Adapting cleanup processes for climate impacts

Climate change and contamination cleanup

Air & Climate

Washington has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in restoring contaminated sites and cleaning up industrial waste along our shorelines. That environmental progress is threatened by rising sea levels, flooding and other impacts of climate change.

Looking out from marine shoreline into a channel that was cleanup site.

Our Toxics Cleanup Program manages cleanup of contaminated sites to protect human health and the environment—now and into the future. Our ability to prepare for the impacts of climate change is critical. By improving the resilience of cleanup remedies to climate change impacts, we can help ensure that our efforts are effective in the long-term. By accounting for regionally specific climate change impacts like sea level rise, we can better protect the significant investment in the time, resources, and money that make cleanup happen.