Washington Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant issued the following statement on a state Supreme Court ruling upholding a voter-approved funding source for environmental protection and cleanups in Washington state.
Sturdevant said: “We are pleased that the Supreme Court has upheld a law that Washington voters passed more than two decades ago to make sure that we and future generations have a permanent funding source to clean up and prevent toxic pollution.
“The Hazardous Substance Tax is the key to the success of the voter-approved Model Toxics Control Act. For more than 20 years, this tax has been doing exactly what the voters of our state intended – cleaned up old toxic messes and prevented many new ones in our air and water and land. This is good for families, communities and businesses.”
Yesterday’s ruling by the Supreme Court upholds an earlier decision by King County Superior Court finding that the voter-approved tax is constitutional.
In 1988, Washington voters passed Initiative 97, the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), which authorized funding for a broad range of state and local toxic cleanup, management and prevention purposes and anticipated the need to respond to new threats from toxic materials.
Press Release, October 5, 2012