Washington farmers fume over fuel surcharge

Washington farmers are legally exempt from the fee but many are still being charged.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Washington farmers are frustrated over a fuel surcharge they say they shouldn’t be paying.

In 2021, lawmakers passed the Climate Commitment Act, which is designed to drastically cut greenhouse emissions through a carbon capturing plan. One key reason the Climate Commitment Act was made into law was that it exempts farms from a fuel surcharge.

But they’re now paying it for the foreseeable future.

Every time Jason Vander Kooy tops off one of his tractors he sees his family farm tanking.


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