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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Apr 26 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement today after the Trump Administration announced that it is putting on indefinite hold its plan to open more than 90 percent of all federal waters to offshore drilling, including off the coast of Washington state.
Apr 21 2019
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement today after a federal judge in Montana ruled that the Trump Administration illegally revoked an Obama-era moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, and must comply with a federal law requiring environmental analysis before leasing coal-mining rights on public lands:
Apr 15 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that the Trump Administration has abandoned its appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling that found it unlawfully tried to block gillnet regulations designed to protect endangered and threatened marine species like whales, dolphins and sea turtles.
Apr 2 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed the state’s first-ever criminal charges under a voter-approved initiative banning the sale or transfer of products made from certain endangered species.
Mar 20 2019
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a motion to join a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Navy’s practice of scraping the hulls of decommissioned vessels in a way that releases metals and other contaminants into Sinclair Inlet. This contamination can harm marine life up and down the food chain, including salmon and orcas.
Jan 17 2019
OLYMPIA — In a letter to the federal government, Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced his intent to join a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Navy’s process to scrape the hulls of decommissioned vessels, which leads to ongoing pollution of Sinclair Inlet and harms salmon and orcas.
Nov 19 2018
Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed two amicus — or “friend of the court” — briefs today, challenging President Trump’s proclamations to drastically reduce the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments in Utah.
Nov 1 2018
OLYMPIA — A coalition of 26 state and local governments including Washington state filed a comment letter today challenging the EPA’s proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan with the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule, which would not require significant carbon emission reductions.
Aug 17 2018
Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement after a federal appeals court agreed today with Ferguson and 10 other attorneys general that the Trump Administration’s delay of the Chemical Disaster Rule violated the Clean Air Act. The Chemical Disaster Rule updates important safety requirements for large industrial facilities that handle hazardous chemicals.
Aug 9 2018
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed with Attorney General Bob Ferguson today that the Environmental Protection Agency improperly halted a scientific safety review of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, allowing the continued use of the pesticide at potentially dangerous levels.

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