In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo the Space Needle is seen in view of still standing but now defunct stacks at the Nucor Steel plant in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

State lawmakers passed significant legislation this session that takes concrete steps to address climate pollution and the concerns of communities that it has harmed the most in Washington.

KNKX environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp sat down with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to talk about the changes that will be taking place in our state.

Inslee signs ambitious environmental protection laws

May 17, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee signs the HEAL Act at the Duwamish Tribe's Longhouse and Cultural Center on Monday.
Office of Gov. Jay Inslee

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee signed a series of bills Monday designed to strengthen the environment in Washington state.

Bellamy Pailthorp / KNKX file

Environmental justice will be center stage Monday morning in Seattle’s Duwamish River Valley. That's where Gov. Jay Inslee is signing the so-called “HEAL Act.”


Environmental justice became part of federal law in 1990. Washington might soon catch up. A proposed state law would infuse the concept into the work of seven key agencies.  

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014, file photo, waves break on the remains of a structure as a house that toppled over the eroding Pacific Ocean shoreline of North Cove, Wash., shown in the background. This erosion may be climate-change-driven sea level rise.
Ted S. Warren / AP Photo / file

As state lawmakers gear up for the new legislative session, advocates for environmental justice are urging them to pass the HEAL Act of 2021. The acronym stands for “Healthy Environment for All.” It aims to target state investments into areas that have suffered the worst effects of pollution.