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Issue Position: The Environment

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Sam knows having clean air, water, and removing toxics from our environment is essential. Sam's a strong advocate for protecting Puget Sound. That's why he sponsored the law that targets and will clean up old and failing septic systems along the sound.

He is also the sponsor of the the state's mercury reduction law which is taking thousands of pounds of dangerous mercury out of products sold in our state and providing for proper disposal of mercury containing products. Sam will continue this effort by working to provide incentives to increase recycling of florescent lamps containing mercury.

Maintaining the views of the capitol and Puget Sound as envisioned by Wilder and White, the designers of the Capitol Campus helps preserve our environment. That is why Sam opposes construction of any buildings on the istmus that would block this majestic view. Further, he strongly supports removing the "mistake by the lake," the Capitol Center Building.

It is an honor to be named a Washington Environmental Champion for the second consecutive year by the Washington Conservation Voters. As part of his commitment to the environment, Sam proudly serves on the board of directors of the Washington chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

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