Bill seeks to fully reinstate Clean Air Rule

Olympia Statehouse

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A House bill seeks to fully reinstate Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to cap carbon pollution in the state by giving additional authority to the state Department of Ecology on who they can regulate.

The proposal is a response to a recent state Supreme Court ruling that said the state’s Clean Air Rule cannot apply to companies that sell or distribute petroleum or natural gas because they don’t make their own emissions.

The House Environment and Energy Committee held a public hearing Monday on the bill that would revise the state’s definitions of “emission” and “emission standard” to include both direct and indirect emissions.