Environment

Judge Rejects Feds’ Latest Plan To Help Salmon Survive Columbia River Dams

In a ruling Wednesday, Federal District Court Judge Michael Simon rejected the government’s latest plan for protecting salmon in the Columbia River Basin, saying the system of fish-blocking dams “cries out for a new approach.” It’s the fifth time a federal judge has ruled against the plan that guides dam operations on the Columbia and Snake rivers. In his 149-page ruling, the judge called for a whole new environmental analysis of how dams affect salmon as well as a new plan by March 2018.

AG Targets 90 Conservative Groups in Controversial Climate Change Probe

The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is targeting dozens of conservative and libertarian organizations in a racketeering lawsuit against climate change skeptics that has been widely described as an effort to silence political opponents. The subpoena was part of a national, coordinated legal campaign by state attorneys general and left-wing advocacy groups to use the legal system against companies and organizations that disagree with and advocate against Democratic policies to address global climate change.

State AG Considers Legal Options to Protect Hanford Workers

Washington state’s attorney general is exploring further legal options to keep Hanford workers safe from chemical vapors, he said in a statement released early Tuesday evening. The announcement came after a day when six more Hanford workers received medical evaluations for possible exposure to chemical vapors.

Mandatory Testing Of Lead In Schools Never Funded

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a directive Monday that orders the Department of Health to come up with new cost estimates to pay for mandatory testing in schools. The directive also requires health officials to assess whether childcare providers should be required to test their drinking water.

Communities of Color Should Lead on Environmental Fight

On Earth Day this year, we released the City of Seattle Equity and Environment Agenda, a blueprint to advance and embed racial equity in the city’s environmental work. In the Agenda, the Community Partner Steering Committee proposes that the city establish an environmental justice fund to invest in community-defined solutions.

Washington State Readies Revised CO2 Market Plan, Mulls Limiting Use of External Credits

Washington state will next month unveil its revised CO2 market plan, with officials considering whether to put limits on the use of out-of-state credits, exclude power generators, and set intensity-based targets for heavy industries exposed to carbon leakage. The state’s Department of Ecology aims to announce the plan in mid-to-late May, hold webinars in late June, and adopt the measure in late summer, officials told a webinar on Wednesday. The scheme is designed to force big emitters to cut their GreenHouse Gas output to help Washington halve its GHG’s from 1990 levels by 2050.

Momentum for Climate Action

As our Bright Future project demonstrates, and our December 2015 report The Urban Clean Energy Revolution describes, nowhere is the momentum for this transition more evident than in our cities.