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Paying for cleanups

Environmental cleanups can be costly but are always worth the effort. They protect and restore natural resources, remove blight, invigorate communities, and make way for new economic opportunities.

We offer matching grants and loans to help local governments revitalize polluted sites and return them to beneficial uses. These grants also lessen the trickle-down costs of cleanup to taxpayers and ratepayers and help provide safe drinking water to people living in contaminated areas.

Remedial action grants and loans help local governments revitalize and protect communities

We work with local governments every even-numbered year to understand their 10-year cleanup needs. This helps us estimate the 10-year cost of critical cleanup work in Washington. The responses inform our biennial budget request to the Governor and Legislature.

Our grant managers coordinate applications for grants and loans that receive funding every two years in the biennial budget, which runs from July to June. The current fiscal biennium is July 2017 through June 2019.

Integrated planning grants

These grants help local governments assess contamination issues and develop plans for reusing property after it’s cleaned up.

Oversight remedial action grants and loans

These grants and loans help local governments investigate and clean up polluted properties with our supervision or that of the the U.S Environmental Protection Agency under a legal order or decree.

Independent remedial action grants

These grants and loans help local governments investigate and cleanup polluted properties under our Voluntary Cleanup Program, which allows you to independently clean up a contaminated site with fee-based assistance from us.

Area-wide groundwater investigation grants

These grants help local governments investigate potential groundwater contamination that may be widespread.

Safe drinking water action grants

These grants help local governments provide safe drinking water to people living in areas affected by environmental contamination.