News Release | Environment Washington

Statement: Compromise sought to protect threatened Pacific Northwest marine life

A long-running battle over the fate of endangered and threatened salmon in the Pacific Northwest could reach a resolution soon, after two major developments on Thursday. And that could have major repercussions for the region’s endangered orca population.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Biden honors U.S. conservation legacy by restoring protections for Utah, New England monuments

President Joe Biden is expected to restore protections Friday for three national monuments. The original boundaries for two Utah areas, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, and the original protections for the U.S. Atlantic’s only marine monument, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, will be reinstated after being stripped during the Trump administration. 

News Release | Environment Washington Research & Policy Center

New report: Trouble in the Air: Seattle metro area experienced 47 days of polluted air in 2020

Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue, home to four million people, suffered through 47 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, according to a new report from EnvironmentWashington Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and WashPIRG Foundation. Air pollution increases the risk of premature death, asthma attacks, cancer, and other adverse health impacts.

News Release | Environment Washington

Washington’s new bag law takes effect, reducing plastic pollution and waste

Washington’s new single-use plastic bag ban will go into effect on October 1, 2021. As of that date, retailers in the state will no longer hand out single-use, thin film plastic bags. If customers do not bring their own reusable bags, retailers can provide paper bags or reusable thicker plastic bags for an 8-cent fee, which is retained by the retailer to cover the higher cost of those bags.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. House of Representatives must pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote early next week on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a major bipartisan package for transportation, clean water, power infrastructure and broadband.