Legislative reports for MTCA and Cleanup Settlement accounts

We publish three recurring legislative reports that describe how we're using – or are planning to use – funds from the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) and Cleanup Settlement (CSA) accounts. We also publish one-time legislative reports outlining additional work funded by MTCA accounts, such as model remedies and affordable housing.

There are roughly 14,000 known or suspected cleanup sites in Washington. About half are cleaned up or require no further action, but roughly 200 to 300 new sites are discovered each year. These legislative reports describe the:

  • Critical role MTCA cleanups play in the state's economy.
  • Positive impacts cleanups have for Washington residents and the environment.
  • Current state of contaminated site cleanups across the state.
  • Funding used for this critical work.

Updating you on how we spend cleanup dollars

The Toxics Cleanup Program is one of many state programs and agencies that receive funds from the Model Toxics Control Accounts. We use these dollars to clean up contaminated sites that can threaten the health of residents and the environment. Cleanups remove toxic waste and put abandoned properties back into use. Our legislative reports update you on this work.

  • Recurring Biennial, Ten-Year Financing, and Cleanup Settlement Account reports describe how we're using (and plan to use) funds from the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) and Cleanup Settlement accounts.
  • One-time legislative reports update you on specific projects, such as model remedies and affordable housing.

Why are these reports important?

We've identified more than 13,300 cleanup sites in Washington. Roughly half the sites are already cleaned up or need no further action, but the list keeps growing with about 200 to 300 new site discoveries each year. These reports describe MTCA's critical role that reduces toxic threats and helps communities thrive.

MTCA biennial report

These reports describe how we spent MTCA funds over the previous two years. They also include the Hazardous Sites List, a compilation of about 2,000 ranked sites whose cleanup actions have yet to be completed. We produce these in December of each odd-numbered year. Biennial reports replaced annual reports beginning in 2013, so the first biennial report covers the period from 2011–2013.

MTCA ten-year financing report

We coordinate with local governments to produce this report in September of every even-numbered year. These reports estimate cleanup financing needs for the next ten years.They also identify the projects and grant programs that we include in our biennial budget request to the Governor.

Cleanup Settlement Account report

Produced each year in October, this report describes how we’re using money from legal settlements and court orders for specific sites and restorations. Such projects include Asarco bankruptcy settlement projects including mine cleanups, Everett Smelter, and Tacoma Smelter plume.

Healthy housing remediation: 2018 results and recommendations

Produced in October 2018, Healthy Housing Remediation was a one-time report. We delivered the initial results of our work with the Department of Commerce to develop a program that helps investigate and clean up contaminated sites for development of affordable housing.

Status of developing model remedies: 2016 report

Produced in December 2016, the one-time report Status of Developing Model Remedies summarizes the progress we made to establish standard cleanup methods under MTCA.