WSR 02-10-034

DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY


[ Filed April 24, 2002, 2:10 p.m. ]


Ecology to Issue Noxious Weed General Permit May 15, 2002


On May 15, 2002, ecology will issue a general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to cover aquatic pesticide applications made to control noxious weeds throughout the state. Ecology issued a draft general permit for public review on February 3, 2002, through a notice to the state register and a direct mailing to over four hundred recipients including potential permittees, agencies with jurisdiction or interest in aquatic pest control, tribes, environmental groups and other interested parties. Ecology held public workshops followed by hearings for the permit on March 11 at ecology's central regional in Yakima, on March 14 at the ecology headquarters building in Lacey and on March 25 at the Spokane Shadle Library. The public comment period ended on March 25 for the draft permit. Copies of the final permits and fact sheets will include a response to the comments received during the public comment period. Copies of the final permit are available on ecology's webpages http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/herbicides/npdes_develp.html or by contacting Kathleen Emmett, Aquatic Pest Control Permit Lead, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, e-mail kemm461@ecy.wa.gov.

Questions or requests for more information can be directed to Kathleen at the above addresses or call her at (360) 407-6478.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office