Any person has the right to an adjudicative proceeding to contest the department's final threshold determination that an EIS is or is not necessary and/or the sufficiency of the final EIS. The proceeding is governed by the Administrative Procedure Act (chapter 34.05
RCW), the rules in this chapter, and by chapter 246-08
WAC. If any provision in this chapter conflicts with chapter 246-08
WAC, the provision in this chapter governs.
(1) A person contesting a department's decision shall within twenty-eight days of the department's official notice of issuance of a final threshold determination or final EIS:
(a) File a written application for an adjudicative proceeding by a method showing proof of receipt by the department of health; and
(b) Include in or with the application:
(i) A specific statement of the issue or issues and law involved; and
(ii) The grounds for contesting the department decision.
(2) The initial order should be made within sixty days of the department's receipt of the application. When a party files a petition for administrative review, the review order should be made within sixty days of the department's receipt of the petition. The time to enter an order is extended by as many days as the proceeding is continued on motion by any party.
(3)(a) If the adjudicative order is that an EIS should be filed, the presiding officer or reviewing officer shall remand the matter to the department of health to file an EIS.
(b) If the adjudicative order is that the final EIS is not sufficient, the presiding officer or reviewing officer shall remand the matter to the department of health to correct the insufficiency.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040
. WSR 91-02-050 (Order 122), § 246-03-080, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91.]