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10.22.2007

Greenhouse Gas Inventory – State and Local Governments Want to Know Your Project’s Carbon Footprint

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A June 2007 Executive Order issued by King County Executive Ron Sims requiring all public and private development projects to quantify greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions during project review under Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (“SEPA”) became effective on October 15, 2007. As part of the implementation of this new requirement, King County released a revised SEPA checklist and new SEPA GHG Emissions Worksheet to assist developers in calculating their projects’ GHG emissions. Currently, King County does not expressly require mitigation of GHG emissions as part of the SEPA process, but such requirements are not far behind. Representatives from the County have suggested they will be using the Comprehensive Plan update process to develop mitigation requirements, which is anticipated to be released in late 2008. View full article (PDF).