WSR 99-12-095


[ Filed June 1, 1999, 4:23 p.m. ]

Governor Locke's Regulatory Improvement Executive Order 97-02 mandates each state agency to review rules that have a significant effect on business, labor, consumers, and the environment and to provide a means of public participation in the review process.

To comply with Executive Order 97-02, the Department of Ecology gives notice of the opportunity to comment1 on the following rule(s): Chapter 173-216 WAC, State waste discharge permit program, chapter 173-218 WAC, Under ground injection control program, chapter 173-220 WAC, National pollutant discharge elimination system permit program, and chapter 173-270 WAC, Puget Sound highway runoff program.

All comments must be received, in writing, by 5:00 p.m., July 16, 1999. Comments should be addressed to Jerry Thielen, Agency Rules Coordinator, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, fax (360) 407-6989, e-mail

Comments should specifically address the following elements of the rule:


Is this rule necessary to comply with statutes that authorize it?
Is this rule obsolete, duplicative, or ambiguous to degree that warrants repeal or revision?
Have laws or circumstances changed so that the rule should be amended or repealed?
Is the rule necessary to protect or safeguard the health, welfare, or safety of Washington's citizens?

Is this rule providing results that it was originally designed to achieve in a reasonable manner?
Are there regulatory alternative or new technologies that could more effectively or efficiently achieve the same objectives?

Is this rule written and organized in a clear and concise manner so that it can be readily understood by those to whom it applies?

Is this rule consistent with the legislative intent of the statutes that authorize it?
Is this rule based upon sufficient statutory authority?
Is there a need to develop a more specific legislative authorization in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Washington's citizens?

Could additional consultation and coordination with other governmental jurisdictions and state agencies with similar regulatory authority eliminate or reduce duplication and inconsistency?

Have qualitative and quantitative benefits of the rule been considered to [in] relation to its costs?

Does this rule result in equitable treatment of those required to comply with it?
Should it be modified to eliminate or minimize any disproportionate impacts on the regulated community?
Should it be strengthened to provide additional protection?

1 Comments received are for the purpose of this rule review and will not be considered a petition under RCW 34.05.330.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office