According to a new analysis by Seattle-based Sightline Institute, one of Washington State’s few fees designed to discourage toxic pollution is undermined because it gives bulk discounts to the biggest polluters.

The analysis recommended eliminating a cap on the Hazardous Waste Planning Fee so that all waste is taxed equally. This would clean Washington’s air and water far more effectively than the current fee and would also make the tax fair to the hundreds of small and mid-size firms who are already doing their part for a clean Washington by paying the regular fee.

Bulk Discounts for Polluters
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September 5, 2007