WA Supreme Court | No Grandfathering Polluters

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It turns out that applying for a construction permit 10 years ago does not exempt you from current pollution standards.

Supporting the Pollution Control Hearing Board, and reversing a surprising ruling from the Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court has held that land developers do not have “vested rights” that preclude them from complying with current pollution control regulations. This ruling ends nearly a decade of struggle to resolve this issue — and we’re pleased to see the habitat (and common sense) winning out here.

Read more detail in the official ruling, or at the coverage over at Puget Sound Keeper.

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