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Washington State Department of Ecology Starts Rulemaking Process for Regulating Carbon Emissions

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By Michael A. Nesteroff

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) has taken the first steps toward new rules for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by proposing to adopt a new Clean Air Rule and amend two existing rules. Ecology’s rulemaking is in response to a July 28 Executive Order from Gov. Jay Inslee directing Ecology to strengthen existing state pollution laws and set limits on greenhouse gas pollution. The Governor’s order, which came after the legislature in the last session did not pass his climate bills, said the state cannot wait any longer for legislative action: “Carbon pollution and the climate change it causes pose a very real and existential threat to our state. Farmers in the Yakima Valley know this. Shellfish growers on the coast know this. Firefighters battling Eastern Washington blazes know this. And children suffering from asthma know this all too well and are right to question why Washington hasn’t acted to protect them.”

View the full article (PDF) for additional information regarding the rulemaking process for regulating carbon emissions.

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