PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The livestock nutrient management program.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 34.05.360 and ESSB 5889.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Adoption in the last legislative session of ESSB 5889 transferring the livestock nutrient management program from ecology to agriculture created a need to amend existing procedural rules governing appeals to the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) related to the program. Adoption of the rule amendments will provide direction to future appellants and avoid confusion in filing and potential loss of rights.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The State Department of Agriculture.
Process for Developing New Rule: The agency will rely on written and oral testimony provided during the comment period and open public hearing process.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Eric Z. Lucas, Rules Coordinator, Environmental Hearings Office, P.O. Box 40903, Lacey, WA 98504-0903, call (360) 459-6327, fax (360) 438-7699, or send e-mail to EricL@eho.wa.gov. The process will be informal prior to hearing.
October 1, 2003
Eric Z. Lucas