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[90WashLRev0349] Forever Evergreen: Amending the Washington State Constitution for a Healthy Environment

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dc.contributor.author Cohen, Devra R.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-16T13:39:52Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-16T13:39:52Z
dc.date.issued 2015-03
dc.identifier.citation 90 Wash. L. Rev. 349 (2015) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0043-0617
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1443
dc.description Volume 90, Number 1, March 2015 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: Pollution poses an ongoing threat to the health and welfare of the citizens of Washington State. Air pollution costs Washington approximately $190 million per year, ocean acidification is contributing to oyster die-offs, and approximately 677,000 acres of land are affected by area-wide soil contamination. Although Washington has aspirational environmental legislation and a narrowly defined duty under article XVII of the Washington State Constitution to protect navigable waters, their shores and tidelands, the State needs to do more if its citizens—present and future—are going to enjoy a healthy environment. Amending the Washington State Constitution to include an extended public trust doctrine that provides broad environmental protection and incorporates an affirmative right to a healthy environment will add a layer of environmental protection and provide the impetus for politically difficult environmental action. Amending the State Constitution to include a positive right to a healthy environment would not be a radical departure from current policy, and is necessary to safeguard the environment for present and future generations. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Washington Law Review, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Notes & Comments en_US
dc.title [90WashLRev0349] Forever Evergreen: Amending the Washington State Constitution for a Healthy Environment en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2015 by Washington Law Review Association. en_US

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