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Cleanup Rule exploratory rulemaking

We've launched an exploratory process to update Washington's Cleanup Rule and we want to know what you think. The Cleanup Rule is based on the state's environmental cleanup law, the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). Both the law and rule help us remove contamination that can pose risks to your health and the environment.

What is an "exploratory rulemaking process?"

It's a new approach to updating the Cleanup Rule. Instead of updating it all at once, we're planning a series of rulemakings over a multi-year period, each one focused on a few selected topics. This approach will help speed adoption of the changes that are most urgent for people who use the rule.

How can I participate? 

  1. Read the February 2018 notice to learn how we're approaching the process.  
  2. Watch our Public Input and Events Listing for upcoming public listening sessions. 
  3. Subscribe to the Cleanup Rulemaking Listserv.
  4. Comment on the exploratory process or specific parts of the rule through eComments. We'll catalog your comments and consider them at the most appropriate time during future rulemakings. 

How long will it take to update the Cleanup Rule?

The Cleanup Rule is complex and it may take several rulemakings over the next five to 10 years to update. Your comments will help us plan this work over the coming years. Please note that we may need to change the planned rulemaking and review schedule, based on public input or circumstances beyond our control. 

Where can I learn more about MTCA?

Visit our MTCA page to learn how the cleanup law is working to protect your health and environment.