September 27, 2011
Work on Updating of the MTCA Cleanup Regulation is on Hold
The Toxics Cleanup Program stopped work on updating the MTCA rule following
Executive Order 10-06 directing agencies to suspend for one year
non-critical rulemaking. The Toxics Cleanup Program has decided to post the
work on the rule to date. This working draft reflects advisory group and
staff work over the past couple of years; it is not complete and is still a
work in progress. We are posting this information so
that persons who contributed to the efforts and others who are interested
can see that status. Ecology will not resume work on this until the
rulemaking suspension ends. This is a working draft; it
does not represent
final proposed rule language.
The formatting used in this draft identifies and, for the
most part, briefly explains the changes.
Most changes are identified with overstrike/underscore. However, there is a
significant amount of reformatting that has been done that is not completely
reflected by overstrike/underlining. To maintain the flow of the text
and improve readability, in these cases the changes are instead identified
using colored text, footnotes, or both; for example, when text has been moved but not changed, or when
current text for an entire subsection or section has been completely
replaced with new language.
All changes are identified, through highlighting, colored text, footnotes,
In addition, there is an outline and overview of the changes at the
beginning of each document. Considerable explanatory text is also contained
This Draft is Incomplete
Note that this is a preliminary and incomplete working draft. For several
sections, technical evaluations are incomplete and currently are on hold.
Ecology will resume evaluations when work on the rule is allowed to
continue. Analyses required by the Administrative Procedures Act such as an
environmental review and cost-benefit analysis have not been completed.
Some sections do not yet reflect input from advisory group members; Ecology
will resume evaluating and incorporating input when work is allowed to
Ecology is posting this draft to enable interested persons to review and
consider the preliminary rule language. Although we welcome all input and
feedback, because of E.O. 10-06 Ecology will not be evaluating or responding
to comments until work on this rule is allowed to proceed.
Send communications regarding this draft to:
put: “MTCA Rule Draft Comments” in the subject line. If you have specific
questions please contact Martha Hankins at
Pete Kmet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEND US YOUR COMMENTS
Send MTCA and SMS comments to RuleUpdate@ecy.wa.gov
or call Martha Hankins at 360.407.6864
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