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In a song-poem he composed with music provided by fellow Washington state resident and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, he dissects the ... a collection of essays from various authors about collective and individual responsibility in the face of climate change and environmental degradation.
WSU has issued the 2017 Consumer Confidence Report on Drinking Water Quality for the Pullman campus. The US Environmental Protection Agency requires that public water systems issue an annual drinking water quality report to the users of the system. This annual report explains where the ...

While Washington State as a whole has either better or equal health outcomes compared to the national average, the lowest ranked counties in the state ... In addition to health behavioral, social and economic factors and the physical environment, the report reveals significant disparities in access to care.
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) secured a number of major Washington state priorities in Congress's omnibus funding package. ... midterm elections from Russian hackers, investments in rural broadband, and funds for important environmental and economic programs throughout Washington state.
SEATTLE — Washington state will phase out marine farming of Atlantic salmon and other nonnative fish by 2022 under legislation signed Thursday by ... and health laboratories for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said he thinks “that Atlantic salmon aquaculture in the state of Washington ...
Washington state will phase out marine farming of Atlantic salmon by 2022 under a bill signed Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Gov. ... genetic and health laboratories for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said he thinks "that Atlantic salmon aquaculture in the state of Washington poses a low ...

The state of Washington's latest attempt to pass a carbon dioxide tax has failed, with its sponsors withdrawing the bill from consideration. Senate Bill 6023 would ... Myers says Washington state politicians' efforts to impose a carbon tax are not primarily about protecting the environment. Instead, he says, the ...
John Volpe, associate professor of environment studies at the University of Victoria, said this month that there are too many issues. ... supervises the genetic and health laboratories for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said he thinks "that Atlantic salmon aquaculture in the state of Washington ...
But with the recent passage of a bill that aims to update state building codes to allow for taller, more extensive timber construction, Washington state hopes .... It'll take a few months to a year for the building code commission to determine exactly how (and how tall) timber structures in the state of Washington ...
Washington state's sales tax exemption for electric vehicles is expected to end sometime this summer after efforts to extend it stalled during the recent legislative ... Supporters say the tax break has helped grow the electric vehicle market in the state and provided economic as well as environmental benefits.
The passage of SB 6269 marks another critical step forward to increase Washington state oil transportation safety. ... We are incredibly proud of the 31 senators and 67 house representatives who chose to represent the interests of our marine environment over the interests of a well-funded and powerful ...
Patricia and Phillip Butterfield, both professors in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University in Spokane, have spent their careers focused on public health and the environment. As the founders of Winescape, a new winery on the outskirts of Spokane, they have a different focus: ...
It provides a more positive environment in the home because there isn't as much stress on the family.” ... Under a five-year pilot, Washington state in September launched two initiatives for the Family Caregiver Support Program, including the tailored support program and Medicaid Alternative Care, with ... Politics
The Washington state Attorney General's Office has filed misdemeanor charges against the owner of the Hero, a derelict research vessel that sank on the ... The suit was filed by an environmental protection unit that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson formed to investigate and prosecute environmental ... Politics
BNSF Railway and five environmental groups want to intervene on opposing sides of a federal lawsuit brought by developers of a coal-export ... Utah-based Lighthouse Resources, which operates coal mines in Montana and Wyoming, sued Washington state officials in federal court in Tacoma in November. Politics
Led by Washington State University planetary scientist Dirk Schulze-Makuch, an international team studied the driest corner of South America's Atacama Desert, where decades pass without any rain. Scientists have long wondered whether microbes in the soil of this hyperarid environment, the most similar ... Politics

“The ban that Washington state legislators are considering would remove firefighting foams that are uniquely effective at combatting certain types of flammable liquid fires,” Bryan Goodman, a spokesperson for the FluoroCouncil, told Bloomberg Environment in an email. “Such a ban would be shortsighted ... Politics
Washington state Senate OKs phasing out Atlantic salmon net-pen farming. Originally published February 8, 2018 at 2:57 pm ... “This risk is simply too great,” Inslee said. “It is no longer acceptable to the people of the state of Washington to expose our waters to the threat of Atlantic salmon net pens.” ... Politics
The second, SB 6269, to increase Washington state oil transportation safety, underscores sound economic and environmental compromise. Both have the common goals of sustainability and the protection of shared waters. However, their passage towards becoming law differ starkly, given your hand ...
First elected to the Senate in 2010 after serving in the House for three years, Nelson is a former banker and environmental activist. She also previously served as chief of staff for then-King County Councilmember Dow Constantine. Nelson led the party and its new one-vote majority through this ...
Now, Washington state has banned Atlantic salmon farming. As John Ryan reports for NPR member ... Environmental organizations, however, worry about the impact of escaped fish on native Pacific salmon, concerned about competition for food and spawning grounds. After last year's net failure, ...
The federal government is demanding that the company building a giant nuclear waste treatment plant in Washington state provide records proving that the ... About 40,000 tons of structural steel is needed for the plant, to help prevent the release of radioactive and hazardous wastes into the environment.
Jay Inslee, B.C. Premier John Horgan and California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez attend a news conference in Vancouver on Friday. ... Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna acknowledged Friday there are differences over the pipeline, but she said it was approved by ...
Those are among the mixed environmental results from this year's whirlwind 60-day session of the Washington state Legislature — marked by a few environmental firsts but also some significant losses for the greens on climate change that go beyond their inability to pass a carbon tax. With Democrats ...
BNSF Railway is asking to join a lawsuit against Washington state officials who blocked plans to build a coal export terminal. The Fort Worth-based ... In September 2017 Ecology denied a water quality permit, citing increased rail traffic among nine different adverse environmental impacts. DNR denied an ...
A coalition of environmental, labor and social justice groups is pushing forward with a citizens' initiative to put a price on carbon emissions. The groups said they submitted a proposed initiative Friday to the secretary of state. The move comes a day after a carbon tax bill pushed by Gov. Jay Inslee stalled in ...
In a settlement approved by the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission, PSE has allocated $380 million toward closure costs that include cleaning up the .... “Water was always the primary environmental concern,” said Wally McRae, a rancher and cowboy poet who helped lead that fight.
The Washington State Senate has passed legislation to protect orcas and the state's marine waters where they live. Two bills that make ... The Orca Whale Protection Act (SB 5886) - which was declared dead last week in the Washington State Senate and then revived - passed with a 34-15 vote. It aims to ...
1/2 – FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, a man fishes for salmon in the Snake River above the Lower Granite Dam in Washington state. Three Republican U.S. House members from Washington state are criticizing Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., for opposing their legislation that would prevent the breaching ...
In a strange bit of political infighting, the state's major environmental, labor and Democratic Party groups largely opposed the initiative. This year, the Legislature may go ahead and take the plunge. A carbon-tax bill sought by Gov. Jay Inslee is moving in Olympia, though its prospects are far from certain.
OLYMPIA — Washington state House officials are reviewing an allegation of inappropriate behavior against state Rep. David Sawyer, D-Parkland, that may have created a hostile work environment. House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, wrote in a statement Wednesday that the allegation was ...
The governor is taking a wait-and-see approach to the results of additional environmental reviews before voicing either his support or opposition to the project, ... And just last week, the state of Wyoming announced it was considering suing Washington State over its denial of key permits for the Millennium ...
In the lawsuit, filed Friday in Kings County Superior Court, the plaintiffs allege that the state of Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee and several state agencies have known for a long time that younger generations are living in “dangerous climate conditions” but have acted with “shocking deliberate indifference and ...
SEATTLE – Environmental activists are suing Washington state, the latest state-level effort to boost use of renewable energy. Thirteen children backed by the non-profit Our Children's Trust filed a lawsuit Friday in Superior Court to force the state to end its reliance on fossil fuels. The only way to do so would ...
Washington state Senate OKs phasing out Atlantic salmon net-pen farming. Originally published February 8, 2018 at 2:57 pm ... “This risk is simply too great,” Inslee said. “It is no longer acceptable to the people of the state of Washington to expose our waters to the threat of Atlantic salmon net pens.” ...
As Attorney General, my job is to enforce the law and protect the people, natural resources, and environment of my state, and I will use every tool at my disposal to do so,” Ferguson wrote. He noted that Zinke had granted an exemption from the plan to Florida, and that the same reasoning the Interior head ...
Even as the Trump administration has tried to bolster the fossil fuel industry, proposed oil and coal projects in Washington state have been undone again and again by a skeptical state government and the vigorous opposition from Native American tribes and environmental groups, which warn of spills and ...
The termination comes just days after state investigators released a report blaming the net-pen failure on company negligence. Share story. By. Lynda V. Mapes. Seattle Times environment reporter. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has terminated Cooke Aquaculture's lease to operate Atlantic ...
Washington state $10-a-ton carbon-tax proposal takes key step in Legislature. Originally published February 2, 2018 at 8:31 am ... Lawmakers approved the legislation in a vote of the state Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. For years Inslee has introduced ambitious plans to ...
For the fourth time since July 2013, Washington state is requiring an analysis of the full climate impacts of a major fossil fuel project proposed within its borders. ... According to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, Tacoma's initial environmental impact statement did not properly analyze the LNG project's ...
The Washington State Department of Health has sent a strongly worded letter of concern to the U.S. Energy Department about elevated readings of radioactive contamination that state monitoring has found across the Hanford Site. The highest measurements were in November and December, according to ...
William A. Bulley, who served as Washington's last highways department director and the first Secretary of the Department of Transportation, has died. He was 92. His death from pulmonary fibrosis on January 19 followed that of his wife Sigrid on Dec. 6. She was also 92. Bulley served as director for the ...
Representatives from the Washington State Labor Council, Columbia Legal Services, Washington Environmental Council, Washington Education Association and Washington State PTA endorsed the bill at the hearing. Farmers and pesticide applicators stressed they don't know four or more days in ...
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As the Legislature moves through the second of nine weeks in its 2018 session, these and other longstanding questions about environmental .... from Burien, seeks to give the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife civil authority to crack down on unpermitted construction in state waters — first, ...
John Dennis Spellman, the 18th governor of the state of Washington, died Tuesday morning. He had just turned 91 years old on ... generously offered them," she said. "We may have been from different parties, but we shared a common love for the great state of Washington, its environment and its people.
Washington State leaves coal behind, but not its workers – After getting a permit to build a natural gas plant on the same site, the company has committed $55 million for community development (and the movement away from fossils). The coal plant employs about 300 workers, with an average wage over ...
Sitting in a tarpee erected outside the Capitol Building in the US state of Washington, seven Indigenous women and their supporters have vowed to stay put. ... Indigenous and environmental rights groups say the pipeline threatens native sovereignty and puts wildlife, as well as the land and sea along the ...


 

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