Washington

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 .

Governor Inslee Hosts Washington Youth Petitioners To Discuss Their Climate Case Against The Department of Ecology (Press Release 7/20/15)

7/20/2015

On Friday, five young petitioners and their attorney arrived at Gov. Inslee’s office, but before entering the building they were met by a security guard who told them “sorry, but kids aren’t allowed in this building.” For these petitioners, the guard’s words came as no surprise.

Governor Inslee Meets with the Kids Who Sued the State Over Climate Goals (News 7/17/15)

Today, Governor Jay Inslee met with a group of kid climate activists currently suing Washington State over its carbon emissions goals.

Teens Are Suing Their States For Ruining The Planet (MTV News 7/16/15)

7/16/2015

The Earth is amazing but it is also a garbage pile mess. Thankfully, teens across the country who want to clean it up are taking matters into their own hands and suing the sh-t out of their states.

Judges Can Save Us From Climate Change, And They've Already Started (Daily KOs 7/6/15)

7/06/2015

A new trend is on the horizon. Concerned about the dangers of climate change and the violation of fundamental rights held by citizens, courts are requiring governments to take adequate actions to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

WA Court Affirms Best Available Climate Science as Basis for Emissions Reduction Goals (Columbia Climate Law Blog 7/13/15)

7/13/2015

One year ago, eight young climate activists (ranging from 9 to 14 years old) petitioned Washington State’s Department of Ecology (“the Department”) to adopt and implement stricter greenhouse gas emissions regulations based on the most current and best available climate science. When the Department denied the petition last August, the petitioners sued to appeal the denial.

House amendment sells out water-drinking population for dairy profits (Press Release 7/9/15)

7/09/2015

On July 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a funding bill amendment introduced by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) that prohibits the EPA from using the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 to protect drinking water from concentrated animal feeding operation-related manure pollution. The amendment came in response to a precedent-setting 2015 legal decision in which a federal judge in Washington found that improperly managed manure may be regulated under RCRA when it presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and the environment.

Youth Petitioners In Washington Climate Case to Meet with Department of Ecology to Discuss Potential Settlement (Press Release 7/8/15)

7/08/2015

Seattle, Washington – Eight youth petitioners will meet with the head of the Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) to discuss potential settlement options in their climate change case. On June 23, 2015, in a landmark decision, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered Ecology to reconsider their climate change petition asking for carbon dioxide reductions based upon best available science.

Update to water quality rules could affect county's farmers (News 7/4/15)

7/04/2015

State officials are rewriting water quality rules and the update could change how Snohomish County farmers use manure lagoons.

The Department of Ecology is updating permits it issues for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Those are farms that discharge waste from animals confined for at least 45 days during the year in an area where they cannot graze. They can be dairy, beef, hog or poultry farms.

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