Washington proposes to limit carbon pollution from largest facilities
By Phuong Le, January 6, 2015, Seattle Times (Associated Press)
The state’s largest industrial emitters would be required to reduce carbon emissions by 5 percent every three years, under a proposed rule released Wednesday by state regulators.
The Department of Ecology’s proposed Clean Air Rule would initially apply to about two dozen manufacturing plants, refineries, power plants, natural-gas distributors and others that release at least 100,000 metric tons of carbon a year. Many more facilities would likely be covered by the rule as that threshold is lowered over time.
Lower oil prices are bad news for pollution cleanup
By Jordan Schrader, January 5, 2015, The News Tribune
Prices at the pump these days are good for drivers – and not so good for Washington’s more than 5,000 contaminated sites in need of cleanup.
Much of the money to clean toxic zones and prevent new ones from forming comes from a voter-approved state tax on petroleum products and other “hazardous substances.”
But lower oil prices combined with state lawmakers’ demands to spread tax revenue around have left a shortfall of more than $40 million for cleanups.
Advisory vote for Tacoma methanol refinery could be on fall ballot
By Kate Martin, January 7, 2016, The News Tribune
Tacoma voters could weigh in this fall on a proposed $3.4 billion methanol refinery on the Tideflats.
The issue is being advanced by a group of Tacomans called the RedLine Tacoma Coalition, who say they were shocked to learn about Northwest Innovation Works’ plans to produce methanol for export to China. The group plans to turn in paperwork Friday to start signature gathering for an advisory ballot measure.