WA State Withdraws Draft Clean Air Rule After Public Input

By Camille St. Onge, Washington Department of Ecology. 

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.