Right at the end of the last legislative session, the State Legislature passed Substitute Senate Bill 5296, amending Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act, RCW Chapter 70.105D. These amendments are the first significant amendments to MTCA in a while, and hopefully will encourage redevelopment of brownfields in Washington State.

Here are what I’d consider the

Erik Smith over at the Washington State Wire just published a great piece on how the fish consumption issue is hanging up budget negotiations in Olympia. This piece, along with Robert McClure’s piece of investigative journalism from a couple months back frame nicely the political component of the fish consumption issue. The current sticking

Most people familiar with state cleanup laws or the federal counterpart, CERCLA, are familiar with four general classes of liable parties:

1) Owners or operators of contaminated facilities;

2) Past owners or operators of facilities at the time of release or disposal of hazardous substances;

3) Parties that arranged for disposal of hazardous substances at