In cleaning up toxic sites, Sen. Kevin Ranker says months and in some cases years go by before toxic leavings are removed and the sites returned to sound working order. Senate Bill 6211 is designed to speed up that process..
Sen. Ranker: "This is an excellent bill that takes a look at how to advance and expedite the very important clean-up of toxic sites in communities throughout Washington state. Making our communities healthier and creating hundreds of jobs."
Reforms in Department of Ecology policy on site clean-up, will allow the sites to be cleaned and become Brownfields, the term describing abandoned or underused industrial and commercial sites which are available for reuse and investment by private groups. In doing so, Ranker says the once toxic sites can quickly become clean and environmentally friendly economic drivers for communities around the state.