Could your project be denied because of its greenhouse gas emissions? The idea is spreading like wildfire here
It sure is amazing how one government decision can issue a string of changes (even if they are in Washington and take forever to come to fruition). Such is the decision of King County Executive Ron Sims last June to consider climate change under SEPA.
SEPA is Washington's State Environmental Policy Act. The decision means that any project that fills out SEPA paperwork in unincorporated King County, or where King County is the lead, has to measure its greenhouse gas emissions on a spreadsheet and hand them in to the country as part of its SEPA paperwork. Doesn't sound like much, but if it leads to mitigation (which is the direction King County is heading here) it could mean time, money, and a lot more than just a piece of paperwork.
Already, King County is creating an ordinance that would let it deny or change projects that have too high of a greenhouse gas emission impact (deadline for commenting on that is May 19).
Read the timeline below to see how it's spreading like wildfire in this state (and California). If you work on projects in Washington, you'll probably have to consider this in the near future. If you're not in Washington.... well, you might still have to consider this in time.
So how does it make you feel? Is this an unfair use of government power or is a realistic way to deal with project emissions? Let me know!