On Wednesday, the Washington Department of Ecology gave its first glimpse into what the state’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution could look like.
And to major local emitters such as KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp., Weyerhaeuser Co., the Cowlitz County landfill and Cardinal Glass Industries in Winlock, they’re not looking good.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s rule would hurt jobs, raise prices and increase global carbon emissions by pushing companies out of Washington to states and countries with more lenient air quality standards, said Chris McCabe, executive director of the Northwest Pulp & Paper Association, which includes KapStone and Weyerhaeuser.
“If we have a whole bunch of regulatory costs, those aren’t ultimately passed on to the consumer,” McCabe said. “What’s in black and white in the rule does not give us a lot of comfort. We really hope the governor’s office and the ecology department are interested in working with us to make sure we stay competitive in the state.”