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2014 Legislative information

Each year, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) works with the Governor and the Legislature to identify legislative actions that are needed to help Ecology carry out its responsibilities in protecting and sustaining Washington’s environment, including preventing and cleaning up pollution.  Clean air, clean water and livable land are vital to quality of life in the Northwest.  These also support economic vitality, as one-third of Washington State’s economy is directly supported by natural resources activities.

Sustainability for Washington’s Forests & Fish Program

The Department of Ecology and the Department of Natural Resources are making a proposal to the legislature to strengthen accountability and stabilize funding for forest adaptive management.


Streamlining Reports Required by Statute

Modern communication utilizes web sites and links, not static published reports. Many reports from Ecology mandated in legislation have outlived their usefulness. Two dozen reports are proposed for elimination, reduction in frequency or shift to web. Topics include litter, waste tires, biosolids, watershed planning, water resources, water quality and energy efficiency.

Making Technical Corrections to Ecology’s Statutes

Updating Ecology’s statutes is one vital part of improving customer service and making our work more transparent to the public. Multiple corrections are proposed to remove outdated statutes, update references, clarify text, and harmonize related statutes.

Efficiency & Flexibility of Ecology’s Environmental Statutes

Ecology’s environmental statutes need updating and modernizing. There is a government-wide and Ecology-specific emphasis on applying Lean principles to our operations. Cleanup and clarification of the statutes we implement is vital to improving efficiency and public service.

Ensuring the Public is Protected from Spills of Heavy Oil

Washington is rapidly becoming a major transshipment point for crude oil. This oil shipment in pipelines, oil tankers, barges and trains is placing the state at increased risk of major oil spills. The proposed amendment would update the definition of “oil” to clarify that heavy oils such as oil sand bitumen and diluted bitumen being shipped out of Canada are regulated by state spill prevention, preparedness and response laws.

Governmental Relations Contacts:

Denise Clifford
Director of Governmental Relations

Vickie Van Ness
Legislative Coordinator