Washington GHG Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington GHG Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:

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Mandatory reporting: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-441-010 to 173-441-170, WAC 463-78-005, and 40 CFR 98

Voluntary reporting: WAC 173-441-030(4)

GHG reduction targets: Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.235.020

Vehicle GHG emissions: WAC 173-423-040 to 173-423-090

Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction: RCW 47.01.440

Electric generating facilities:

Carbon dioxide (CO2) mitigation: WAC 173-407-010 to 173-407-080

GHG performance standard: WAC 173-407-100 to 173-407-240

Refineries: WAC 173-485-010 to 173-485-090

Energy efficiency: WAC 173-485-040 and WAC 173-485-050

Emissions reductions: WAC 173-485-040 and WAC 173-485-060

Annual reports: WAC 173-485-090

Regulatory Agencies

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Air Quality Program

Washington Department of Commerce

Washington Department of Transportation (DOT)

Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In addition to federal reporting requirements, Washington has developed regulations and programs to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in order to meet state-established GHG emissions reduction targets. In addition, the state is working with other states to implement regional programs to monitor and control GHG emissions.

Administration and enforcement. The Washington Department of Ecology's (WDOE) Air Quality Program, with assistance from the Washington Department of Commerce, administers the state's GHG management programs to address GHG emissions and coordinates with other states to assist in the implementation of regional climate change initiatives. Large, new energy-related resources, ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements
Guidance Documents