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Washington paved the way for federal clean cars standards

Nathan Willcox, Environment Washington's federal global warming program director, thanked President Obama for announcing a plan to double fuel-efficiency standards nationwide to an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Washington helped pave the way for this historic move with our own pioneering clean car standards. 

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Huge Victory for Mt. Rainier!

Thanks to a huge outpouring of public support from Environment Washington members, we were able to convince our leaders in Washington to expand Mt. Rainier National Park and protect the Carbon River Valley Rainforest.

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Better protection for Columbia, Puget Sound

Polluter-driven Supreme Court decisions over the last decade left the streams that feed Puget Sound and the Columbia vulnerable to dumping and development. But after a multi-year effort by Environment Washington and our allies, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan in 2011 to restore Clean Water Act protections to all of Washington’s waters.

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Environmental defense programs preserved

Key environmental programs were saved from the chopping block in 2010 with help from Environment Washington and coalition partners like the Washington Environment Council. After we spoke out, the Legislature restored more than $70 million in funding to clean up areas contaminated with toxic chemicals; monitor and reduce pollution in our air; prevent pollution of our waterways, and more.

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A $50 million down-payment on stormwater solution

In April 2010, the state Legislature approved $50 million in funding for projects to stem the flow of chemicals, petroleum and other waste into our waters. The victory came after our staff and supporters attended hearings, cosponsored a “citizen lobby day,” organized phone banks, and helped bring together local activists, business owners and shellfish farmers.

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