JUNE 6, 2016

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Washington state takes a step closer to capping carbon emissions

June 2, 2016, Associated Press

Washington state regulators on Wednesday unveiled an updated plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters, the latest attempt by Gov. Jay Inslee to push ahead with a binding cap on carbon emissions after struggling to win approval from legislators.

Washington would join nearly a dozen states including California that have capped carbon pollution from industrial sources.

Read more here: http://www.king5.com/tech/science/environment/washington-state-takes-a-step-closer-to-capping-carbon-emissions/228511435

 

MARINE TERMINALS

Port Of Seattle Plans Upgrade Of Terminal 5 To Accommodate Bigger Vessels

Ashley Gross, June 5, 2016, KPLU

Just a year ago, “kayaktivists” took to the water to protest Royal Dutch Shell’s enormous drilling rig at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5. Of course, that rig is long gone and the port is now in the environmental review process for a plan to upgrade the facility.

The shipping industry has been shifting to bigger vessels, and the Port of Seattle said Terminal 5 in West Seattle needs to be improved to accommodate those ships, including, potentially, mega-ships that can carry almost twice as much cargo as the average container ship calling in Tacoma and Seattle today. The improvements will include deepening the berth where the ship will tie up, which will require some dredging.

Read more here: http://www.kplu.org/post/port-seattle-plans-upgrade-terminal-5-accommodate-bigger-vessels

 

TRADE

New video outlines challenges facing Washington ports

June 6, 2016, Auburn Reporter

A video released today by state Sen. Pam Roach details the importance of ports to job creation in Washington.

Filmed at the South Harbor of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, formerly known as the Port of Tacoma, the video takes an in-depth look at the competitive challenges currently facing Washington ports.

Read more here: http://www.auburn-reporter.com/news/381997371.html

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