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Environmental Priorities Coalition

An introduction to the Environmental Priorities Coalition

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The Environmental Priorities Coalition is a state-wide effort of leading groups that have worked to make Washington a better place to live since 2002. 

The Environmental Priorities Coalition believes that we can have a strong economy and a healthy environment that allows our families to prosper in a safe and clean community. Especially in the face of proposals that would turn our Evergreen State into a fossil fuel highway, our leaders in Olympia need to stand up and make smart decisions to protect our environment and communities. The Environmental Priorities Coalition combines the voices of Washington’s strongest environmental organizations and works with the legislature to move us forward. 

2015 Priorities

Carbon Pollution Accountability Act

[HB 1314 | SB 5283]

Washingtonians are doing their part as individuals to keep this state clean, but industries that emit huge amounts of carbon pollution are able to do it without paying a price. Right now we are already paying the price of global warming pollution; from economic losses in the shellfish industry to fiercer and more frequent forest fires, we are seeing impacts close to home. Our Priority is going to ensure Washington is cleaner by:

  • Making polluters pay for carbon emissions
  • Enforcing our state climate laws
  • Reducing harmful emissions in the future 
  • Generating needed revenue to make smart investments across the entire state 

Read more about the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act here.


Oil Transportation Safety Now 

[SB 5087 | HB 1449]

The risk of a spill or disaster from crude oil is growing here in Washington, but our laws were crafted in the 1970s and need to be updated to reflect reality. From highly volatile Bakken crude oil to toxic tar sands, the risks to our communities and waterways are real. Our Priority is going to ensure Washington is safer by:

  • Giving the public information on how oil is moving through our communities
  • Authorizing common sense oil spill prevention measures
  • Ensuring companies carrying oil, not taxpayers, pay for cleaning up all oil spills
  • Providing funding to modernize our system that safeguards communities and waterways

Visit our Past Legislation page to explore previous legislative efforts including past Environmental Priorities.

Major Success Stories 

For more information or if you have questions, email Cathy Lehman, Voter Education and Outreach Director at cathy at


The following organizations make up the Environmental Priorities Coalition.


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