SECOND SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5993



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State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1990 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Energy & Utilities (originally sponsored by Senators Benitz, Stratton, Newhouse and Hayner)



Read first time 2/2/90.



AN ACT Relating to trade and economic development; adding new sections to chapter 43.31 RCW; creating a new section; and making an appropriation.




          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.     The legislature finds that the one thousand acres of land leased from the federal government to the state of Washington on the Hanford reservation constitutes an unmatched resource for development of high-technology industry, nuclear medicine research, and research into new waste immobilization and reduction techniques.  The legislature further finds that continued diversification of the Tri-Cities economy will help stabilize and improve the Tri-Cities economy, and that this effort can be aided by emphasizing the resources of local expertise and nearby facilities.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 43.31 RCW to read as follows:

          In an effort to enhance the economy of the Tri-Cities area, the department of trade and economic development is directed to promote the existence of the lease between the state of Washington and the federal government executed September 10, 1964, covering one thousand acres of land lying within the Hanford reservation near Richland, Washington, and the opportunity of subleasing the land to entities for nuclear-related industry, in agreement with the terms of the lease.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  A new section is added to chapter 43.31 RCW to read as follows:

          When the department implements programs intended to attract or maintain industrial or high-technology investments in the state, the department shall, to the extent possible, emphasize the following:

          (1) The highly skilled and trained work force in the Tri-Cities area;

          (2) The world-class research facilities in the area, including the fast flux test facility and the Pacific Northwest laboratories;

          (3) The existence of the one thousand acres leased by the state from the federal government for the purpose of nuclear-related industries; and

          (4) The ability for high-technology and medical industries to safely dispose of low-level radioactive waste at the Hanford commercial low-level waste disposal facility.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.     The sum of forty thousand dollars, or as much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated for the biennium ending June 30, 1991, from the general fund to the department of trade and economic development for the purposes of this act.

                                                                                                                        Passed the Senate February 9, 1990.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.


                                                                                                                           Passed the House March 1, 1990.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.