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Historic Agreement Signed to Restore Manastash Creek

An agreement signed to restore a creek is announced by farmers, environmentalists (including Washington Environmental Council) and others.

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Good Decision Throws out Bad Water Law

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.

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Washington State Environmental Leaders React to WCI Recommendations

Today, the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) released its final draft recommendations for reducing global warming pollution through a regional “cap and trade” system...

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Black Friday Goes Green as Manufacturers Help Consumers Recycle the Old as They Bring in the New

On January 1st, Washington consumers will be able to recycle old televisions and computers for free.

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Washington environmental community says House must stop SB 5840

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.

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Governor’s Climate Bill Passes State House

Press Release regarding the state of the Governor's Climate Change Bill as it passed out of the House.

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Challenging Legislative Session for the Environment

Press Release on the outcome of the 2009 Legislative Session.

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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.

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Good Food Coalition applauds Governor's Executive Order as good step forward

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.

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Energy and Conservation Groups Seek to Preserve State Energy Efficiency Rules

Energy and conservation groups today filed court papers to defend the state of Washington’s energy efficiency standards.

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Environmental Groups Take Action to Reduce Oil Companies’ Climate Pollution

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...

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Washington Environmental Council and El Centro de la Raza team up to engage Latino voters

Washington Environmental Council and El Centro de la Raza launch non-partisan, bi-lingual voter engagement program.

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Proposed Cuts to Natural Resource Agencies Threaten Toxic Clean Ups, Public Health

State budget cuts threaten health, natural resources, and economic recovery

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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.

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End of Public Comment Period Marks New Phase in State’s Clean Water Action

The public comment period is officially over for Department of Ecology’s draft stormwater permits.

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WA Legislature Attacks Clean Water Protections

Proposed weakening of rules would allow polluted runoff to continue flowing into Washington waterways.

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WA Dept of Ecology Takes Action to Weaken Climate Pollution Laws

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.

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Federal Appellate Court Upholds Washington Energy Efficiency Rules

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.

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NEW STATE STORMWATER PERMITS PRESENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUGET SOUND

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.

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WEC and El Centro work together to turn out Latino voters

In largest joint effort to date, groups reach out to 60,000 Washington state voters

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Governor Inslee’s Jobs Plan will build 21st Century Clean Energy Economy for WA

Governor Inslee’s Jobs Plan will build 21st Century Clean Energy Economy for WA

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Seattle’s Coordinated Approach to Polluted Stormwater Solutions Good for Puget Sound

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.

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Derelict Vessel Bill Passes State House

A bill to prevent abandoned ships from polluting our waterways, HB 1245, passed the State House of Representatives today

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WA Climate Action Bill Passes State Senate

Governor Inslee’s Climate Action bill (SB 5802) passed the State Senate on March 13, 2012 on a bipartisan 37 to 12 vote.

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WA Climate Action Bill Passes State Legislature

Governor Inslee’s Climate Action bill (SB 5802) passed the State House today on a bipartisan 61 to 32 vote.

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Gov. Inslee signs Climate Action Bill into law

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.

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WA House Closes Big Oil Tax Loophole

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.

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DNR and U.S. Navy announce new partnership to protect Hood Canal

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.

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Derelict Vessel Bill Signed into Law

New Derelict Vessel law gives state tools, resources to prevent oil spills from abandoned ships

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2013 Legislative Session: Missed Opportunities With a Few Bright Spots

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.

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Court hears WA State Appeal on Climate Pollution Ruling

Court hears WA State Appeal on Climate Pollution Ruling

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A Banner Day in Fight Against Water Pollution

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.

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Joan Crooks Named CEO of Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Environmental Council

Long-time environmental leader will head two premier state environmental groups

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