Department of Ecology News Release - February 26, 2016

Public input spurs updates to Clean Air Rule
Ecology to incorporate feedback into new draft rule

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology plans to update the draft Clean Air Rule it proposed in January after engaging with stakeholders and gathering feedback.

"We appreciate all the helpful and constructive feedback we have received from stakeholders," said Sarah Rees, Ecology's special assistant on climate change policy. "We're listening and being responsive to the ideas on how to best move the rule forward."

Ecology proposed the draft rule in an effort to cap and reduce carbon pollution in Washington state. The rule would help slow climate change and limit the projected effects on coastal communities, agricultural industries, and drinking water supplies.

Key areas that will be updated include clarifying compliance options, transparency in the proposed credit system, and considerations for Washington manufacturers whose products are sensitive to global pricing.

Ecology has withdrawn the proposed rule to make updates and will release a new proposed rule and supporting documents for public review in the spring. In the meantime, Ecology will continue to meet with stakeholders and gather input.

"We'll continue the engagement process with the public and stakeholders while we make the updates," Rees said. "We're committed to keeping the conversation going; it's a priority for us."

Previously scheduled public hearings in March will be rescheduled to a later date, and Ecology will announce the new dates as soon as they’re available.

Ecology plans to finalize and adopt the Clean Air Rule this summer.

Contacts:

Camille St. Onge, communications, 360-584-6501, @ecologyWA