These are our press releases
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These are our press releases
An agreement signed to restore a creek is announced by farmers, environmentalists (including Washington Environmental Council) and others.
Seattle, WA - Today’s ruling by Judge Jim Rogers of King County Superior Court struck down key parts of a 2003 water law that had been loudly opposed by tribal and environmental leaders.
Today, the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) released its final draft recommendations for reducing global warming pollution through a regional “cap and trade” system...
Statement by Washington Conservation and Clean Energy Advocates on the Western Climate Initiative Framework
On January 1st, Washington consumers will be able to recycle old televisions and computers for free.
Businesses, consumers, community leaders and other renewable energy advocates have joined with Washington’s entire state environmental community in urging House members to reject a bill, passed by the Senate Tuesday night, that would cut the voter-endorsed renewables standard up to 75% or more in 2020.
Press Release regarding the state of the Governor's Climate Change Bill as it passed out of the House.
Press Release on the outcome of the 2009 Legislative Session.
Governor Gregoire Joins with President Obama to Cut Global Warming Pollution, Grow the Clean Energy Economy
Today, Governor Christine Gregoire signed an executive order that signals Washington state’s commitment to maintain its leadership role growing the clean energy economy and limiting pollution. The announcement of the executive order immediately followed the Governor’s testimony supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to human health.
At today's Food Systems Summit, Governor Chris Gregoire signed an executive order to unite public, private, and nonprofit groups to strengthen Washington's food system.
Energy and conservation groups today filed court papers to defend the state of Washington’s energy efficiency standards.
Today, Washington Environmental Council and the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club sent a 60-day notice of their intent to file a lawsuit in federal court seeking regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from BP’s Cherry Point oil refinery and four other oil refineries in Washington State...
Washington Environmental Council and El Centro de la Raza launch non-partisan, bi-lingual voter engagement program.
State budget cuts threaten health, natural resources, and economic recovery
Federal Judge in Seattle to Hear Lawsuit Challenging State’s Failure to Control Global Warming Pollution from Oil Refineries
A federal lawsuit challenging the Washington Department of Ecology, Northwest Clean Air Agency, and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s on-going failure to control global warming pollution from oil refineries in Washington State is going to be heard.
The public comment period is officially over for Department of Ecology’s draft stormwater permits.
Proposed weakening of rules would allow polluted runoff to continue flowing into Washington waterways.
The Washington Department of Ecology announced its intention to weaken clean air rules and thereby try to escape from its duty to regulate greenhouse gases from industrial sources of air pollution including oil refineries.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Washington’s energy efficient building code – a code that sets standards that is saving Washington families and businesses millions of dollars on energy bills and reducing harmful global warming pollution.
The Washington State Department of Ecology issued its stormwater permits for large and medium-sized cities throughout Western Washington. These permits set standards for using green infrastructure (or Low Impact Development) solutions for new development to prevent polluted stormwater runoff from streets and paved development into our waterways. It is the primary statewide regulatory tool to protect Puget Sound, public health, and quality of life from polluted runoff.
In largest joint effort to date, groups reach out to 60,000 Washington state voters
Governor Inslee’s Jobs Plan will build 21st Century Clean Energy Economy for WA
Seattle's latest initiative to ramp up implementation of green infrastructure solutions is an important step for the City to meet its commitment to protect our waterways, particularly Puget Sound, from polluted stormwater runoff.
A bill to prevent abandoned ships from polluting our waterways, HB 1245, passed the State House of Representatives today
Governor Inslee’s Climate Action bill (SB 5802) passed the State Senate on March 13, 2012 on a bipartisan 37 to 12 vote.
Governor Inslee’s Climate Action bill (SB 5802) passed the State House today on a bipartisan 61 to 32 vote.
Governor Inslee signed his Climate Action bill (SB 5802) into law. With the governor at the signing were business, environmental, public health, and legislative leaders, as well as people from around Washington who have experienced the negative impacts of climate change.
The Washington State House of Representatives voted 50 to 47 to close the Big Oil Tax Loophole, freeing up $41 million to be spent on education.
We applaud the Department of Natural Resources for working with the U.S. Navy to protect Hood Canal, and by extension, Puget Sound as a whole.
New Derelict Vessel law gives state tools, resources to prevent oil spills from abandoned ships
The Legislature adjourned on Saturday, ending a very long session with a number of missed opportunities to improve the health of our environment, make sure oil companies pay their far share in taxes, and protect our families from toxic chemicals.
Court hears WA State Appeal on Climate Pollution Ruling
Climate Impacts and Economic Opportunities: Business, Elected, Public Health Leaders Support Bold Action in WA
At the end of the day on Friday March 21, the Pollution Control Hearing Board upheld the Department of Ecology’s updated municipal stormwater permits confirming the state’s new standards to protect water quality in urban waterways around Puget Sound, the Columbia River and throughout Western Washington.
Long-time environmental leader will head two premier state environmental groups
Statement from Mark Powell, Puget Sound Program Director at Washington Environmental Council in response to Governor Inslee’s announcement of fish consumption standards, as part of a broader water quality package
EIS for BP Dock expansion offers citizens chance to voice concerns about oil trains and tanker traffic
Today an oil train in West Virginia derailed and exploded, spilling oil into the Kanawha River and setting the nearby area on fire. In response Washington Environmental Council, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Lands Council issued the following statement:
Urgency for bill increased with derailment and explosion of oil trains in West Virginia, Ontario.
Tonight, the Washington House of Representatives passed the Oil Transportation Safety Now (HB 1449) bill with bipartisan support, 60-38. The bill now moves to the State Senate for consideration.
Today and for the second time this session, the Washington House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation designed to modernize our oil transportation safety system and improve transparency with a vote of 58-40.
Oil industry pressure weakens bill; decreases protections for communities, waterways
The new safety standards issued by the Department of Transportation take too long to get dangerous tank cars off the tracks and contain loopholes that leave too many vulnerable
Skagit County Superior Court dismissed Shell Oil Refinery’s appeal of a decision that required an environmental impact statement for their proposed oil-by-rail expansion.
Diverse voices ask WA legislature to stand up against oil industry to protect health, safety, communities
A diverse coalition called on the State Legislature to stand up to the undue influence of the oil industry that is putting Washington’s health, climate, safety, and communities at risk.
Despite support of health, faith, labor, equity, and environmental groups, clean energy polices stall out
Statement from Joan Crooks, CEO of Washington Environmental Council, in response to today’s announcement from Governor Inslee on fish consumption and water quality
Statement from Joan Crooks, CEO of Washington Environmental Council, in response to Governor Inslee's July 31, 2015 announcement on fish consumption and water quality standards