Major industrial facilities illegally dumped dangerous levels of pollution into Washington’s waterways 55 times over 21 months, according to a new report by Environment Washington Research and Policy Center. The facilities rarely faced penalties for this pollution due to inaction by state and federal agencies responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act. Environment Washington’s Troubled Waters report comes as the Trump administration tries to weaken clean water protections and slash enforcement funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the states.
The winds of change are coming to Washington state, and we’re prepared to take full advantage of them. Washington has the clean energy resources to meet all of our energy needs. In fact, according to the new Environment Washington Research and Policy Center report, Road to a Fossil Free Washington: How Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles can Repower Washington State, just 5.5 percent of Washington’s wind and solar energy potential could power all the electricity our state currently needs, plus the estimated demand once all our vehicles are electric, rather than gas-powered.
Today, the Trump administration took its first step toward rolling back the EPA’s Clean Power Plan by announcing a move to replace this critical program that cuts power plant pollution. Environment America released the following statement in response:
On October 23, 2017, WashPIRG and Environment Washington Research and Policy Center, touting the leadership role that colleges and universities must play in the clean energy revolution, unveiled a 10 point plan to guide University of Washington toward 100 percent renewable energy. Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools for Moving your Campus to 100% Clean Energy, includes a series of factsheets highlighting 10 key tools to help universities in Washington, including University of Washington, with building a 100 percent clean, renewable energy system.
Today more than 600 leaders from 43 states – including doctors and nurses, business owners, state and local officials, and watershed activists - urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain the Clean Water Rule. Environment America Research & Policy Center submitted their comments in response to EPA’s proposal to dismantle the Rule, which restored federal protections to drinking water sources for 117 million Americans.