King County Council Update: Permit rescinded for proposed Covington battery plant

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King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

When a company sought to site a battery plant in Covington near Mattson Middle School, I was very concerned about the impacts to our community, and especially our young students. In the following months, I wrote a letter to the King County’s Department of Permitting and Environmental Review requesting their diligent attention to all of the reasons we oppose this facility. I also continued to work with the community and local elected officials, including Covington Mayor Jeff Wagner, to advocate against it.

I am pleased to provide a new update: after many months of community opposition, King County’s Department of Permitting and Environmental Review has rescinded the permit application for the battery plant, as it has exceeded its 60-day limit to provide the additional information that would be needed to further consider the permit application. This is wonderful news for the Covington community!

However, this does not mean they couldn’t re-apply for a new permit. The King County Council is currently considering legislation that would regulate future battery plants by imposing certain restrictions related to size, location, noise impacts, and safety. We will need continued community engagement to ensure that future the siting of these facilities help our communities, and do not create potentially dangerous outcomes. I will let you know when there are opportunities for you to engage on this issue at the Council. 

In the meantime, I am greatly encouraged to see that the permit for this battery plant will not move forward at this time, and extend my gratitude to the Covington City Council, Covington Mayor Jeff Wagner, and all concerned citizens who have pushed back against this facility.

All my best,

Councilmember Reagan Dunn Signature

Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember
District 9

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