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Governor Inslee Issues Comprehensive Executive Order on Climate Change

Washington Governor Jay Inslee today issued an Executive Order that will address Washington’s greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions on many different fronts. Issued in apparent response to the …

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Bully for Biomass: Washington Supreme Court Rejects Greenhouse Gas Claims, Upholds Finding of No Significant Environmental Impact for Biomass Facility

The Washington Supreme Court today rejected claims that the potential for greenhouse gas (“GHG”) from a biomass facility triggers the requirement to prepare a full Environmental Impact …

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Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing in Greenhouse Gas Case, Continues to Struggle With Standing in Climate Litigation

A recent order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit illustrates the extent to which courts continue to struggle with otherwise routine legal issues …

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Minimum Streamflows: Washington Supreme Court Rejects Claim of Broad Authority to Override Minimum Streamflow Requirements

The Supreme Court of Washington today issued an opinion sharply limiting the Department of Ecology’s authority to limit minimum streamflow requirements to serve “overriding considerations of the …

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Fish Hatcheries, the Federal Reclamation Act, and State Water Law: Ninth Circuit Rejects Lawsuit, Reaffirming Primacy of State Water Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today rejected a claim brought by environmental advocates who asserted that the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery has been …

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Washington Supreme Court: Water Pollution Control Act Covers Non-Point Pollution, Takings Claim Rejected

The Washington Supreme Court today issued an opinion reading the state’s Water Pollution Control Act (“WPCA”) broadly to cover non-point sources and concluding that the Washington Department …

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Please Join Us June 6 in Tacoma for Re-Using Contaminated Lands Conference

We invite you to join us June 6 in Tacoma for a conference entitled “Re-Using Contaminated Land: Transactions & Technologies.” The conference will address the legal and …

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