Cleanup Rule exploratory rulemaking

We've launched an exploratory process to update Washington's Cleanup Rule. The Cleanup Rule is based on the state's environmental cleanup law, the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). The rule hasn't been fully updated since 2001. 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. Watch the April 3 statewide scoping webinar and view slides from the presentation.
  2. Learn how we're approaching the process in the February 2018 update (notice #1).
  3. Subscribe to Cleanup Rulemaking email updates.
  4. Check our public events listing for upcoming public listening sessions and opportunities to comment.

What happened at the April 3rd scoping session?

On April 3, 2018, we hosted a statewide webinar online and in Lacey, Union Gap, Spokane, and Bellevue (see our March 2018 invitation for details). During the event, we gathered ideas on which topics we should consider as we began the official rulemaking process. Didn't get a chance to participate? You can watch the webinar and download slides from the presentation. You'll also have opportunities to comment on specific rule changes as the formal rulemaking process moves forward.

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 input during upcoming formal rulemakings 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.

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