On July 27, the Whatcom County Council became the first local government in the U.S. to amend its land-use law to prohibit new refineries, fossil fuel shipment facilities, coal plants, piers, and wharfs. It also requires a more rigorous environmental review and permitting processes for the expansion of current facilities.
This victory sets a national precedent for communities to restrict fossil fuel development at a time when state and national policies are failing.[…]
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