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New Rule & Initiatives to Limit Carbon Gaining Traction in Washington State

January 11, 2016On January 5, 2016, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) issued its draft Clean Air Rule under the state’s Clean Air Act that will limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from certain industries, particularly energy and manufacturing, and will require them to reduce those emissions over time. . Public comments will be accepted on the rule through April 8, 2016. Meanwhile, Ecology will be developing a separate state implementation plan to limit GHG emissions under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and state voters could see as many as three separate carbon tax initiatives on their 2016 ballots.

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