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Published on Friday, January 30, 2015

Governor’s proposal on toxics reduction gets first hearing

HB 1472 contains Governor Inslee's toxic reduction proposal detailed here. This companion to the recent rulemaking on the "fish consumption" issue seeks to provide strong tools to address non-point pollution to accompany a more modest increase in standards on the water quality regulation side. AWC is supportive of the general thrust of this approach, while joining others in concerns that there needs to be significant and transparent sideboards to the proposed authorization given to the Department of Ecology to ban the use of certain toxics in the state. AWC is supportive of a process that can ultimately result in a ban, but we believe that there is room to improve the process to get there.

HB 1472 is scheduled for public hearing in the House Environment Committee at 1:30 pm on Monday, February 2.