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Understanding Washington’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP)

Voluntary Cleanup Program In the State of Washington, the owner of contaminated property has the option to perform a cleanup independently and request technical assistance and opinions from Washington’s Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) regarding the sufficiency of the cleanup.  This process is called the Voluntary Cleanup Program (“VCP”).  As will be discussed below, it is important to note that the … Continue reading »

Possible Expansion of Responsible Parties Under the MTCA

Washington State’s Model Toxics Control Act Washington State’s Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”), the state’s counterpart to the federal Superfund law, also known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), provides that current and former property owners or operators of contaminated property are potentially liable persons for the release or disposal of hazardous substances. An “owner or … Continue reading »