Primary Environmental Issues for the 2021 Legislative Session
- Clean fuel standards HB 1091: to spur innovation and adoption of clean technologies in the oil and gas industry and the development and use of low-carbon fuels to reduce greenhouse gas. California, Oregon and Canada have clean fuel standards in place.
- Climate Justice HEAL ACT SB 5141, to reduce environmental health impacts on Washington communities and improve access to clean air, clean water and a healthy environment throughout the state
- Phase out Hydro fluorocarbons HB 1050 from air conditioners and other appliances
- HB 1212 Right to repair bill
Issues to Research and Monitor as Needed
- Single use plastic bag ban which was to go into effect 7/1/2020 was put on hold indefinitely due to Covid-19 (shortage of paper bags)
- Culvert Replacement to increase salmon runs per Supreme Court decision, 2018. $100 million was budgeted but that will not be enough to cover all culverts in need of repair or replacement
- Extended producer responsibility policy for plastics: a strategy to add all of the environmental costs associated with plastic throughout its life cycle to the market price of that product
- Right to repair bill: to require companies to make their parts, tools and information available to consumers and repair shops in order to reduce waste
Environmental Stewardship Progress for 2020
HB 1110 and SB 5412 clean transportation fuels, disappointedly stalled for the second year in the Senate transportation committee. The groups opposed to the bill were well strategized and timed their opposition for maximize effect. If we need to support this bill it will take strong support and organization
HB2472 controlling methane leaks from pipelines etc. There is funding for the Governors Directive in the budget
SB5947 Establishing the sustainable farms and fields grant program passed with bi-partisan support and funded $690K for grants
Other notable successes:
Environmental Stewardship Progress for 2019
On May 7th. 2019 Gov. Jay Inslee signed an unprecedented suite of clean energy legislation into law, ushering in aggressive timelines for decarbonizing Washington’s economy and transforming the state’s energy. Together, these measures represent the greatest step Washington has ever taken toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
SB 5116 Establishes the clean energy transformation act. Addresses the elimination of coal-fired electricity and the transition of the state’s electricity supply to one hundred percent carbon neutral by 2030. Prime sponsor, Sen. Carlyle, passed the Senate 28-19, House 56-42.
HB 1112 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hydrofluorocarbons. Rep Fitzgibbon , prime sponsor. Passed the house 55-39, Senate 30-19.
SB 5397 Reducing Plastic pollution by responsible management of plastic packaging . Rep. Wolfes prime sponsor. Passed the house 75-23, Senate 45-4
HB 1257 Increases energy efficiency of buildings and the use of renewable fuels that reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Rep. Doglio prime sponsor. Passed the House 55-37, Senate 25-23.
HB 1114 Reducing food waste in order to fight hunger and reduce environmental impacts, Rep. Doglio, prime sponsor. Passed the House 95-0, Senate 96-0.
HB 1579 Implementing recommendations of the southern resident killer whale task force related to increasing chinook abundance. Prime Sponsor, Rep.Fitzgibbon, passed the House 59-39, Senate 26-20
HB 1578 Reducing threats to southern resident killer whales by improving the safety of oil transportation. Rep.Lekanoff prime sponsor, passed the House 70-28, Senate 32-13