Legislature OKs environmental cleanup bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Legislature has passed a measure to overhaul the state’s environmental cleanup laws.

The House quickly approved the measure on a 67-18 vote late Thursday night, just moments after it passed the Senate on a 36-13 vote. The change seeks to ensure that money collected for environmental cleanup as part of the Model Toxics Control Act would go to such projects.

Under the measure, high priority would be given to projects that have a finalized cleanup action plan, and an emphasis would be put on renewing contaminated commercial and industrial land and stormwater projects.

The measure also requires the Department of Ecology to provide budget estimates for multiyear clean-up projects that cost more than $10 million.

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