Monday, March 30, 2020

Washington Department of Ecology proposes state’s first regulation limiting carbon pollution

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) proposed a rule this week that would put the first state limits on carbon pollution, which was developed with industry groups, local governments, environmentalists and the general public.

“It’s important that we act now to protect our water supplies, infrastructure and economy for future generations,"  Ecology Director Maia Bellon said. “I’m a big believer in partnerships and now is the time for industry and the environmental community to collaborate with us on the best approach.”

The proposed rule would cover approximately 60 percent of the state’s greenhouse gases, covering organizations generating over 100,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases. Those entities would need to consistently reduce their air pollution by 5 percent every three years.

“Cities and counties across our state are taking action now to protect their transportation systems, water supplies and homes from climate change damage,” Ecology Climate Change Policy Lead Sarah Rees said. “Now’s the time for the state to do its part. This is only one piece of the puzzle. We need to put multiple strategies in place. The science is telling us that what was projected years ago is happening today and we need to act now to protect our environment and economy for future generations.”

The proposed carbon pollution rule is available for public comment until April 8.

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