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News Release | Environment Washington

New Survey: Plastic Bag Bans Big Success

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.

News Release | Environment Washington

Citizens Don Tattoos to Protect Federal Land in the San Juans

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.

News Release | Environment Washington

Bainbridge Bans Plastic Bags

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.

News Release | Environment Washington

Obama Administration to Protect Americans’ Health by Setting Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

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.

News Release | Environment Washington

New Report: Recycling Cannot Solve Plastic Bag Problem

Plastic bags threaten marine wildlife and recycling won’t solve the problem according to a new report released today by Environment Washington, a citizen-based advocacy group that won a ban on plastic bags in Seattle.  While the plastics industry admits there is a problem with plastic pollution, it insists recycling can solve it. According to a new report from Environment Washington, A Solution Not in the Bag, recycling is not the answer.