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Washington State Environmental Policy Act


Researchers often find secondary sources useful to learn more about how the law has developed and been applied.


Law Review Articles

Several law review articles discuss aspects of SEPA, either on its own or in relation to other states’ environmental policy acts.

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  • Ross Taylor, Exporting Coal, Importing Pollution: Can the Consumption of Coal Be Ignored under NEPA and SEPA Analysis When Burned Overseas?, 4 Wash. J. Envt'l L. & Pol'y 212 (2014).
  • Kenneth S. Weiner, NEPA and State NEPAs: Learning from the Past, Foresight for the Future, 29 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10675 (2009).
  • Daniel P. Selmi, Themes in the Evolution of the State Environmental Policy Acts, 38 Urb. Law. 949 (2006). HeinOnline
  • Keith H. Hirokawa, The Prima Facie Burden and the Vanishing SEPA Threshold: Washington's Emerging Preference for Efficiency over Accuracy, 37 Gonz. L. Rev. 403 (2002). HeinOnline
  • Keith H. Hirokawa, The Gap Between Informational Goals and the Duty to Gather Information: Challenging Piecemealed Review Under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, 25 Seattle U.L. Rev. 343 (2001). HeinOnline
  • Lori Ann Terry, SEPA: A Proposed Standard for Judicial Review of Agency Decisions Not to Require Preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, 15 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. 957 (1992). HeinOnline
  • Roger Pearce, Death by SEPA: Substantive Denials under Washington's State Environmental Policy Act, 14 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. 143 (1990). HeinOnline
  • Peter J. Eglick & Henryk J. Hiller, The Myth of Mitigation under NEPA and SEPA, 20 Envt'l L. 773 (1990). HeinOnline
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Washington Environmental Policy Act, 60 Wash. L. Rev. 33 (1984).
  • Charles W. Lean & Charles B. Rowe, Jr., The State Environmental Policy Act of 1971 & Its 1973 Amendments, 49 Wash. L. Rev. 509 (1974).