Apr 21 2020
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Attorney General Bob Ferguson today launched a new environmental justice initiative. As part of the initiative, Ferguson announced that he will partner with Gonzaga University to hold an environmental justice symposium next year. Ferguson’s goal is strengthen environmental policies and enforcement with meaningful involvement from the people affected most by environmental issues like climate change and pollution.
Mar 9 2020
Judge blocks new Trump Administration effort to allow release of 3D-printed ghost guns in AG Ferguson lawsuit
SEATTLE — A federal judge has granted Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to block the Trump Administration’s latest effort to allow 3D-printed gun files to be released on the internet. These files would allow plug-and-play access to 3D-print unregistered, untraceable firearms that can also be very difficult to detect, even with a metal detector. Untraceable firearms are sometimes called “ghost guns.”
Feb 7 2020
A Pend Oreille County Superior Court judge found probable cause to civilly commit a sex offender today after the Washington Attorney General’s Office filed a petition to prevent his release to the community.
Jan 29 2020
Victory for Puget Sound: Navy signs legally enforceable agreement to stop polluting Puget Sound with ship scrapings, take steps to prevent additional environmental damage
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a court order requiring the U.S. Navy to stop scraping the hulls of decommissioned ships in a way that releases metals and other contaminants into Sinclair Inlet near Bremerton. The Navy must also begin a multi-million dollar project to reverse the environmental damage caused by scraping decades of marine buildup off the hull of a ship.
Dec 20 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to repeal a 2015 rule that clearly defines what waters qualify for federal Clean Water Act protection and replace that rule with a rule established in 1986. The EPA’s repeal will significantly reduce the number of water bodies around the United States that are protected under the Clean Water Act.
Nov 14 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Donald Frank Rooney of Everett has pleaded guilty to trafficking in species threatened with extinction under a voter-approved initiative banning the sale or transfer of products made from certain endangered species.
Oct 24 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that his office won an additional $2.5 million in federal grants to fund Washington’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) program, part of a statewide initiative to end Washington’s rape kit backlog.
Oct 22 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson, along with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Letitia James, led a coalition of 22 states and the District of Columbia in filing a comment letter opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule which would unlawfully curtail state authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.
Sep 25 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a multistate lawsuit today challenging Trump Administration rules that significantly undermine the Endangered Species Act, a cornerstone of national conservation law critical to Washington’s effort to save species such as the southern resident orca. Nearly every species afforded protections under the Endangered Species Act have been saved from extinction.
Sep 20 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump Administration’s attempt to block Washington’s and other states’ ability to set more stringent vehicle emission standards.