Department of Ecology News Release - February 4, 2015

Washingtonians can join discussion on clean fuel standard

OLYMPIA – Washingtonians are invited to comment on a potential clean fuel standard aimed at reducing carbon pollution and transitioning Washington to cleaner transportation fuels. 

The Washington Department of Ecology was directed by Gov. Jay Inslee to engage the public, interested parties and legislators prior to any rulemaking to elicit ideas and discussion about a potential clean fuel standard.

A discussion document, accompanied by a series of public meetings, has been developed to jumpstart dialogue. Public comments on the discussion document can be made on Ecology’s website through March 4, 2015.

A clean fuel standard would set limits on the amount of carbon in transportation fuels in Washington state. Fuel producers and importers would be required to gradually introduce less-polluting fuels to decrease carbon pollution. The discussion document includes potential components for compliance, as well as an approach to prevent fuel costs from rising.

Prior to Ecology drafting the discussion document, the Office of Financial Management commissioned a clean fuel standard analysis. The analysis evaluated the economic impacts and the availability of alternative fuels. Positive job growth, increased personal income and an adequate supply of alternative fuels were projected under almost all scenarios in the analysis. The cost of gasoline and diesel fuel was projected to increase by 2 cents per gallon by 2020 and 10 cents per gallon for gasoline and 12 cents per gallon for diesel by 2026.   

Informational and public comment meetings will be held in Western and Eastern Washington:

Western Washington
Feb. 19, 2015
3 – 5 p.m., meeting
6 p.m., public comments
South Seattle College
Georgetown Campus
6737 Corson Ave. South, Bldg. C
Seattle, WA
Eastern Washington
Feb. 23, 2015
5:30 – 6 p.m., open house
6 – 8:30 p.m., meeting/public comments
Spokane Community College
Lair Student Center, Bldg. 6
1810 N. Greene St.
Spokane, WA

An informational webinar to learn about the basics of a clean fuel standard will be held on Feb. 12, 2015. Register to attend the informational webinar and learn more about the public meetings by visiting Ecology’s website.

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Contact:

Camille St. Onge, Washington Department of Ecology, 360-584-6501, @ecologyWA