Federal environmental rollbacks

Over the past four years, the federal government introduced new rules and policies designed to roll back or eliminate major protections for air quality, water quality, climate, and the scientific research that supports regulatory decisions. These actions have had significant impacts on Washington state.

We believe many of these federal rules and policies were based on faulty science and violated federal law, or both.  As the agency charged with protecting Washington’s land, air, and water, we have testified and submitted formal comments against these actions, and, when necessary, have worked with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson to challenge them in court.

The new federal administration has indicated an interest in unwinding many of these policies. We are encouraged by that stance, and will continue to press federal agencies to adopt policies that fully protect the environment and public health. 

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This is a partial list of major environmental policies the prior federal administration has attempted to roll back and the state’s responses.

Water quality rollbacks


Air quality rollbacks


Other rollbacks