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Toxics Cleanup Program

MTCA Science Panel and Science Advisory Board History

The Model Toxics Control Act Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established  by Chapter 70.105D RCW. The Board provided advice to Ecology on hazardous substances and cleanup related scientific issues from 1988 through 2009.  The legal mandate for Ecology to maintain a Science Advisory Board was removed from law during the 2009 Legislative session (Senate Bill 5995). 
Consistent with the intent of that legislation, Ecology will continue to seek scientific input and advice on a wide range of technical issues related to the cleanup of contaminated sites.  One method Ecology will solicit this input is through a “Science Panel”, appointed by the Director of the Department of Ecology.  Panel members are invited by the Toxics Cleanup Program to meet up to 2 to 4 times per year to provide advice on scientific issues related to site cleanup posed by the Program. These meetings are open to the public attendance.  See the public meeting page for meeting dates and agendas.