Inslee campaign

Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson today released a joint statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule that severely curtails the legal authority of states and tribes to protect clean water under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

“As expected, the EPA has released a rule that unlawfully constrains state and tribal authority and violates both the spirit and letter of the law. It exposes the president’s contempt for the Clean Water Act and his disdain for the right of every state to protect our waters and our communities. This administration will stop at nothing to put corporate special interests ahead of the health and safety of the American people.

“We will not be deterred by the Trump administration from exercising our state’s full authority to protect Washingtonians’ right to clean water. The law is absolutely clear — states have both the right and the responsibility under the Clean Water Act to preserve our environment and protect public health. The White House’s relentless attacks cannot change that.

“If the EPA finalizes this unlawful proposal, we’ll have no choice but to explore all legal options to defend Washington’s authority to protect our natural resources.”

The EPA rule follows a regulatory guidance letter released Wednesday by the Army Corps of Engineers that restricts the timelines for states to issue water quality certifications under the Clean Water Act. The EPA also previously adopted new guidance in June that seeks to narrow the scope and timelines for states’ certifications under the same statute.

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Jerry Murray

Inslee and Ferguson are clowns in suits. They tout clean, air, water, energy and orcas but turn a blind eye to the filth of homelessness that is draining into and polluting our waters with feces, urine, drugs and all sorts of ckemicals. Inslee holds none accountable including self. Vote him out of office and the rest of his ilk and replace him with a man of integrity such as Loren culp.

Tom Davis

What an exceptionally stupid thing to say, Mr. Murray. Next time you think to voice your support of a candidate, try to remember that your endorsement does more damage than anything the opposition could possibly come up with.

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