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Comment by Dec 20, 2018 on Ecology’s proposal to close the “SSM Loophole”

Submit your comments by December 20, 2018 to WA Dept of Ecology on their proposed changes to the state’s “Startup-Shutdown-Malfunction” Exemption. The SSM Exemption has been a huge loophole allowing companies like Port Townsend Paper to avoid pollution penalties by attributing excess pollution to “oops” in their operations. In September 2008, the Sierra Club successfully …

Help guide Ecology’s closure of the “Startup-Shutdown-Malfunction” Loophole

EPA has directed the states to close a loophole in the clean air laws that allowed factories to sidestep responsibility if it could be said that their excess emissions happened when equipment was Starting up, Shutting down or Malfunctioning, aka the “SSM Loophole.” WA Dept of Ecology has an advisory committee, open to anyone, that …

Today, Ecology issues final updated Clean Air Rules for WA State

This morning WA Dept of Ecology sent out this letter announcing their final version of their updated implementation of the federal Clean Air Act rules (aka “SIP”=State Implementation Plan). PTAW and numerous other environmental groups submitted comments critiquing it as kow-towing too much to corporate interests (link to comments is in the letter below). You …

Comment on WA CO2 reporting rule TODAY 2016 July 22 by 11:45pm

www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/rules/wac173442/1510inv.html Chapter 173-442 WAC, Clean Air Rule Chapter 173-441 WAC, Reporting of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases Proposed plan largely exempts some of the most egregious CO2 emitters, such as the Port Townsend Paper Corp, through special considerations (“EITE” or energy-intensive trade-endangered designation), loose and generous cap-and-trade or alternative good works provisions, and blatantly by the …