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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). 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. Join our April 3rd webinar. Details in the March 2018 invitation (notice #2).
  2. Learn how we're approaching the process in the February 2018 update (notice #1).
  3. Watch our public events listing for upcoming public listening sessions.
  4. Subscribe to Cleanup Rulemaking email updates.
  5. Use our rulemaking comment app to provide input on the exploratory process or specific parts of the rule. We'll catalog your comments and consider them at the most appropriate time during future rulemakings.

What's happening at the April 3rd webinar?

We're gathering your ideas on which topics we should consider as we begin the official rulemaking process. Join us online or in-person Tuesday, April 3rd, 1pm–3:30 pm. If you can't attend, or want to provide more input than a notecard or chat window would allow, use the rulemaking comment app to provide feedback now through Sunday, April 15, 2018. You'll also have opportunities on specific rule changes later, during formal rulemaking.

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.

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