Based in Seattle, Alex Brown covers environmental issues for Stateline. Prior to joining Stateline, Brown wrote for The Chronicle in Lewis County, Washington state.
Federal money could supercharge state efforts to preserve nuclear power
By: Alex Brown - February 12, 2024
As states seek to transition to carbon-free electricity, some leaders acknowledge their climate change goals may be out of reach if they can’t keep their nuclear plants online.
Despite setbacks, states are still counting on offshore wind
By: Alex Brown - November 21, 2023
Amid some bad news about offshore wind, some states are holding fast to mandates that offshore wind make up a substantial portion of their future power supply.
Sewer rates soar as private companies buy up local water systems
By: Alex Brown - November 7, 2023
Researchers say private ownership was the most significant variable in driving up utility bills — even more than aging infrastructure, water supply and local regulations.
$1B will bring more city trees. But it’ll take more than seedlings to grow urban forests.
By: Alex Brown - October 5, 2023
The U.S. Forest Service last month announced $1 billion in grant awards to grow and protect urban tree cover in 385 cities and other entities.
It may have just gotten harder to protect minority communities from pollution
By: Alex Brown - August 29, 2023
In recent years, some states have invested in air quality monitoring, applied extra scrutiny to permitting decisions and steered cleanup funding to minority communities that have borne the brunt of pollution for decades. Now, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down race-conscious college admissions policies, state lawmakers are facing a […]