Since we so often post about what we are reading, I thought it would be interesting to post what you are reading, based on direct page views for the 2014 calendar year. So, here it is, the top ten most read posts from 2014:

10. Governor Inslee Issues His Policy Brief on Updating Washington’s Water Quality Standards. This issue was one of the top issues of 2014 and will be for 2015 as well.

9. Governor Inslee Signs Executive Order 14-04, Washington’s Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action Plan. Another announcement that will drive environmental law and policy in Washington in 2015 and beyond.

8. What an Astronaut Can Teach Us about Risk Communication: Chris Hadfield’s TED Talk and Lessons for Assessing Environmental Risk. This was one of those posts that was just downright fun to compose–and worth reviewing if you missed it.

7. EPA’s Initiation of a Clean Water Act Section 404(c) Review for the Mining of the Pebble Deposit: What is the History of EPA’s Other 404(c) Determinations? Another post that was really fun to research because of the striking trends in past 404(c) determinations and subsequent litigation.

6.  Breaking: EPA Issues its Record of Decision for the Duwamish River Superfund Site. Only up for about a month now, but getting a ton of traffic–clearly people are interested in the Duwamish cleanup.

5.  Elwha Dam Removal Update, February 2014: What Remains of the Dams? The answer to this question now? The dams are gone–although the changes are just beginning. The Peninsula Daily News has done a great job covering this removal, it is worth checking out the recent article on massive amounts of sediment that moved during a series of storms in December.

4. Particulate Emissions from Trains in Washington: A Cause for Concern? Another fun post to research and compose, especially because it really was a group effort between myself, Diane Meyers, and Steve Goodman.

3. EPA’s Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule: Implications for Washington State?  Worth reviewing because it provides an example of how the Clean Power Plan is so state-specific.

2. First Reaction to EPA’s Just-Released Draft of the Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act.  Another fun post to compose because this rule is the culmination of a fair number of judicial decisions and regulatory determinations, and on a national level, this draft rule has already generated and will continue to generate a fair amount of controversy.

And, despite being just over a month old, the top post for 2014 (beating out the runner up by 19 page views): is . . .

Mike Fandel and Vanessa Wheeler’s excellent post (and research) on the ability of Governor Inslee to establish a Low Carbon Fuel Standard via executive order. This one really took the internet by storm, and continues to see a fair amount of traffic.

Some of my personal favorites from the past year include Elaine Spencer’s thoughtful commentary on carbon policy, the guest posts by Integral on fish consumption issues (August 6, 2014, June 26, 2014, February 18, 2014), and Maul Foster’s Remedial Action Grant Post. It was a fun year at SLE–one that saw us add authors, build new relationships, expand content, while, at the same time, staying true to our science, law, and policy (and somewhat geeky) roots.

2015 will be just as fun. As you may know, Graham & Dunn combined with Miller Nash effective January 1, 2015. So, you’ll see a redesign of this page in the near future–and, more importantly, some new contributing authors, as Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s combined Environmental & Natural Resources practice group is a group of really terrific people and lawyers, with 18 lawyers spread between four offices covering the entire West Coast.

If there is something you’d like to see us look at or report on, please feel free to drop me a line.

 

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Doug focuses his practice on environmental law and litigation, representing landowners, real estate developers, construction companies, industrial facilities and other businesses on issues related to hazardous waste, contaminated land and regulatory compliance. Doug leverages his scientific background in his legal practice and in…

Doug focuses his practice on environmental law and litigation, representing landowners, real estate developers, construction companies, industrial facilities and other businesses on issues related to hazardous waste, contaminated land and regulatory compliance. Doug leverages his scientific background in his legal practice and in the representation of his clients, bringing his knowledge to bear on remediation of contaminated lands and sediments. His land use practice also benefits from his technical background, enabling him to help businesses navigate the complex land use permitting process associated with permitting projects in or near sensitive aquatic environments.