- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - In a brief Earth Day address delivered from the state Capitol grounds, Gov. Jay Inslee said the Legislature’s impending special session should be used to advance an environment-friendly agenda.

On Wednesday, Inslee said the extended lawmaking session needs to result in new laws on carbon pollution, oil-train safety and toxic pollutants that show up in the state’s fish. He said Washington is facing a series of environmental threats, such as wildfire, pollution-related asthma and ocean-water problems around oyster breeding grounds, which lawmakers must address now or face consequences for generations.

Although Inslee spoke of the Legislature’s special session as a certainty, it has not yet been officially scheduled. The regular 105-day session is scheduled to end Sunday.



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