washington, “green” Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration appealed a Washington Superior Court decision ordering his administration to issue a rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the year. Today, Inslee published an op-ed touting his climate record in The Hill with no mention of the case or his administration’s anti-environment appeal of the decision. 

Ecology's draft CAFO water quality permit sacrifices public health, drinking water, shellfish beds (Press Release 6/16/16)

6/16/2016

Yesterday, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) issued a draft concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) general discharge permit, replacing one that expired in 2011.

Inslee Administration Defies Court Order, Betrays Children (Press Release 6/1/16)

6/01/2016

Today, the Inslee administration released its revised Clean Air Rule that defies an unprecedented May 16, 2016 court order issued by King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill, and fails the children of Washington. Judge Hill ordered the state to adopt a rule “to limit greenhouse gas emissions in Washington” by the end of the year.

Gov. Inslee has 45 days to decide whether to protect Spokane River flows (Press Release 5/31/16)

Citizens ask Gov. to reopen agency decision that ignored jobs, tourism, boaters, scenery

Advocates for the Spokane River are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to grant their petition for protecting all instream values of the Spokane River, including recreational boating opportunities. This is the next step in the citizens’ quest to protect Spokane River flows.

Suit Seeks Public Review of Animal Pelt Exports (News Release 5/4/16)

5/04/2016
Endangered Species Treaty Misused to Facilitate Mass Fur Export

Today, conservation groups filed suit to require open, public review of the impacts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service’s) export program that facilitates international trade in bobcat and gray wolf pelts, creates more incentive for trapping, and harms wolves, lynx, and other native wildlife.

Youths Secure Second Win In Washington State Climate Lawsuit (Press Release 4/29/16)

4/29/2016
Judge Chastises State, Rules From Bench Ordering State to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Today, in a surprise ruling from the bench (transcript here) in the critical climate case brought by youths against the state of Washington's Department of Ecology (“Ecology”), King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered Ecology to promulgate an emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and make recommendations to the state legislature on science-based greenhouse gas reductions in the 2017 legislative session.

Seattle Youths Head Back to King County Courthouse for Hearing on Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit (Media Advisory 4/26/16)

WHAT: Judge Hollis Hill will hear another round of oral arguments in the important case brought by seven young Washingtonians to address the Washington Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) persistent refusal to implement science-based carbon pollution limits. 

WHEN: Friday, April 29, 2016; Court hearing begins at 9:00 a.m.; please arrive by 8:30 a.m. to secure your seat. 

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