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Environmental Affairs at a Glance

Environmental Affairs Mission Statement

Work proactively and cooperatively with all City Light workers and work units to provide a safe and healthful workplace, protect the natural environment, and ensure compliance with laws and regulations.


Environmental stewardship is one of Seattle City Light's core values and we work with all of City Light to achieve success on behalf of our environment. It is a key way that we provide service to our citizen owners.

The Environmental Affairs Division is composed of four teams:

  • Administration is responsible for overall function and office management of the Division including customer service, budgeting and contracting oversight, Goals, Actions, Results and Measures (GARMS) and accountability, personnel issues, policy issues and support services.

  • The Environmental Management and Compliance Team (EMC) manages several program areas to keep SCL in compliance with environmental regulations and to reduce environmental impacts from utility operations. The program areas comprise PCB and hazardous waste management, Superfund and historic contamination cleanup, water quality, spill control and containment, pollution prevention (hazardous materials use reduction and recycling), emergency spill response and training, environmental due diligence and project support (including permitting) and others. The team's goal is to enable SCL to meet the commitments of its Environmental Policy through management of these programs.

  • The Natural Resources and Environmental Planning (NREP) Team ensures that City Light operates in an environmentally sound manner by implementing its FERC ( license requirements and mitigation programs, obtaining necessary regulatory permits for capital improvement and maintenance projects. NREP is responsible for fisheries, wildlife, Native American, aesthetics, historic, archaeological, and public recreation issues associated with its generation and transmission facilities.

  • The Science Policy team provides a focal point within the Division for Endangered Species Act (ESA) response and climate change actions. Team members also work on research, habitat projects, and utility operations relating to the Skagit, Tolt, and Cedar River hydroelectric projects. They also support the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission, work on SCL’s Integrated Resource Plan, and participate in regional forums for restoring Puget Sound.

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