Press Release

Friday, July 31

AWB Statement on Governor's Choice to Sideline Collaborative State Water Quality Rule

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s largest business organization representing small, medium and large employers, issued the following statement from AWB Vice President of Government Affairs Gary Chandler regarding the Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement that he has directed the state Department of Ecology to sideline a statewide water quality rule crafted in good faith alongside business and other interest groups over the past year:

"We appreciate the collaborative work of the governor, state Department of Ecology and the many interested parties, including municipalities and labor groups, to craft the water quality rule that meets the state’s environmental goals without putting employers at risk. However, the announcement today that he will set aside all the hours of hard work on our collaborative water quality solution is disappointing.

"Unfortunately, employers and the jobs their employees rely on are put at risk because of the governor’s inaction on the statewide solution. We encourage the governor to rethink this decision and move forward with the proposed rule that even his staff says is scientifically and legally defensible.

"Additionally, AWB was at the table all session working in a bipartisan manner to pass the toxics legislation the governor mentioned in his statement today. We would welcome the opportunity to continue to work alongside him and others to craft workable solutions that address toxics that threaten our water quality."

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 7,900 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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