• EPA will continue to recognize biomass as renewable

    OLYMPIA – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its plan to defer, for three years, greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting requirements for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from biomass-fired and other biogenic sources of emissions.


    This action responds to Washington State, congressional leaders’ and scientists’ concerns that biomass would be treated the same as fossil fuel-based energy sources in EPA GHG regulations that took effect this month. Governor Chris Gregoire and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark encouraged EPA to take a different approach in a letter to Administrator Lisa Jackson in September 2010.


    EPA’s decision insures that the carbon-sequestering benefits of trees will be duly recognized, and provides more certainty for companies seeking to create jobs and make investments in biomass technologies.


    “EPA is to be commended for committing to a science-driven process that can credibly distinguish renewable forest biomass from other sources,” said Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark. “Washington State’s has been well served by the efforts of Governor Gregoire and our federal congressional delegation in advocating for forestry and renewable energy jobs.”

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  • Associate Superintendent Appointed at Stafford Creek Corrections Center

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Eric Jackson was appointed as the Associate Superintendent for Programs at Stafford Creek Corrections Center after holding the position on a temporary basis since February.

    Jackson, who started at a correctional officer at McNeil Island Corrections Center, has held a wide range of responsibilities in the agency. After spending time as an officer, sergeant, defensive tactics instructor and classification counselor at several DOC facilities, Jackson moved to Stafford Creek as a Correctional Unit Supervisor when it opened in 2000.

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  • NW Business Leaders Urge Stronger Clean Energy Policies

    SEATTLE – It may be the Copenhagen climate summit of the Pacific Northwest. Today (Friday), business leaders from Washington and Oregon have been invited by the White House, to let top government policymakers know exactly what they will need in order to jumpstart more clean energy and green jobs efforts in the region.

    The "Clean Energy Economy Forum" is being held at McKinstry Industries in Seattle, a company known for green building design and development of energy efficiency technology. McKinstry CEO Dean Allen says other companies would be making similar strides – except they’ve been waiting for clear state and federal initiatives and guidelines.

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