57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the Senate February 15, 2002

  YEAS 47   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House March 8, 2002

  YEAS 96   NAYS 0



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6060 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives









Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.   





Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington






             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Fraser; by request of Department of Revenue)


READ FIRST TIME 02/04/2002.

Updating references for purposes of the hazardous substances tax.   

    AN ACT Relating to updating references for purposes of the hazardous substances tax for periods beginning July 1, 2002; amending RCW 82.21.020; and providing an effective date.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 82.21.020 and 1989 c 2 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:

    Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.

    (1) "Hazardous substance" means:

    (a) Any substance that, on March 1, ((1989)) 2002, is a hazardous substance under section 101(14) of the federal comprehensive environmental response, compensation, and liability act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 9601(14), as amended by Public Law 99-499 on October 17, 1986, except that hazardous substance does not include the following noncompound metals when in solid form in a particle larger than one hundred micrometers (0.004 inches) in diameter:  Antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, nickel, selenium, silver, thallium, or zinc;

    (b) Petroleum products;

    (c) Any pesticide product required to be registered under section 136a of the federal insecticide, fungicide and rodenticide act, 7 U.S.C. Sec. 136 et seq., as amended by Public Law 104-170 on August 3, 1996; and

    (d) Any other substance, category of substance, and any product or category of product determined by the director of ecology by rule to present a threat to human health or the environment if released into the environment.  The director of ecology shall not add or delete substances from this definition more often than twice during each calendar year.  For tax purposes, changes in this definition shall take effect on the first day of the next month that is at least thirty days after the effective date of the rule.  The word "product" or "products" as used in this paragraph (d) means an item or items containing both:  (i) One or more substances that are hazardous substances under (a), (b), or (c) of this subsection or that are substances or categories of substances determined under this paragraph (d) to present a threat to human health or the environment if released into the environment; and (ii) one or more substances that are not hazardous substances.

    (2) "Petroleum product" means plant condensate, lubricating oil, gasoline, aviation fuel, kerosene, diesel motor fuel, benzol, fuel oil, residual oil, liquefied or liquefiable gases such as butane, ethane, and propane, and every other product derived from the refining of crude oil, but the term does not include crude oil.

    (3) "Possession" means the control of a hazardous substance located within this state and includes both actual and constructive possession.  "Actual possession" occurs when the person with control has physical possession.  "Constructive possession" occurs when the person with control does not have physical possession.  "Control" means the power to sell or use a hazardous substance or to authorize the sale or use by another.

    (4) "Previously taxed hazardous substance" means a hazardous substance in respect to which a tax has been paid under this chapter and which has not been remanufactured or reprocessed in any manner (other than mere repackaging or recycling for beneficial reuse) since the tax was paid.

    (5) "Wholesale value" means fair market wholesale value, determined as nearly as possible according to the wholesale selling price at the place of use of similar substances of like quality and character, in accordance with rules of the department.

    (6) Except for terms defined in this section, the definitions in chapters 82.04, 82.08, and 82.12 RCW apply to this chapter.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  This act takes effect July 1, 2002.


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