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Inslee announces climate package for 2022

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Inslee announces climate package for 2022

Gov. Jay Inslee announced his climate proposals for the 2022 legislative session, which will bolster Washington's leadership in clean energy and economic growth. The action took place Monday morning.

The governor put forward a $626 million investment in a climate strategy that will:

Decarbonize the building sector

Successfully implement the Climate Commitment Act

Invest more in clean transportation.

Build the clean energy future in Washington.

"We have made good progress in our state, but it is not enough, and we must do more. Now is the time to act boldly and quickly -  to protect the planet and to grow our economy with clean energy jobs," Inslee said.

Severe Bridge Damage,

Truck Driver Hours Waiver

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in Lewis County last Tuesday (Dec. 7) as a result of severe damage that occurred on Nov. 15, when an over-height load struck the overpass under Koontz Road on Interstate 5.

The damage sustained to the overpass under Koontz Road will require replacement of one overpass girder, and the estimated cost of repairs to the overpass is $1,000,000. The emergency order also directs that the plans and procedures in the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan be implemented. State agencies and departments are directed to utilize state resources and to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from the incident.

The governor also amended the Truck Driver Hours Waiver Proclamation (20-22) to align with the federal emergency truck driver hours waiver extension issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This order expires on Feb. 28, 2022.

Both emergency orders are effective immediately.

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