Black Hills Audubon SocietyDuring Lobby Day
last year, members o Black HillsAudubon and others rom the Olympia area par-ticipated in strategic briengs led by environmentalorganizers, had questions answered, and practicedour powers o persuasion.Then we had good meetingswith Senator Karen Fraser andRepresentatives Sam Hunt andBrendan Williams.In the 2008 legislative ses-sion, ALL our o the environ-mental priorities o Prioritiesor a Healthy Washingtonwere successully passed andsigned by the Governor (withsome modications in SB6580and HB2844):
Climate action and green jobs (HB2815)
Providing local governments local solutions toglobal warming (SB6580)
Evergreen Communities Act, protecting and pro-moting urban trees (HB2844)
Bringing more locally grown produce into ourschools and ood banks (SB6483)On February 19, during the 2009 legislative session,Environmental Priorities Lobby Day again bringscitizen activists rom all over the state to Olympia tomeet with their elected representatives.
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Register today so we can schedule meetings withall your legislators. To register,go to pugetsound.org/policy/lobbyday09 or contact ReinAttemann, People For PugetSound,
, (206) 382-7005 x213(People or Puget Sound ishandling registration or LobbyDay).Environmental Priorities LobbyDay will begin at 8:30 am atthe United Churches, 110 East11th Ave., in Olympia, opposite the Capitol Campus.There will be a reception in the evening.To learn more about the our priorities go to
—Submitted by Sam Merrill, BHAS President
On February 19, during the2009 legislative session,Environmental PrioritiesLobby Day again bringscitizen activists from allover the state to Olympiato meet with their electedrepresentative.
Lobby day, Feb 19
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Washington State’s Growth Management Actrequires counties to identiy lands where gravel,sand, and rock mining may occur. These are calledmineral lands o long-term commercial signicance.In 2003, Thurston County adopted a moratorium onthe designation o these lands and on the siting onew asphalt plants. The moratorium was adopteddue to concerns about insucient environmentaland public-saety protections in the permittingprocess. This was a six-month moratorium that hasbeen renewed eight times.During the moratorium, a Mineral Lands Task Forceand an Asphalt Advisory Task Force (both made upo industry, government, and citizen representa-tives) have met and have provided some guidelinesor making changes to the designation and permit-ting processes. Now, Thurston County will moveorward on these issues. In March o 2009, thePlanning Commission will begin review o the worko the Task Forces and will make recommendationsto the Board o County Commissioners (BOCC). Ten-
Thurston County Moves Forward onMineral Lands and Asphalt Plants
tatively, the BOCC will hold hearings on this in theFall o 2009.
, county sta will be making recommen-dations directly to the BOCC, perhaps as early asJanuary, 2009, or the adoption o interim regula-tions on permitting new gravel mines and asphaltplants. This more immediate process is being doneso that an additional renewal o the moratorium,unpopular with the gravel mine and asphalt indus-tries, will be avoided.BHAS will be monitoring this process and comment-ing on the recommendations. Immediate concernsare that the thoughtul mineral lands designationprocess, as envisioned by the Task Force, will becircumvented in a hasty regulations adoption pro-cess. This could result in reverting back to minerallands designation based on individual gravel mineproposals rather than designation based upon amore comprehensive approach. Appropriate sites
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