Energy & Natural Resources

Millennium Bulk Terminals EIS and the future for fossil fuel exports

On April 28, Cowlitz County and the Department of Ecology finally released the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminals (MBT) project—more than five years after the project was proposed. The EIS is required under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

School-siting bill clears state House, heads to governor's desk

Legislation long sought by overcrowded school districts to grant flexibility for building new schools cleared its final legislative hurdle this week. The state House Tuesday approved changes made by the Senate last week to House Bill (or as it's now known as, Engrossed Substitute House Bill) 1017, which allows school districts - in some circumstances - to build schools outside of the state Growth Management Act's (GMA) mandated "urban growth areas."

Relief may be in sight for school districts with school-siting bill

This year's contender for the Little Legislation That Could, House Bill 1017, appears to finally be on its way to passage in the state Legislature.

How technology has improved produce

Specialty crops are an important part of Washington’s agricultural economy.

Not preventing invasive species would be costly

Last week the Washington Invasive Species Council released an economic impact study of invasive species in Washington. The study provides “a snapshot of total economic impact within a single year if no prevention or management activities occurred.”

The three worst offenders are apple maggots, rush skeletonweed, and scotch broom.

Challenges mount for fossil fuel projects

For several years, oil terminal projects have been in the works at the Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam—Westway and Imperium. The Imperium project was canceled by the company in 2016, and Westway is now called Contanda.

Policy Today podcast: Expanded state environmental regulations threaten union jobs

Today's topic is the expanded state environmental regulations that, due to their arbitrary and excessive nature, threaten to send good-paying jobs - many of them union jobs - out of Washington state.

Ag and timber in the news

I wanted to point out a couple of interesting stories I’ve read this week on the agriculture and timber industries.

First, Dick Davis writes in the Fall 2016 edition of Washington Business Magazine (see page 30) about new advances in agricultural technology. He discusses genetics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, field architecture, and robots.

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