OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Ecology is touting a new program it claims will save small businesses money.
The catch is, the dollars in question come in the form of environmental regulations imposed by the DOE in the first place.
In this case, the agency is congratulating itself for “guiding businesses through the process of preventing pollution on their property” by hiring and training 37 “local source control specialists” statewide, according to a news release Tuesday.
Gov. Christine Gregoire and the 2007 Legislature earmarked about $2.3 million in the 2007-09 biennium to make sure small businesses had the help they needed to “do the right thing,” the release says.
That state funding has continued, augmented by federals funds.