The state’s model toxics control act is funded by a tax paid mostly by oil refineries.
But Ericksen says most of those funds in recent years have been going to purposes other than cleaning toxic sites.
He says over 1,900 toxic sites in our state are currently awaiting clean-up, including the former Georgia Pacific Site on Bellingham's waterfront.
The Republican from Ferndale says the bill would increase the number of toxic sites that get cleaned.
Ericksen says it would also promote private sector job creation by focusing on renewing lands with best commercial potential.