President Obama is expected to permanently protected close to 1,000 acres of land in the San Juans, on Monday with the designation of the San Juan Islands National Monument. The region, which will continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), encompasses nesting grounds for bald eagles, shorelines where visitors can spot passing seals and orcas, and stands of old growth forest.
A new survey of consumers and business in Seattle Bellingham shows widespread support of the plastic bag ban adopted in 2012. The survey was conducted by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center, a statewide citizen-based advocacy organization that has supported bag bans across the state. As Thurston County considers its own ban on plastic bags, this report offers insight as to what we can expect.
Hundreds of Washingtonians are getting tattoos this week in support of the San Juan Islands National Monument. On a recent trip to the San Juans, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell stated she had done everything but “get a tattoo” for the monument. So this week, in celebration of National Public Lands Day (September 29), Environment Washington is distributing hundreds of temporary tattoos across the state so that Washingtonians can join Sen. Cantwell in urging the President to protect nearly 1,000 acres of federally-owned Bureau of Land Management Lands in the San Juans as a National Monument.
Last night, the Bainbridge City Council voted unanimously in favor of banning single-use plastic bags. Of the more than fifteen people who testified for the ordinance, only one was in opposition. The measure is aimed at cutting pollution in Puget Sound and the Ocean where plastic bags can harm whales, seals and salmon. In 2010, a beached grey whale in West Seattle was found with 20 plastic bags in its stomach, highlighting this terrible problem.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed historic new limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. Coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution in the U.S., yet there are currently no federal limits on this pollution from power plants. The standard proposed today will correct that for new power plants by limiting their emissions of carbon pollution.