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File #: 2019-0050    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/28/2019 In control: Metropolitan King County Council
On agenda: 3/13/2019 Final action: 1/28/2019
Enactment date: Enactment #: 18866
Title: AN ORDINANCE declaring a six-month moratorium prohibiting the establishment of new or expansion of existing major fossil fuel facilities; directing the executive to produce a detailed study to address the issues and circumstances necessitating the moratorium; and declaring an emergency.
Sponsors: Dave Upthegrove, Larry Gossett, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Joe McDermott
Indexes: Executive, Moratorium
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 18866.pdf, 2. 18866 2019-0050 amendment package.pdf, 3. PH notice 2019-0050 re moratorium.doc, 4. 18866 Affidadvit of Pub on MORATORIUM- Seattle Times 2-6-19
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Clerk 3-11-19
Title
AN ORDINANCE declaring a six-month moratorium prohibiting the establishment of new or expansion of existing major fossil fuel facilities; directing the executive to produce a detailed study to address the issues and circumstances necessitating the moratorium; and declaring an emergency.
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BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:
SECTION 1. Findings:
A. King County has the authority, under to constitutional police powers, home rule authority, the Shoreline Management Act of 1971, chapter 90.58 RCW, and the Washington state Growth Management Act, including chapter 36.70A RCW ("the GMA"), to establish a moratorium to preclude the acceptance of certain new development applications while the county studies related land use issues.
B. The scientific consensus is that warming of the earth's climate is occurring at an unprecedented rate due to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions driven by human activities and population growth according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report.
C. The state of Washington found significant environmental, economic, public safety and public health impacts resulting from climate change on this state, in both chapter 80.80 RCW and Executive Order No. 14-04.
D. The state of Washington and King County are threatened by impacts resulting from climate change, including warming temperatures, sea level rise on coastal communities, diminishing snowpack and water availability, ocean acidification and forest decline.
E. King County and thirty-nine cities adopted as part of the countywide planning policies shared countywide targets in 2014 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by fifty percent by 2030 and eighty percent by 2050 against a 2007 baseline.
F. The King County Council unanimously adopted the 2015 King County Strategic Climate Action Plan in November 2015 under Motion 14449, including goals, targets and priority actions to meet these shared emission reduct...

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