Environment

What’s Alive and What’s Dead: 2015 Edition

A look at what’s alive and what’s dead (or, at least flat-lining) in the Legislature after policy committee cutoff Friday: The Big Bills: HB 1314, Gov. Jay Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal: Alive, as it passed out of the House Environment Committee the week before cutoff. It now awaits a hearing in the House Appropriations Committee. SB

Clean Fuel Standard: A Solution for Pollution

Tailpipe emissions (primarily from gasoline and diesel) account for nearly half of the greenhouse gases spewed into the atmosphere in Oregon and Washington, as well as massive health impacts on affected communities.

Bills in Washington State Seek to End Use of Coal

The bill would also allow utilities to recover mitigation costs from closing a plant, such as financial assistance to displaced employees, from their customers. Washington State gets less than 14 percent of its power from coal.

Toxics Reduction Bill Draws Praise, Fire in First Committee Hearing

A proposal from Gov. Jay Inslee to overhaul the regulation of toxic chemicals in Washington state drew high praise and withering criticism in its first hearing in the House Environment Committee Monday afternoon. The main thrust of the legislation would take the Legislature’s authority to possibly ban chemical use in consumer products, manufacturing and other