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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Aug 13 2013
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced an important ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in the lengthy effort to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
Jun 21 2013
SEATTLE — The Public Counsel Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) today challenged the electric rate increases proposed by PacifiCorp, which operates in Washington as Pacific Power and Light Company.
Jun 7 2013
The State of Washington was extremely disappointed to hear from the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) on Thursday that two more milestones agreed to in the 2010 Hanford Cleanup Consent Decree with the State are at substantial risk of being missed. USDOE Secretary Ernest Moniz called Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday to inform him of this information
Apr 26 2013
The Public Counsel Section of the Washington Attorney General’s Office today filed expert testimony recommending modifications to a multi-year rate plan filed by Puget Sound Energy (PSE).
Mar 20 2013
SEATTLE – The Public Counsel Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office will recommend Friday that the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) continue investigating the so-called “hedging” strategies used by utility companies in their natural gas purchasing strategies.  Public Counsel will also further recommend that the WUTC order that certain hedging costs not be passed to customers.
Feb 22 2013
Earlier today, Attorney General Bob Ferguson learned the U.S. Dept. of Energy has now increased the number of identified leaking single-shelled radioactive waste storage tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation from the one they reported last week to six—and they admit there may be more.
Feb 15 2013
Attorney General Bob Ferguson learned the U.S. Dept. of Energy has identified a leak in one of the single-shelled radioactive waste storage tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, releasing between one-half to one full gallon of liquid per day..."I have met with my legal team and asked them to develop new legal options to enforce the U.S. Department of Energy's current obligations to clean up Hanford. We must ensure that Washington communities and our environment are protected."
Sep 19 2012
 SEATTLE – The Public Counsel Unit of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office today challenged electric and gas rate increases proposed by Avista Corp.
Aug 30 2012
 OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire and Attorney General Rob McKenna today urged Department of Energy (USDOE) Secretary Stephen Chu to take all reasonable steps to adhere to the court-ordered timeline to clean up nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Aug 3 2012
 OLYMPIA – Although stopping short of ordering action for the time being, the United States Court of Appeals today agreed with Washington state and seven other petitioners that the law requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to act on a license application to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. 

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