State imposes carbon rule

— A state agency is launching a plan to combat climate change that will impact businesses.

The state Department of Ecology has adopted a first-of-its-kind clean air rule that caps and reduces carbon pollution.

“We are taking leadership under our clean air act, adopting a strong and practical plan to reduce greenhouse gases, and doing our fair share to tackle climate change,” Ecology Director Maia Bellon said.

Under the new rule, businesses that are responsible for 100,000 metric tons of carbon pollution annually will be required to cap and then gradually reduce their emissions.

If a business cannot limit its own emissions, it could develop a project that reduces carbon pollution in Washington, such as an energy efficiency program.

The rule goes into effect Oct. 17.


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