SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is poised to join a handful of other states in capping carbon pollution from industrial sources.
State environmental regulators on Thursday afternoon are scheduled to adopt a rule that requires large industrial emitters to gradually reduce carbon emissions over time. It would cover many industries, including power plants, oil refineries, fuel distributors, pulp and paper mills and others.
The rule comes after Gov. Jay Inslee failed to gain legislative support in 2015 for a more ambitious plan to charge polluters a fee, similar to California's cap-and-trade program. A coalition of Northeast states also has a cap-and-trade program that only applies to power plants.
Under Washington's rule, large polluters would be required to reduce carbon emissions by an average of 1.7 percent annually.
Supporters say the rules are a crucial step in tackling climate change, while others worry it would hurt the state's ability to attract and retain businesses.