Bill modifying stormwater rules clears Senate

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Senate has passed a bill that opponents say would weaken state rules aimed at curbing toxic pollution in state waters.

Some Senate Democrats tried to remove or blunt the impact of a provision in Senate Bill 6406 dealing with stormwater pollution, but failed Monday to pass several amendments.

Substitute Senate Bill 6406 now goes to the House for consideration.

One provision would delay stormwater rules for a year for cities and counties in eastern Washington. Another gives the Legislature the final say in stormwater rules currently being drafted for western Washington cities and counties.

Opponents say it would result in more delays and environmental harm.

Department of Ecology's Don Seeberger says the measure could potentially create liabilities for the state in complying with the federal Clean Water Act.