Washington

Hearing in Youths' Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit Held in Seattle at King County Courthouse (Press Release 10/13/15)

10/13/2015

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

WHEN:
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Court hearing begins at 8:30 am; please arrive by 8:00 am to secure your seat. 

WHERE:
King County Courthouse, Courtroom W-941
516 Third Avenue, Seattle, Washington 

Proposal aims to fight manure pollution from dairies, farms (KOMO News 8/12/15)

8/12/2015

Major new rules were unveiled Tuesday by state regulators aimed at stopping the pollution coming off Washington's large animal operations like dairy farms.

More regulations for dairies proposed (Yakima Herald-Republic 8/12/15)

8/12/2015

Almost all Yakima Valley dairies would be required to get a water quality permit under a proposal the state Department of Ecology released Tuesday.

That’s because for the first time, the agency proposes treating seepage from manure storage lagoons as pollution.

The proposal has some in the agriculture industry wary of redundant regulations and increased costs, while environmental groups say that it still doesn’t go far enough to prevent pollution.

Inslee: I’ll use my authority to impose cap on emissions (Seattle Times 7/28/15)

7/28/2015
After being stymied on climate policy in the Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he’s pressing ahead with executive action to impose a cap on carbon emissions.

Frustrated by legislative inaction on climate, Gov. Jay Inslee plans to wield his administration’s executive authority to impose a binding cap on carbon emissions in Washington state.

Gov. Inslee Directs The Washington Department Of Ecology To Take Serious Action On Climate Change (Press Release 7/28/15)

7/28/2015
Gov. Sides With Youth Standing Up For Their Right To A Healthy Future

Today, Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) to take serious action on climate change. Inslee said Washingtonians have too much at stake to wait any longer for legislative action, and directed Ecology to step up enforcement of existing state pollution laws and to develop a regulatory cap on carbon emissions.

Bill containing Newhouse amendment on livestock regulation pulled (Yakima Herald 7/23/15)

7/23/2015

A bill containing U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse’s controversial amendment to block the Environmental Protection Agency from using solid waste laws to regulate large dairies and livestock operations has been pulled from consideration.

The House of Representatives on July 8 approved the amendment to a large appropriation bill for the departments of the Interior, the EPA and other related agencies, but the entire bill has since been pulled.

Shocker Court Ruling: Cut Carbon Emissions to Save Humanity From Climate Change (News 7/23/15)

7/23/2015

What if the public, alarmed about government’s failure to do enough, fast enough, to stop climate change while there’s still time, could sue?

Nine hundred Dutch citizens have done just that—and won. The historic recent decision, rendered in June, is already inspiring lawsuits in other countries.

Meanwhile, in Washington State, a group of kids have won a case against the Department of Ecology, forcing it to “consider the undisputed current science necessary for climate recovery.”

Teaching old laws new tricks on climate front (Eugene Register-Guard 7/23/15)

7/23/2015

What responsibility do governments have to prevent runaway climate disruption? Do federal, state and local governments have a legal obligation to protect their citizens from harm by cutting greenhouse gas emissions? A number of recent court decisions suggest the answer is yes.

Youth activists meet with Gov. Inslee over emissions lawsuit (Seattle Times 7/20/15)

7/20/2015
Inslee met with youths who are suing the state to crack down on carbon emissions.

Gov. Jay Inslee met with five young climate activists and their attorney who are waging a legal battle to force the state Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon emissions.

The Friday meeting with the youths — aged 11 to 15 — was initially scheduled to last 20 minutes but ran for 90, according to Andrea Rodgers, a Western Environmental Law Center attorney who represents the young people .

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