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Building a Better Process: Improving Washington State’s “Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council” Review Procedures to Better Encourage Public Participation

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dc.contributor.author Porter, Gregory L.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-28T14:51:07Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-28T14:51:07Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06
dc.identifier.citation 7 Wash. J. Env. Law & Pol'y 90 (2017) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2160-4169
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1700
dc.description Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Volume 7, issue 1, June 2017 en_US
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT: Washington State's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) is responsible for siting the state's energy facilities. The current process can frustrate robust public participation. One reason is that applicants must submit a single, comprehensive, application and these submissions have grown to enormous size and complexity. Local groups struggle with responding to these complex applications in time. Additionally, the council uses quasi-judicial adjudication where the applicant is represented by professional counsel, but local groups may lack the financial support to retain comparable counsel. Washington should learn from how New York overhauled its energy facility siting process in 2011. New York's Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (BEGSE) uses a pre-application that identifies key issues and initiates dialogue between the affected parties. Each application then receives a neutral facilitator who mediates disputes between parties during the process. Subsequently, BEGSE provides funds to interested local groups, ensuring they can fully participate in the adjudication. By adopting these procedures for the EFSEC, Washington would improve local and public participation. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle, WA: University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.title Building a Better Process: Improving Washington State’s “Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council” Review Procedures to Better Encourage Public Participation en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2017 by Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. en_US


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