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Defending untrammeled wilderness

After our 2009 report, “Quietly Paving Paradise,” sounded the alarm about irresponsible development in our national forests, then-Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called a time-out on new plans to build roads within Olympic, Mount Baker-Snoqalmie and all of our national forests. We’re still fighting to win permanent protections.

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Plastic bag ban movement growing quickly

By summer 2012, we'd helped citizens in Bainbridge Island, Bellingham, Mukilteo, Port Townsend and Seattle join Edmonds in banning disposable plastic bags. Local bag bans  make an immediate impact to cut plastic pollution in Puget Sound while building the momentum necessary to ban the bags statewide.

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Washington’s last coal-fired power plant to close by 2025.

TransAlta—Washington’s last coal-fired power plant and the state’s largest stationary source of pollution—will be closed by 2025, thanks in large part to Environment Washington members and supporters. But polluters in other states and still foul Washington’s air. That’s why we’re calling on the EPA to move forward with commonsense standards for toxic emissions. We need your help to finish the job.  
 

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Seattle bans the bag

With the help of our volunteers and members, Environment Washington led the effort to ban plastic bags in Seattle. We released a report with new and unpublished data to show the full extent of Puget Sound's plastic problemn and how plastic bags threaten our wildlife. Our members made hundreds of phone calls and sent in thousands of public comments, urging Seattle City Council to ban the bag. We finally won with a unanimous vote in favor of the bag ban, making Seattle the second biggest city in the U.S. to ban the bag!

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We won senators' support for Mt. Rainier expansion

In early 2011, Environment Washington staff hand-delivered more than 2,000 messages from our members and supporters, calling on Senators Maria Cantwell and Patricia Murray  to support an expansion of Mount Rainier to include the Carbon River Valley Rainforest. The next day, both senators committed to doing just that.

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