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Stories about the environment focused on the Pacific Northwest, with many from KNKX's Environment reporter, Bellamy Pailthorp.

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Stories about the environment focused on the Pacific Northwest, with many from KNKX's Environment reporter, Bellamy Pailthorp.

    Tribes stand united in fight to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

    Tribes stand united in fight to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

    Leaders from five Coast Salish tribes joined a delegation from the United Tribes of Bristol Bay in Seattle this week to formally unveil a Bristol Bay Proclamation. It demands that the U.S. government protect the tribes' way of life, as “people of the salmon,” by halting the permitting process for the so-called Pebble Mine in Southeast Alaska. And it’s a pledge of unity in a fight that has been an uphill battle.

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    Gov. Inslee remains upbeat, despite state Supreme Court ruling against Clean Air Rule

    Gov. Inslee remains upbeat, despite state Supreme Court ruling against Clean Air Rule

    In a close ruling, the state Supreme Court has partially invalidated the Clean Air Rule drafted by the Department of Ecology. The court says it cannot be used to regulate companies that sell or distribute petroleum or natural gas, because they don't make their own greenhouse gas emissions. Supporters of climate action remain optimistic.

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    Environmental groups identify top legislative priorities as Legislature convenes in Olympia

    Environmental groups identify top legislative priorities as Legislature convenes in Olympia

    As the new session gets underway in Olympia today, environmental groups have released their legislative priorities. Items topping their list this year are renewed attempts to pass a clean fuels standard to reduce carbon pollution from transportation, as well as a statewide ban on thin, single-use plastic bags.

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    Environmental justice key to Seattle mayor's executive order on Green New Deal

    Environmental justice key to Seattle mayor's executive order on Green New Deal

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has signed an executive order implementing a Green New Deal for the city to fight climate change. As she signed the executive order, Durkan also announced $250,000 in environmental justice grants, going to seven projects that respond to the impacts of climate change.

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    New year marks start of new rules for recycling plastics in Seattle-King County, glass in Tacoma

    New year marks start of new rules for recycling plastics in Seattle-King County, glass in Tacoma

    It's not only a new year but Jan. 1 also marks the start of new regulations on recycling for residents of King and Pierce counties. Seattle Public Utilities and King County Solid Waste are no longer accepting plastic bags or plastic wraps in curbside bins. (Pierce County already made this change). Instead, residents are asked to bundle these thin plastics up at home and take them to drop off sites at retail stores. The main reason for the change is that thin plastics get caught in the gears of

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    Biofuel producers push for clean fuel standard as regional policy gets public hearing in Seattle

    Biofuel producers push for clean fuel standard as regional policy gets public hearing in Seattle

    Transportation remains the largest source of climate-warming greenhouse gases in Washington. Tailpipe emissions amount to about 40 percent of the problem. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency wants to tackle that with a first-ever regional clean fuels standard, covering King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

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