New water permit in the pipeline for Washington wineries

New wastewater monitoring and reporting rules directed at wineries are expected to have major impacts on Washington’s smaller vintners, especially during seasonally busy times, like crush. The Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) has proposedRead more

Tacoma City Council considers LID objections, tables discussion for a week

The Tacoma City Council met in closed session August 23, 2017 to discuss the city’s proposed Broadway Local Improvement District (“LID”) assessments, but ultimately concluded they needed more information before making a decision. TheyRead more

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LCB proposes rule updating cannabis pesticide laws

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) is revisiting its cannabis pesticide rules in acknowledgment that its current “zero tolerance” action levels for certain pesticides is probably untenable. LCB’s April 19, 2017 emergency rule-makingRead more

Ecology proposes updates to dangerous waste laws to combat “sham recycling”

The Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) has proposed new dangerous waste management rules that require local companies that generate, treat, and dispose of dangerous waste to prove the legitimacy of their recycling operations asRead more

No vested rights for developers where state-mandated environmental laws are concerned

The Washington Supreme Court visited the vested rights doctrine again recently, narrowing once again the applicability of Washington’s developer-friendly “vested rights doctrine.” In Snohomish County v. Pollution Control Hearings Board, filed in late 2016,Read more

Tacoma property owners appeal wildly unexpected LID assessments

Property owners in the Broadway Local Improvement District (“LID”) just east of Tacoma’s downtown core are reeling after receiving their shares of the cost to improve the area, most of which are many timesRead more

Tacoma prepares to launch Tideflats subarea plan

The loss of the Northwest Innovation Works methanol plant left some to wonder what will become of the Tacoma Tideflats, and whether Tacoma remains an industrial city, or is perched on the cusp ofRead more

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Port of Tacoma tenant discussions may run afoul of recent state Supreme Court Open Public Meetings Act decision

As Port of Tacoma commissioners consider how to use the spot previously leased by Northwest Innovation Works prior to its decision to abandon a methanol plant on the Tacoma Tideflats, they may want toRead more