Inslee signs environmental cleanup bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a measure to change the state's environmental cleanup laws.

Inslee signed the bill Friday morning shortly after the House approved the measure on a 67-18 vote late Thursday night. The House vote came just moments after it passed the Senate on a 36-13 vote. The change seeks to ensure that money collected for environmental cleanup as part of the Model Toxics Control Act would go to such projects.

Under the measure, high priority would be given to projects that have a finalized cleanup action plan, and an emphasis would be put on renewing contaminated commercial and industrial land and stormwater projects.

The measure also requires the Department of Ecology to provide budget estimates for multiyear cleanup projects that cost more than $10 million.

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