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Washington State passes law establishing 2030 target for phasing out gasoline vehicles

The Washington State legislature has passed groundbreaking legislation that sets a target for all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in...Read More

Q&A: Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon’s game plan for passing the clean fuel standard and cap-and-trade

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D – Seattle) has been working to get a clean fuel standard across the finish line in the Legislature for years. He...Read More

DOH announces tool to help improve environmental health equity

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the University of Washington, announced Monday new interactive mapping tools to help utilities improve environmental...Read More

New Studies Will Test Flexibility of “Simpson Concept” for Salmon & Dams

Last month, US Representative Mike Simpson (R – Idaho) surprised many Northwesterners when he announced a $33.5 billion concept to breach (i.e., remove) the four...Read More

What conservationists want to see in upcoming budget proposals

As budget talks kick into gear at the Legislature, conservationists and environmental advocates more broadly are working to ensure that their priorities aren’t given short...Read More

Tesla competitor Rivian backs bill to open up Washington to electric vehicle direct sales

Rivian, a Tesla competitor, is backing legislation that would allow “direct sales” of electric vehicles (EVs) in Washington State. This would mean that HB 1388,...Read More

Labor leaders in Southwest Washington await permit decision for $2.3 billion methanol plant 

Labor unions in Southwest Washington await a consequential decision from the Washington Department of Ecology concerning a project that could bring almost 1,434 new full-year...Read More

Schrier bill aims to reduce methane emissions in “cow burps”

Congresswoman Kim Schrier (8th CD) announced today that she has introduced legislation to provide funds to study methods to reduce agricultural methane emissions, namely “cow...Read More

Billig and Salomon legislation would change effective date of growth planning actions under the GMA

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig and Senator Jesse Salomon have pre-filed a bill that would change the effective date of certain planning actions under the...Read More

Cities awarded funding for electric vehicle charging stations

The Washington State Department of Commerce (COM) has awarded $9.8 million in Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS) grants for 14 projects located in cities across...Read More