Governor’s toxic bill passes out of senate committee onto Ways and Means, Ecology authority removed

April 1st, 2015  |  Published in HB 1472

HB 1472 (Concerning use of chemical action plans to require safer chemicals in Washington) was passed out of the Energy, Environment & Telecommunications, but with an amendment that removes major Ecology’s role in the bill. The bill was passed along to the Senate Ways and Means committee.

The amendment takes away Ecology’s authority to enforce the new laws:

The department may adopt rules as necessary for the purpose of implementing, administering, and enforcing this chapter, except that rules adopted to implement section 5 of this act may not require a manufacturer to conduct an alternatives assessment without express authority from the legislature.

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