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Bar Bulletin

The Toothless Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

By Larry G. Johnson

You may include yourself among Washingtonians who pride themselves on how enthusiastically we protect our environment by promoting conservation and forward-looking technologies, often demanded by robust citizen activism.

So, it may come as a shock to you, as it did to me, just how backward and impotent the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) is when it comes to its authority to pre-approve the construction of any new, major infrastructure project by a private power utility.

It has no such pre-approval authority. None at all. I will explain, but first .…

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I discovered just how powerless the WUTC is while working pro...

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