FINAL BILL REPORT
C 228 L 92
SYNOPSIS AS ENACTED
Brief Description: Modifying sublease and rent requirements concerning the ninety‑nine‑year lease of Hanford reservation land.
SPONSORS: Senate Committee on Energy & Utilities (originally sponsored by Senators Thorsness and Jesernig)
SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & UTILITIES
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & UTILITIES
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
In 1964 the federal government and the state of Washington entered into a 99-year lease of 1000 acres of land located on the Hanford reservation. The land is owned by the federal government and is leased to the state for the purpose of sub-leasing the land to nuclear-related industries.
Only one portion of the 1000 acres has been subleased since 1964. This sublease is for 100 acres and is used as a commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.
The lease stipulates that any rent money paid to the state is to be used to further promote the site. After it had been determined that these funds (recently $6,000 per year) had not been used for site promotion, in 1990 the Legislature enacted a measure to promote the site. This measure directed the Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED) to promote the site and included a $40,000 appropriation. DTED executed a contract with the local associate development organization for the site promotion.
The $40,000 appropriation was not spent by the end of the 1989-91 biennium and subsequently reverted to the state general fund.
Recently there has been renewed interest in use of the 1000 acre site. If further development of the site occurs, the potential exists for the annual rent to reach significant levels. Without a change in the original lease, the terms of the lease would still require that this rent money be spent on site promotion.
When promoting the 1000 acres at Hanford, the Department of Trade and Economic Development is directed to work in cooperation with any associate development organization located in or near the Tri-Cities area.
The Hanford sublease rent account is created in the state treasury. Monies in the account may be spent only after appropriation and for the purpose of promoting the existence of the site, promoting the development of the land and nuclear-related industry in the Tri-Cities area, and to execute any new sublease agreements that meet the terms of the lease. Sources for the account shall include any rent payments from subleases of the land and any other funding from local, state, or federal agencies. Any existing agreements or contracts pertaining to sublease rental disbursements are not affected by this measure. The account expires June 30, 1999.
VOTES ON FINAL PASSAGE:
Senate 43 0
House 96 0 (House amended)
Senate (Senate refused to concur)
House (House refused to recede)
Senate 47 0 (Senate concurred)
EFFECTIVE: June 11, 1992