WSR 05-06-051

PERMANENT RULES

UTILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION

COMMISSION

[ Docket No. A-021178 and TO-030288, General Order No. R-518 -- Filed February 28, 2005, 2:55 p.m. , effective March 31, 2005 ]

In the matter of amending, adopting and repealing certain sections of chapters 480-90, 480-100, 480-110, and 480-120 WAC; amending and adopting certain sections of chapters 480-70 and 480-92 WAC; adopting chapter 480-73 WAC; amending WAC 480-121-063, and repealing WAC 480-146-350 and 480-146-360; relating to reporting of transactions between regulated utility and transportation companies and their subsidiaries.

1 STATUTORY OR OTHER AUTHORITY: The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission takes this action under Notice No. WSR 05-01-224, filed with the code reviser on December 22, 2004. The commission brings this proceeding pursuant to RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, 81.04.160, and 34.05.353.

2 STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE: This proceeding complies with the Open Public Meetings Act (chapter 42.30 RCW), the Administrative Procedure Act (chapter 34.05 RCW), the State Register Act (chapter 34.08 RCW), the State Environmental Policy Act of 1971 (chapter 43.21C RCW), and the Regulatory Fairness Act (chapter 19.85 RCW).

3 DATE OF ADOPTION: The commission adopts this rule on the date that this order is entered.

4 CONCISE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE RULE: RCW 34.05.325 requires that the commission prepare and provide to commenters a concise explanatory statement about an adopted rule. The statement must include the identification of the reasons for adopting the rule, a summary of the comments received regarding the proposed rule, and responses reflecting the commission's consideration of the comments.

5 The commission often includes a discussion of those matters in its rule adoption order. In addition, most rule-making proceedings involve extensive work by commission staff that includes summaries in memoranda of stakeholder comments, commission decisions, and staff recommendations in each of those areas.

6 In this docket, to avoid unnecessary duplication, the commission designates the discussion in this order as its concise explanatory statement, supplemented where not inconsistent by the staff memoranda presented at the adoption hearing and at the open meetings where the commission considered whether to begin a rule making and whether to propose adoption of specific language. Together, the documents provide a complete but concise explanation of the agency actions and its reasons for taking those actions.

7 REFERENCE TO AFFECTED RULES: This rule repeals, amends, or adopts the following sections of the Washington Administrative Code:

Chapter 480-70 WAC, Solid waste and/or refuse collection companies.


Amend WAC 480-70-041 Definitions, general.

1. Adds definitions for "Affiliated interest," "Control," and "Subsidiary."


Amend WAC 480-70-051 Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-70 WAC.

1. Amended to reference WAC 480-07-110 Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules.


Adopt WAC 480-70-077 Transferring cash or assuming obligations.

1. Adds requirement for reporting of cash transfers to affiliates and subsidiaries if credit rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poors L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc.


Adopt WAC 480-70-078 Affiliated interest--Contracts or arrangements.

1. Adopt rules implementing requirements to report transactions with affiliated interests and subsidiaries.

2. Provides exception for transactions provided at tariff rates.


Adopt WAC 480-70-079 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.

1. Adopt rules implementing requirements to report transactions with affiliated interests and subsidiaries.

2. Provides exception for transactions provided at tariff rates.


Chapter 480-90 WAC, Gas companies--Operations.


Amend WAC 480-90-008 Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-90 WAC.

1. Amended to reference WAC 480-07-110 Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules.


Amend WAC 480-90-023 Definitions.

1. Adds definitions for "Affiliated interest," "Control," and "Subsidiary."


Adopt WAC 480-90-207 Filing information.

1. Adds filing information within chapter.


Repeal WAC 480-90-208 Financial reporting requirements.

1. Financial reporting requirements moved to new sections:

Annual reports - WAC 480-90-252 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 2.

Commission basis reports (annual) - WAC 480-90-257 Commission basis report.

Quarterly reports - WAC 480-90-275 Actual results for Washington operations report.

Additional reports - WAC 480-90-209 Additional reports.


Adopt WAC 480-90-209 Additional reports.

1. Adopted from WAC 480-90-208 Financial reporting requirements, repealed in this rule making.


Repeal WAC 480-90-218 Securities, affiliated interests, and transfers of property.

1. Deletes subsections (1) and (3), which are moved into new WAC 480-90-248 Securities and transfers of property.


Adopt WAC 480-90-244 Transferring cash or assuming obligation.

1. Adds requirement for reporting of cash transfers to affiliated interests and subsidiaries when transaction exceeds certain threshold if credit rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poors L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Services, Inc.


Adopt WAC 480-90-245 Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-146-350 Filing of affiliated interest transactions, repealed in this rule making.

2. Provides exception for transactions provided at tariff rates.


Adopt WAC 480-90-248 Securities and transfers of property.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-90-218 Securities, affiliated interests, and transfers of property, repealed in this rule making.

2. Adds requirements for issuing stock, securities, or other evidence of indebtedness.


Adopt WAC 480-90-252 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 2.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-90-208 Financial reporting requirements, repealed in this rule making.


Adopt WAC 480-90-257 Commission basis report.

1. Adopts provision from WAC 480-90-208 Financial reporting requirements, repealed in this rule making.


Adopt WAC 480-90-264 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.

1. Adopts provision from WAC 480-146-360 Reporting of affiliated interest transactions, repealed in this rule making.

2. Adds subsidiaries to reporting requirement.

3. Provides exception for transactions provided at tariff rates.


Adopt WAC 480-90-268 Essential utilities services contracts report.

1. Adds requirement for reporting of essential utilities services contract when certain thresholds are exceeded.


Adopt WAC 480-90-275 Actual results for Washington operations report.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-90-208 Financial reporting requirements, repealed in this rule making.


Amend WAC 480-90-999 Adoption by reference.

1. Revised to reflect references to repealed sections and new sections.


Chapter 480-92 WAC, Low-level radioactive waste companies.


Amend WAC 480-92-016 Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-92 WAC.

1. Amended to reference WAC 480-07-110 Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules.


Amend WAC 480-92-021 Definitions.

1. Adds definitions for "Affiliated interest," "Control," and "Subsidiary."


Amend WAC 480-92-050 Reporting requirements--Annual report.

1. Grammar changes.


Adopt WAC 480-92-055 Reporting requirements--Special reports.

1. Adopt low-level radioactive waste company rules implementing requirements to report transactions with affiliated interests and subsidiaries.

2. Provides exception for transactions provided at tariff rates.


Chapter 480-100 WAC, Electric companies--Operations.


Amend WAC 480-100-008 Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-90 WAC.

1. Amended to reference WAC 480-07-110 Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules.


Amend WAC 480-100-023 Definitions.

1. Adds definitions for "Affiliated interest," "Control," and "Subsidiary."


Adopt WAC 480-100-207 Filing information.

1. Adds filing information within chapter.


Repeal WAC 480-100-208 Financial reporting requirements.

1. Financial reporting requirements moved to new sections:

Annual reports - WAC 480-100-252 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 2.

Commission basis reports (annual) - WAC 480-100-257 Commission basis report.

Quarterly reports - WAC 480-100-275 Actual results for Washington operations report.

Additional reports - WAC 480-100-209 Additional reports.

Adopt WAC 480-100-209 Additional reports.

1. Adopted from WAC 480-100-208 Financial reporting requirements, repealed in this rule making.


Repeal WAC 480-100-218 Securities, affiliated interests, and transfers of property.

1. Deletes subsections (1) and (3), which are moved into new section WAC 480-100-248 Securities and transfers of property.


Adopt WAC 480-100-244 Transferring cash or assuming obligations.

1. Adds requirement for reporting of cash transfers to affiliated interests and subsidiaries when transaction exceeds certain threshold if credit rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poors L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc.


Adopt WAC 480-100-245 Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-146-350 Filing of affiliated interest transactions, repealed in this rule making.

2. Provides exception for transactions provided at tariff rates.


Adopt WAC 480-100-248 Securities and transfers of property.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-100-218 Securities, affiliated interests, and transfers of property, repealed in this rule making.

2. Adds requirements for issuing stock, securities, or other evidence of indebtedness.


Adopt WAC 480-100-252 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 1.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-100-208 Financial reporting requirements, repealed in this rule making.


Adopt WAC 480-100-257 Commission basis report.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-100-208 Financial reporting requirements, repealed in this rule making.


Adopt WAC 480-100-264 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-146-360 Reporting of affiliated interest transactions, repealed in this rule making.

2. Adds subsidiaries to reporting requirement.

3. Provides exception for transactions provided at tariff rates.


Adopt WAC 480-100-268 Essential utilities services contracts report.

1. Adds requirement for reporting of essential utilities services contract when certain thresholds are exceeded.


Adopt WAC 480-100-275 Actual results for Washington operations report.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-100-208 Financial reporting requirements, repealed in this rule making.


Amend WAC 480-100-999 Adoption by reference.

1. Revised to reflect references to repealed sections and new sections.


Chapter 480-110 WAC, Water companies.


Amend WAC 480-110-205 Application of rules.

1. Grammar changes.


Amend WAC 480-110-215 Exemption from rules in chapter 480-110 WAC.

1. Amended to reference WAC 480-07-110 Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules.


Amend WAC 480-110-225 Additional requirements.

1. Adds new standard language for section that replaced previous language.


Adopt WAC 480-110-227 Severability.

1. Adds new standard language for section.


Amend WAC 480-110-235 Definition of control.

1. Grammar change.


Amend WAC 480-110-245 Glossary.

1. Grammar change.


Repeal WAC 480-110-495 Maps.

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-110-261 Maps.

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Amend WAC 480-110-335 Establishing credit and deposits.

1. Clarifies interest on deposit calculation.


Amend WAC 480-110-355 Discontinuing service.

1. Grammar change.


Amend WAC 480-110-365 Service responsibilities.

1. Grammar change.


Amend WAC 480-110-375 Form of bills.

1. Grammar change.


Amend WAC 480-110-385 Water company responsibility for complaints and disputes.

1. Grammar change.


Amend WAC 480-110-395 Water quality refunds.

1. Grammar change.

2. Changes statutory authority reference.


Amend WAC 480-110-415 Meters.

1. Grammar change.


Amend WAC 480-110-425 Water company customer notice requirements.

1. Grammar change.


Repeal WAC 480-110-265 Tariffs.

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-110-431 Tariffs.

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Repeal WAC 480-110-295 Adopted and initial tariffs.

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-110-433 Adopted and initial tariffs.

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Amend WAC 480-110-445 Service connections and customer service lines.

1. Grammar change.


Adopt WAC 480-110-456 Definitions.

1. Adds definitions for "Affiliated interest," "Control," and "Subsidiary."


Adopt WAC 480-110-457 Filing information.

1. Adds filing information within chapter.


Adopt WAC 480-110-459 Additional reports.

1. Adds new standard language for section.


Amend WAC 480-110-465 Expenditures for political or legislative activities.

1. Adds new standard language for section.


Amend WAC 480-110-485 Retaining and preserving records and reports.

1. Changes title to standard commission format.


Repeal WAC 480-110-275 Accounting and reporting requirements, and regulatory fees.

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-110-505 Accounting and reporting requirements, and regulatory fees.

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Repeal WAC 480-110-475 Reports of accidents.

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-110-515 Reports of accidents.

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-110-535 Transferring cash or assuming obligations.

1. Adds requirement for reporting of cash transfers to affiliates and subsidiaries when transaction exceeds certain threshold if credit rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poors L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc.


Adopt WAC 480-110-545 Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-146-350 Filing of affiliated interest transactions, repealed in this rule making.

2. Provides exception for transactions provided at tariff rates.


Repeal WAC 480-110-285 Securities, affiliated interest, transfer of property.

1. Deletes subsections (1) and (3), which are moved into new section WAC 480-110-555 Securities and transfers of property.


Adopt WAC 480-110-555 Securities and transfers of property.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-110-285 Securities, affiliated interests, and transfer of property, repealed in this rule making.

2. Adds requirements for issuing stock, securities, or other evidence of indebtedness.


Adopt WAC 480-110-575 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-146-360 Reporting of affiliated interest transactions, repealed in this rule making.

2. Adds subsidiaries to reporting requirement.

3. Provides exception for transactions provided at tariff rates.


Amend WAC 480-110-999 Adoption by reference.

1. Grammar change.


Chapter 480-120 WAC, Telecommunications operations.


Amend WAC 480-120-015 Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-120 WAC.

1. Amended to reference WAC 480-07-110 Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules.


Adopt WAC 480-120-325 Definitions.

1. Adds definitions for "Affiliated interest," "Control," and "Subsidiary."


Adopt WAC 480-120-331 Filing information.

1. Adds filing information within chapter.


Adopt WAC 480-120-335 Additional reports.

1. Adds new standard language for section.


Repeal WAC 480-120-305 Streamlined filing requirements for Class B telecommunications company rate increase.

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-120-339 Streamlined filing requirements for Class B telecommunications company rate increase.

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Repeal WAC 480-120-321 Expenditures for political or legislative activities.

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-120-344 Expenditures for political or legislative activities.

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Repeal WAC 480-120-323 Washington Exchange Carrier Association (WECA).

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-120-352 Washington Exchange Carrier Association (WECA).

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Repeal WAC 480-120-301 Accounting requirements for competitively classified companies.

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-120-355 Competitively classified companies.

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-120-369 Transferring cash or assuming obligation.

1. Adds requirement for reporting of cash transfers to affiliated interests and subsidiaries when transaction exceeds certain threshold if credit rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poors L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc.


Adopt WAC 480-120-375 Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-146-350 Filing of affiliated interest transactions, repealed in this rule making.

2. Provides exception for transactions provided at tariff rates.


Adopt WAC 480-120-379 Transfers of property.

1. Adopted to incorporate language concerning transfers of property.


Repeal WAC 480-120-303 Reporting requirements for competitively classified companies.

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-120-382 Annual report for competitively classified companies.

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Repeal WAC 480-120-304 Reporting requirements for companies not classified as competitive.

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-120-385 Annual report and quarterly results of operations reports for companies not classified as competitive.

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-120-395 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.

1. Adopts provisions from WAC 480-146-360 Reporting of affiliated interest transactions, repealed in this rule making.

2. Adds subsidiaries to reporting requirement.

3. Provides exception for transactions provided at tariff rates.


Repeal WAC 480-120-311 Access charge and universal service reporting.

1. Repealed to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Adopt WAC 480-120-399 Access charge and universal service reporting.

1. Adopted to reflect new numbering of chapter parts.


Chapter 480-121 WAC, Registration, competitive classification and price lists of telecommunications companies.


Amend WAC 480-121-063 Regulatory requirements that may be waived for competitively classified telecommunications companies.

1. Revised to reflect references to repealed sections, adopted sections, and new numbering of chapter 480-120 WAC.


Chapter 480-146 WAC, Commission general--Securities, liens, affiliated interests, refunding of notes, lease of utility facilities.

1. Removes Affiliated interests from title.


Repeal WAC 480-146-350 Filing of affiliated interest transactions.

1. This section adopted in WAC 480-70-078 Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements, 480-90-245 Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements, 480-92-055 Reporting requirements--Special reports subsection (1) Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements, 480-100-245 Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements, 480-110-545 Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements, and 480-120-375 Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements.


Repeal WAC 480-146-360 Reporting of affiliated interest transactions.

1. This section adopted in WAC 480-70-079 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report, 480-90-264 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report, 480-92-055 Reporting requirements--Special reports subsection (3) Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report, 480-100-264 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report, 480-110-575 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report, and 480-120-395 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.


Chapter 480-73 WAC, Hazardous liquid pipeline companies.

Adopt WAC 480-73-010 Application of rules, 480-73-020 Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-73 WAC, 480-73-030 Additional requirements, 480-73-040 Severability, 480-73-050 Tariffs, 480-73-060 Definitions, 480-73-110 Filing information, 480-73-120 Additional reports, 480-73-130 Accounting system requirements, 480-73-140 Expenditures for political or legislative activities, 480-73-150 Retaining and preserving records and reports, 480-73-160 Annual reports, 480-73-180 Transferring cash or assuming obligation, 480-73-190 Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements, 480-73-210 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report, and 480-73-999 Adoption by reference.

8 PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY AND ACTIONS THEREUNDER: The commission filed a preproposal statement of inquiry (CR-101) on October 2, 2002, at WSR 02-20-105, and October 28, 2002, at WSR 02-22-030, in Docket A-021178. The commission filed a preproposal statement of inquiry (CR-101) on March 13, 2003, at WSR 03-07-034, in Docket TO-030288.

9 ADDITIONAL NOTICE AND ACTIVITY PURSUANT TO PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT: The statement at WSR 02-20-105 advised interested persons that the commission was considering entering a rule making on establishing reporting rules for transactions between regulated utility and transportation companies and their subsidiaries. The statement at WSR 02-22-030 advised interested persons that other industries, including auto transportation companies may be affected by rules adopted in this docket, and that rules adopted in this docket would not apply to competitive telecommunications companies. The statement at WSR 03-07-034 advised interested persons that the commission was considering developing a new chapter applicable to the economic regulation of hazardous liquid pipeline companies regulated as common carriers by the commission, including, but not limited to, financial reporting requirements.

10 The commission also informed persons of the inquiry into these matters by providing notice of the subjects and the CR-101s to all persons on the commission's list of persons requesting such information pursuant to RCW 34.05.320(3) and by sending notice to all registered companies and the commission's lists of regulatory attorneys. The commission posted the relevant rule-making information on its internet website at http://www.wutc.wa.gov.

11 WORKSHOP; ORAL COMMENTS; WRITTEN COMMENTS: Pursuant to the notice, the commission held three stakeholder workshops. In addition, staff met informally to discuss issues related to financial reporting rules with representatives from Qwest Corporation (Qwest), PacifiCorp, Puget Sound Energy, Inc. (PSE), Avista Corporation (Avista), and Olympic Pipe Line Company (Olympic). Representatives of regulated companies and consumer advocacy organizations attended the workshops and/or filed written comments.

12 NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING: The commission filed a notice of proposed rule making (CR-102) on September 1, 2004, at WSR 04-18-129. The commission scheduled this matter for oral comment and adoption under Notice No. WSR 04-18-129 at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 13, 2004, in the Commission's Hearing Room, Second Floor, Chandler Plaza Building, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA. The notice provided interested persons the opportunity to submit written comments to the commission.

13 ORAL COMMENTS: Representatives of Verizon Northwest, Inc. (Verizon), Qwest, and public counsel provided oral comments on the rule proposal.

14 COMMENTERS (WRITTEN COMMENTS): The commission received written comments on the proposed rules (i.e., CR-102) from: PacifiCorp, Qwest, PSE, The Bond Market Associates, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, and Washington Refuse & Recycling Association.

15 RULE-MAKING HEARING: The rule proposal was considered for adoption, pursuant to the notice, at a rule-making hearing scheduled during the commission's regularly scheduled open public meeting on October 13, 2004, before Chairwoman Marilyn Showalter, Commissioner Richard Hemstad, and Commissioner Patrick Oshie. The commission heard oral comments from Fred Ottavelli representing commission staff, and from representatives of Verizon, PacifiCorp, Qwest, and Avista.

16 SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING: The commission filed a supplemental notice of proposed rule making (supplemental CR-102) on December 22, 2004, at WSR 05-01-224. The notice advised interested persons of a substantial change from the CR-102 proposal filed at WSR 04-18-129, and of the commission's intention that the entire proposal submitted at WSR 04-18-129 be renoticed for comment by interested persons. The commission scheduled this matter for oral comment and adoption under Notice No. WSR 05-01-224 at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 1, 2005, in the Commission's Hearing Room, Second Floor, Chandler Plaza Building, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA. The notice provided interested persons the opportunity to submit written comments to the commission.

17 COMMENTERS (WRITTEN COMMENTS): The commission received written comments on the proposed rules (i.e., supplemental CR-102) from: Qwest, Verizon, PacifiCorp, PSE, Northwest Natural Gas Company (NW Natural), Olympic, Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company, and The Bond Market Associates.

18 RULE-MAKING HEARING: The rule proposal was considered for adoption, pursuant to the notice, at a rule-making hearing scheduled during the commission's regularly scheduled open public meeting on February 1, 2005, before Chairwoman Marilyn Showalter, Commissioner Richard Hemstad, and Commissioner Patrick Oshie. The commission heard oral comments from representatives of Qwest, Verizon, and PacifiCorp. In addition, Richard Boehmer of O'Melveny & Myers, special securities counsel to Qwest Communications International, Inc. and its subsidiaries, provided comment.

19 SUGGESTIONS FOR CHANGE THAT ARE ACCEPTED OR REJECTED: In this section the commission responds to comments made on the proposed rules. The material in this section is organized by rule number. In each response we indicate whether we made a change in the adopted rules based upon the comment, or whether we adhered to the language in the proposed rule.

WAC Sections Related to Issuing Securities.

20 Qwest, Verizon, NW Natural, PSE, PacifiCorp, The Bond Market Association, and O'Melveny & Myers, LLP commented on the rules related to the issuance of securities. The commission has decided to consider the rules related to securities at a later date.

WAC 480-120-325 and 480-100-023 Definitions.

21 Qwest and PacifiCorp comment that the definitions of "subsidiary" and "control" are vague and unenforceable. Qwest acknowledges that control should be the focus of a definition of "subsidiary," but argues that the inclusion of "by contract, or otherwise" in the definition of "control" is vague and confusing. Qwest suggests that the commission adopt the Washington Corporations Act definition of a "subsidiary," that requires no further investigation or analysis other than whether the utility owns a majority of the voting securities of the other company.1

22 PacifiCorp contends that the 5% ownership threshold is too broad and captures ownership structures that do not fit the traditional parent-subsidiary model. PacifiCorp contends that its research of case precedent interpreting the SEC rules that define "control" supports its concern for incorporating this "elusive notion" of "control" in the commission's rules.

23 The commission concludes that these suggestions cannot be adopted without undermining the fundamental purpose of requiring that companies report transactions with subsidiaries. When a regulated company owns one or more unregulated companies, there is the potential for the companies to engage in coordinated transactions among themselves and thereby to frustrate the commission's ability to ensure that only reasonable costs are charged to the customers of the regulated company. Commenters do not contest either the notion that unreported transactions with a subsidiary can frustrate effective oversight of a regulated company or the notion that a company can "control" another company without owning a majority of its shares. The commission has addressed the legitimate concerns about how to determine whether a regulated company "controls" a subsidiary. It has done so by using a definition for "subsidiary" that tracks the long-established definition of "affiliated interest" in RCW 80.16.010, with the addition of language that would allow the utility to demonstrate it does not have "control" of the subsidiary. The source of the definition for "control" is a rule of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Rule 1-02(g), "Definition of terms used in Regulation S-X," as found at 17 C.F.R. Part 2102.

WAC 480-120-369 Transferring cash or assuming obligations.

24 Qwest objects to this rule as beyond the commission's statutory authority. Qwest argues that the legislature did not impose, or authorize the commission to impose, prefiling requirements for cash transfers. Qwest also suggests that the rule is an attempt to permit the commission to engage in regulating the multistate cash management of utilities and their affiliates and subsidiaries. According to Qwest, any attempt by the commission to regulate multistate cash management activities of Qwest and its family of companies would violate RCW 80.01.040(3) and the commerce clause of the United States Constitution.

25 Contrary to Qwest's position, RCW 80.04.080 grants the commission broad authority to require companies to provide special reports "concerning any matter about which the commission is authorized or required by this or any other law, to inquire into or keep itself informed about." This broad authority provides sufficient basis to request notice of the large cash transfers that are encompassed in the rules. The notice rules are specifically intended to cover only a small, particularly significant subset of all utility cash transfers: Namely, cash transfers exceeding a high monetary threshold, made by utilities that are not rated investment grade.

26 Transfers of large amounts of cash from the regulated utility or its subsidiaries could have serious and detrimental effects on ratepayers. Regulated utilities collect cash from customers as they pay for utility services, and regulated utilities use cash to fund operations and capital investment. A large transfer of cash from the control of the regulated utility could effectively disable funding for utility operations or render the utility unable to make necessary capital investments. Either circumstance could cause an immediate harm to customers. Providing the commission with five days' advance notice of such transfers would allow the commission to immediately commence ratemaking or prudence proceedings, or, in particularly egregious instances, to seek to enjoin the utility from proceeding with the cash transfer altogether, if necessary to protect the interests of the ratepayers or the public interest. RCW 80.36.140 and 80.28.020 authorize the commission to determine, after hearing, that a company's "practices" or "practices affecting rates" are unreasonable, to determine the just, reasonable, and proper practices to be thereafter observed and used, and to "fix the same by order or rule."

27 The commission is particularly concerned about large cash transactions by noninvestment grade companies, because a parent company that is in a weak financial condition is both more likely to take advantage of cash held by a utility subsidiary and because such a company would have greater difficulty raising capital to offset the loss of cash. Large cash transfers by noninvestment grade companies are more likely to directly affect the rates or service provided to ratepayers. Providing the commission with five days' advance notice does not unreasonably burden the company, and it affords the commission with sufficient time to take remedial action, if necessary, in advance of any irreparable harm to ratepayers or to the public interest.

28 The commission also finds that the proposed rule, which requires only that the commission be given five days' advance notice of certain large cash transfers from the regulated utility or its subsidiary, does not violate the commerce clause, pursuant to the test set forth in Pike v. Bruce Church, Inc., 397 U.S. 137, 142, 90 S.Ct. 844, 25 L.Ed.2d 174 (1970). The rule does not interfere with Qwest's management prerogatives. Whatever effects the rule might have on interstate commerce are at most incidental and minimal, and are clearly outweighed by the commission's strong interest to protect the ratepayers of regulated utilities and the public interest.

WAC 480-90-245 and 480-73-190 Affiliated interests--Contracts or arrangements.

29 NW Natural states that, absent a materiality threshold, the requirement to file contracts or arrangements with affiliates could be burdensome on the utility.

30 The commission does not accept this proposal, because it is inconsistent with the statute. RCW 80.16.020 requires every public service company file with the commission a copy or summary of contracts or arrangements with affiliates. The statute provides no exemption from the requirement based upon materiality.

31 Olympic Pipe Line Company is concerned that the proposed regulation suggests the commission has the authority to disapprove any contract or arrangement that Olympic might enter into with an affiliated entity. Olympic believes that the operation of interstate pipeline facilities such as Olympic's system is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government.

32 The commission responds as follows: Neither chapter 81.16 RCW nor the proposed rule call for affiliated interest contracts to be filed "for approval." On the other hand, the statute gives the commission authority to disapprove payments under an affiliated interest agreement. RCW 81.16.030. Presumably, the disapproved payment would be in the context of ratemaking recovery, and it would apply only to the Washington intrastate share of the payment. If so, there is no problem, because FERC does not regulate intrastate rates. Congress has "expressly provided that [scope of federal rate regulation] was not to extend to purely intrastate traffic." Simpson v. Shephard, 230 U.S. 352, 418 (1913).

33 The commission also has statutory authority to disapprove the contract itself. RCW 81.16.020. In any event, a challenge on this basis is premature, because the rule itself does not pose that sort of conflict. Accordingly, the broad attack of the sort levied by Olympic against the affiliated interest filing requirements fails because there are legitimate purposes to be fulfilled under chapter 81.16 RCW by the commission regarding regulation of intrastate pipeline transportation rates, and those purposes are advanced by the proposed rule.

WAC 480-90-257 Commission basis report.

34 NW Natural suggests that subsection (2)(b) be clarified so as to state, "Results of operations adjusted for any material out-of-period, nonoperating, nonrecurring, and extraordinary items or any other item that materially distorts reporting period earnings and rate base, and ..."

35 The commission accepts this proposal.

WAC 480-70-079, 480-90-264, 480-100-264, 480-110-575, 480-120-395 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report, and WAC 480-92-055 Reporting requirements--Special reports.

36 Qwest and Verizon urge deletion of the rule's reporting requirement of transactions between a public service company and its subsidiaries. They argue that subsidiary regulation is not permitted under chapter 80.16 RCW, the affiliated interest statute, nor any other statute vesting the commission with regulatory powers. Alternatively, Verizon requests the rule specifically exempt subsidiaries that are local exchange companies.

37 Olympic comments that this rule would require extensive reporting on each and every activity and "transaction" governed by the operating agreement which necessarily involves Olympic's operator, an "affiliate" entity. Olympic also states that this contract is already provided to the commission under WAC 480-73-190. Olympic suggests that to the extent transactions with affiliated entities are governed by and required by its operating agreement, those transactions should be excluded from the reporting obligations of this proposed regulation.

38 Olympic notes that its two shareholders are ultimately affiliated with two of the world's largest corporations, BP and Shell. According to Olympic, there are literally hundreds of entities "affiliated" with Olympic, many of which are not publicly traded. Olympic asserts that the commission does not have authority to compel Olympic to provide to the commission financial information which is not Olympic's property, is not "public information," and is instead the property of entities which are not subject to the commission's regulatory authority. Olympic states that it could provide annual financial statements and reports of both BP and Shell, which are publicly traded and thus their financial information is available.

39 The commission does not accept the proposal to delete reporting of transactions involving a regulated company's subsidiaries from the proposed rule. The commission has broad authority under RCW 80.04.080 to require special reports from regulated companies concerning any matters about which it is authorized or required to keep itself informed. These include transactions involving a regulated company's subsidiaries, which can directly and substantially affect the assets and liabilities of the regulated company, and in turn, the rates and services provided by the regulated company to its ratepayers. The commission also has broad authority to examine the accounts, books, and documents of the regulated company, including its subsidiaries, pursuant to RCW 80.04.070. The commission also rejects Verizon's alternative proposal to specifically exempt subsidiaries that are local exchange companies. The fact that a subsidiary of a utility is itself a regulated utility does not, in and of itself, eliminate the possibility that transactions between the two entities could be disadvantageous to one of them. The regulator would not have reviewed the terms of the transaction, and it would not be at arms length. Therefore, effective oversight of the regulated utility requires information on its transactions with regulated subsidiaries. If there are specific circumstances where this concern is not present, the affected utility may seek an exemption.

WAC 480-120-331 Filing information.

40 Qwest recommends deleting subsection (2) of the proposed rule, which provides that the commission may require pertinent information "in addition to that" specified by statute or in this statute because it appears to grant the commission powers beyond those granted by the legislature.

41 The commission does not accept this proposal. The proposed rule specifies that the additional information that the commission may require is limited to "pertinent information." As Qwest points out, the commission has broad authority to gather information from public service companies under the provision of RCW 80.04.070.

WAC 480-73-160 Annual reports.

42 Olympic suggests amending WAC 480-73-160(5) to specify the regulatory fee is based upon intrastate operating revenue.

43 The commission accepts this suggestion. The regulatory fee is based upon intrastate operating revenue.

44 COMMISSION ACTION: After considering all of the information regarding this proposal, the commission finds and concludes that it should amend, repeal, and adopt the rules in the supplemental CR-102 notice at WSR 05-01-224 with the changes described below.

45 CHANGES FROM PROPOSAL: After reviewing the entire record, the commission adopts the supplemental CR-102 proposal with the following changes from the text noticed at WSR 05-01-224.

WAC 480-70-078, 480-73-190, 480-90-245, 480-100-245, 480-110-545, 480-120-375 Affiliated interests -- Contracts or arrangements, and WAC 480-92-055 Reporting requirements -- Special reports.

46 WAC 480-70-078, 480-73-190, 480-90-245, 480-100-245, 480-110-545, 480-120-375 and 480-92-055 are edited as follows:

Prior to the effective date of any contract or arrangement described in RCW 81.16.020, each [solid waste collection company] must file a verified copy or a verified summary, if unwritten, of contracts or arrangements, except for transactions provided at tariff rates,

WAC 480-70-079, 480-90-264, 480-100-264, 480-110-575, 480-120-395 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report, and WAC 480-92-055 Reporting requirements -- Special reports.

47 WAC 480-70-079, 480-90-264, 480-100-264, 480-110-575, 480-120-395 and 480-92-055, as published in the CR-102, are edited as follows:

(1) By June 1 of each year each [Class A company] must file a report summarizing all transactions that occurred between the company and its affiliated interests, except for transactions provided at tariff rates,

WAC 480-73-210 Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.

48 WAC 480-73-210, as published in the CR-102, is edited as follows:

(2) The information required in this section must be provided for total company and for total state of Washington. The report must include a corporate organization chart of the company and showing the pipeline company and how it is related to its affiliated interests and subsidiaries.

(3)(a) A balance sheet and income statement for such affiliated interest to the extent such information is publicly available, and if not publicly available but the balance sheet and income statement of a parent of such affiliated interest is publicly available, then the balance sheet and income statement for such parent must be provided;

WAC 480-73-060 and 480-110-456 Definitions.

49 WAC 480-73-060 and 480-110-456, as published in the CR-102, are edited as follows:

"Securities" means stocks, stock certificates, other evidence of interest or ownership, bonds, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness, or any obligation or liability as guarantor.

WAC 480-73-110, 480-90-207, 480-100-207, 480-110-457 and 480-120-331 Filing information.

50 WAC 480-73-110, 480-90-207, 480-100-207, 480-110-457 and 480-120-331, as published in the CR-102, are edited as follows:

(1) Filing. The commission records center will accept any filing under WAC 480-73-170 (Issuing securities) delivered in person, by mail, telefacsimile, or electronic mail message. The commission records center will accept all other reports...

WAC 480-73-160 Annual reports.

51 WAC 480-73-160, as published in the CR-102, is edited as follows:

(5) Economic regulatory fees. An economic regulatory fee is an annual assessment paid by each company to cover the costs of economic regulation of the industry. The economic regulatory fee is separate from the pipeline safety fee identified in WAC 480-75-240 (Annual pipeline safety fee methodology). The maximum economic regulatory fee is set by statute at one-tenth of one percent of the first fifty thousand dollars of gross intrastate operating revenue plus two-tenths of one percent of any gross intrastate operating revenue in excess of fifty thousand dollars.

WAC 480-73-180, 480-90-244, 480-100-244, and 480-120-369 Transferring cash or assuming obligations.

52 WAC 480-73-180, 480-90-244, 480-100-244, and 480-120-369, as published in the CR-102, are edited as follows:

(1) At least five business days before a [pipeline company] that is not rated investment grade whose corporate/issuer rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poors L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc.

WAC 480-90-244 Transferring cash or assuming obligations.

53 WAC 480-90-244, as published in the CR-102, is edited as follows:

(1)(b) A utility's common shareholder equity is determined according to the latest annual report filed pursuant to WAC 480-100 90-252 (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 1 2). Information about the FERC Form No. 1 2 regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-100 90-999 (Adoption by reference).

WAC 480-110-535 Transferring cash or assuming obligation.

54 WAC 480-110-535, as published in the CR-102, is edited as follows:

Transferring cash or assuming obligations.

WAC 480-120-369 Transferring cash or assuming obligations.

55 WAC 480-120-369, as published in the CR-102, is edited as follows:

This section does not apply to a company classified as competitive pursuant to RCW 80.36.320., or to a local exchange company that serves less than two percent of the access lines in the state of Washington.

WAC 480-90-248, 480-100-248, and 480-110-555 Transfers of property.

56 WAC 480-90-248, 480-100-248, and 480-110-555, as published in the CR-102, are edited as follows:

Securities and Ttransfers of property. (1) Before a [gas utility] issues stock, securities, or other evidence of indebtedness, the utility must comply with the requirements of chapters 80.08 RCW and 480-146 WAC.

WAC 480-90-257 and 480-100-257 Commission basis report.

57 WAC 480-90-257 and 480-100-257, as published in the CR-102, are edited as follows:

(b) Results of operations adjusted for any material out-of-period,

WAC 480-110-335 Establishing credit and deposits.

58 WAC 480-110-335, as published in the CR-102, is edited as follows:

(6) Interest on deposits. Companies that collect customer deposits must pay interest on those deposits calculated:

(a) ((For each calendar)) Effective February 1 of each year, at the rate for the one-year Business Day Treasury Constant Maturity as of November 15 of the previous year, as calculated by the U.S. Treasury, as and published in the Federal Reserve's Statistical Release H.15 on January 15 of that year. If January 15 falls on a nonbusiness day, the company will use the rate posted on the next ((following)) business day;

WAC 480-121-063 Regulatory requirements that may be waived for competitively classified telecommunications companies.

59 WAC 480-121-063, as published in the CR-102, is edited as follows:

(p) ((Chapter 480-146 WAC (Commission general -- Securities, liens, affiliated interests, refunding of notes, lease of utility facilities);

(q))) WAC 480-120-102 (Service offered);

(((r) WAC 480-120-305)) (q) WAC 480-120-339 (Streamlined filing requirements for Class B telecommunications company rate increases);

(((s))) (r) WAC 480-120-311 (Access charge and universal service reporting);

(((t) WAC 480-120-321)) (s) WAC 480-120-344 (Expenditures for political or legislative activities); ((and

(u) WAC 480-120-323)) (t) WAC 480-120-352 (Washington Exchange Carrier Association (WECA));

(u) WAC 480-120-365 (Issuing securities);

(v) WAC 480-120-369 (Transferring cash or assuming obligation);

(w) WAC 480-120-375 (Affiliated interests -- Contracts or arrangements); and

(x) WAC 480-120-389 (Securities report); and

(y) WAC 480-120-395 (Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report).

This rule supersedes all waivers of regulatory requirements for competitively classified companies granted by the commission at the time of a company's competitive classification. However, subsequent to the adoption of this rule, the commission may revoke the waiver of any regulatory requirement set forth in (a) through (((u))) (y)(x) of this subsection or may waive any regulatory requirement not included in (a) through (((u))) (y)(x) of this subsection.

Chapter 480-146 WAC, Commission General -- Securities, Liens, Affiliated Interest, Refunding of Notes, Lease of Utility Facilities

60 The title of chapter 480-146 WAC as published in the CR-102, is edited as follows:

COMMISSION GENERAL -- SECURITIES, LIENS, AFFILIATED INTEREST, REFUNDING OF NOTES, LEASE OF UTILITY FACILITIES

61 STATEMENT OF ACTION; STATEMENT OF EFFECTIVE DATE: In reviewing the entire record, the commission determines that WAC 480-90-208, 480-90-218, 480-100-208, 480-100-218, 480-110-495, 480-110-265, 480-110-295, 480-110-275, 480-110-475, 480-110-285, 480-120-301, 480-120-303, 480-120-304, 480-120-305, 480-120-311, 480-120-321, 480-120-323, 480-146-350, and 480-146-360 should be repealed as set forth in Appendix A, to take effect pursuant to RCW 34.05.380(2) on the thirty-first day after filing with the code reviser.

62 WAC 480-70-041, 480-70-051, 480-90-008, 480-90-023, 480-90-999, 480-92-016, 480-92-021, 480-92-050, 480-100-008, 480-100-023, 480-100-999, 480-110-205, 480-110-215, 480-110-225, 480-110-235, 480-110-245, 480-110-335, 480-110-355, 480-110-365, 480-110-375, 480-110-385, 480-110-395, 480-110-415, 480-110-425, 480-110-445, 480-110-465, 480-110-485, 480-110-999, 480-120-015, 480-121-063, and the title to chapter 480-146 WAC should be amended to read as set forth in Appendix A, as rules of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, to take effect pursuant to RCW 34.05.380(2) on the thirty-first day after filing with the code reviser.

63 WAC 480-70-077, 480-70-078, 480-70-079, 480-90-207, 480-90-209, 480-90-244, 480-90-245, 480-90-248, 480-90-252, 480-90-257, 480-90-264, 480-90-268, 480-90-275, 480-92-055, 480-100-207, 480-100-209, 480-100-244, 480-100-245, 480-100-248, 480-100-252, 480-100-257, 480-100-264, 480-100-268, 480-100-275, 480-110-227, 480-110-261, 480-110-431, 480-110-433, 480-110-456, 480-110-457, 480-110-459, 480-110-505, 480-110-515, 480-110-535, 480-110-545, 480-110-555, 480-110-575, 480-120-325, 480-120-331, 480-120-335, 480-120-339, 480-120-344, 480-120-352, 480-120-355, 480-120-369, 480-120-375, 480-120-379, 480-120-382, 480-120-385, 480-120-395, 480-120-399, 480-73-010, 480-73-020, 480-73-030, 480-73-040, 480-73-050, 480-73-060, 480-73-110, 480-73-120, 480-73-130, 480-73-140, 480-73-150, 480-73-160, 480-73-180, 480-73-190, 480-73-210, and 480-73-999 should be adopted to read as set forth in Appendix A, as a rule of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, to take effect pursuant to RCW 34.05.380 (2) on the thirty-first day after filing with the code reviser.

1 The Washington Corporations Act defines a subsidiary as "a domestic or foreign corporation that has a majority of its outstanding voting shares owned, directly or indirectly, by another domestic or foreign corporation." RCW 23B.19.020(17).

2 Regulation S=X pertains to the requirements for financial statements filed pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. This is substantially the same definition for "control" as defined in Rule 12b-2(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. 17 C.F.R. Part 240 at Rule 12b-2.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 67, Amended 30, Repealed 19.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

THE COMMISSION ORDERS:

64 WAC 480-90-208, 480-90-218, 480-100-208, 480-100-218, 480-110-495, 480-110-265, 480-110-295, 480-110-275, 480-110-475, 480-110-285, 480-120-301, 480-120-303, 480-120-304, 480-120-305, 480-120-311, 480-120-321, 480-120-323, 480-146-350, and 480-146-360 are repealed as set forth in Appendix A, to take effect on the thirty-first day after the date of filing with the code reviser pursuant to RCW 34.05.380(2).

65 WAC 480-70-041, 480-70-051, 480-90-008, 480-90-023, 480-90-999, 480-92-016, 480-92-021, 480-92-050, 480-100-008, 480-100-023, 480-100-999, 480-110-205, 480-110-215, 480-110-225, 480-110-235, 480-110-245, 480-110-335, 480-110-355, 480-110-365, 480-110-375, 480-110-385, 480-110-395, 480-110-415, 480-110-425, 480-110-445, 480-110-465, 480-110-485, 480-110-999, 480-120-015, 480-121-063, and the title of chapter 480-146 WAC are amendedto read as set forth in Appendix A, as rules of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, to take effect on the thirty-first day after the date of filing with the code reviser pursuant to RCW 34.05.380(2).

66 WAC 480-70-077, 480-70-078, 480-70-079, 480-90-207, 480-90-209, 480-90-244, 480-90-245, 480-90-248, 480-90-252, 480-90-257, 480-90-264, 480-90-268, 480-90-275, 480-92-055, 480-100-207, 480-100-209, 480-100-244, 480-100-245, 480-100-248, 480-100-252, 480-100-257, 480-100-264, 480-100-268, 480-100-275, 480-110-227, 480-110-261, 480-110-431, 480-110-433, 480-110-456, 480-110-457, 480-110-459, 480-110-505, 480-110-515, 480-110-535, 480-110-545, 480-110-555, 480-110-575, 480-120-325, 480-120-331, 480-120-335, 480-120-339, 480-120-344, 480-120-352, 480-120-355, 480-120-369, 480-120-375, 480-120-379, 480-120-382, 480-120-385, 480-120-395, 480-120-399, 480-73-010, 480-73-020, 480-73-030, 480-73-040, 480-73-050, 480-73-060, 480-73-110, 480-73-120, 480-73-130, 480-73-140, 480-73-150, 480-73-160, 480-73-180, 480-73-190, 480-73-210, and 480-73-999 are adopted to read as set forth in Appendix A, as rules of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, to take effect on the thirty-first day after the date of filing with the code reviser pursuant to RCW 34.05.380(2).

67 This order and the rules set out below, after being recorded in the register of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, shall be forwarded to the code reviser for filing pursuant to chapters 80.01 and 34.05 RCW and chapter 1-21 WAC.

DATED at Olympia, Washington, this 28th day of February, 2005.

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

Richard Hemstad, Commissioner

Patrick J. Oshie, Commissioner

OTS-7473.4

PART ((1)) I -- GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending General Order No. R-479, Docket No. A-010648 [TG-990161], filed 3/23/01, effective 4/23/01)

WAC 480-70-041   Definitions, general.   (See WAC 480-70-226 (Tariffs, definitions used in) for definition of terms used primarily in tariff filings.) Unless the language or context indicates that a different meaning is intended, the following words, terms and phrases mean:

"Affiliated interest" means a person or corporation as defined in RCW 81.16.010.

"Application docket" means a commission publication listing applications requesting operating authority, and commission action taken on applications for temporary authority.

"Biomedical waste" means the following types of waste:

"Animal waste" means waste animal carcasses, body parts, and bedding of animals that are known to be infected with, or that have been inoculated with, human pathogenic microorganisms infectious to humans.

"Biosafety level 4 disease waste" means waste contaminated with blood, excretions, exudates, or secretions from humans or animals who are isolated to protect others from highly communicable infectious diseases that are identified as pathogenic organisms assigned to biosafety level 4 by the Centers for Disease Control, National Institute of Health, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, current edition.

"Cultures and stocks" means wastes infectious to humans and includes specimen cultures, cultures and stocks of etiologic agents, wastes from production of biologicals and serums, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, and laboratory waste that has come into contact with cultures and stocks of etiologic agents or blood specimens. Such waste includes, but is not limited to, culture dishes, blood specimen tubes, and devices used to transfer, inoculate, and mix cultures.

"Human blood and blood products" means discarded waste human blood and blood components, and materials containing free-flowing blood and blood products.

"Pathological waste" means waste human source biopsy materials, tissues, and anatomical parts that emanate from surgery, obstetrical procedures, and autopsy. "Pathological waste" does not include teeth, human corpses, remains, and anatomical parts that are intended for interment or cremation.

"Sharps waste" means all hypodermic needles, syringes with needles attached, IV tubing with needles attached, scalpel blades, and lancets that have been removed from the original sterile package.


Note: Certificates issued prior to the effective date of these rules may contain the terms "biohazardous waste" or "infectious waste" in describing services authorized. From the effective date of these rules, those permits shall be understood to allow the transportation of "biomedical waste."

"Biohazardous or biomedical waste generator" means any person, by site, whose act or process produces infectious waste, or whose act first caused an infectious waste to become subject to regulation. In the case where more than one person, e.g., doctors with separate medical practices, are located in the same building, each individual business entity is a separate generator for the purposes of these rules.

"Biohazardous or biomedical waste transporter" means any person who transports infectious waste over the highways in a quantity equal to or exceeding one hundred pounds per month for compensation.

"Biosolids" means municipal sewage sludge that is a primarily organic, semisolid product resulting from the wastewater treatment process.

"Business of transporting solid waste for collection and/or disposal for compensation" means those carriers who are primarily in the specialized business of solid waste for collection and/or disposal.

"Cancellation" means an act by the commission to terminate a solid waste collection company certificate; or an act by a carrier to discontinue the application of a tariff, a tariff supplement, or a tariff item.

"Certificate" means the certificate of public convenience and necessity issued by the Washington utilities and transportation commission under the provisions of chapter 81.77 RCW for the operation of solid waste collection companies.

"Certificated authority" means the territory and services granted by the commission and described in a company's certificate of public convenience and necessity.

"City regulation" means regulation of the operations of a solid waste collection company by a city through issuance of a contract.

"Classes of companies":

"Class A company" means a traditional solid waste collection company with an annual gross operating revenue from regulated, intrastate operations of five million dollars or more.

"Class B company" means a traditional solid waste collection company with an annual gross operating revenue from regulated, intrastate operations of less than five million dollars.

"Class C company" means a solid waste collection company that does not provide traditional residential or commercial solid waste operations. This class includes specialized carriers generally hauling specific waste products for specific customers or providing only on-call or nonscheduled service.

"Classes of service" means either commercial, specialized, drop box, or residential service.

"Company" means a solid waste collection company.

"Commercial authority" means authority to provide solid waste collection service to business, institutional, or industrial generators.

"Commercial recycling service" means transportation of recyclable commodities from a buy-back center, drop box, or from a commercial or industrial generator of recyclable materials when those recyclable materials are being transported for use other than landfill disposal or incineration. Commercial recycling is regulated under chapter 81.80 RCW.

"Commercial service" means solid waste collection service provided to a business, institutional, or industrial generator.

"Commission" means the Washington utilities and transportation commission.

"Common carrier" means any person who transports solid waste by motor vehicle for compensation.

"Construction debris" or "construction waste" means solid waste resulting from the building or renovation of buildings, roads and other man-made structures. Construction debris includes, but is not limited to, materials such as plasterboard, cement, dirt, wood, and brush.

"Contract carrier" means a person holding a certificate issued by the commission authorizing transportation of solid waste for collection and/or disposal under special and individual contracts or agreements.

"Control" means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a company, whether through the ownership of voting shares, by contract, or otherwise.

"Demolition waste" or "demolition debris" means solid waste resulting from the demolition or razing of buildings, roads and other man-made structures. Demolition waste includes, but is not limited to, concrete, brick, bituminous concrete, wood and masonry, composition roofing and roofing paper, steel, and minor amounts of other metals like copper.

"Disinfect" means to cleanse by destroying harmful microorganisms.

"Disposal site" means the location where any final treatment, utilization, processing, or deposit of solid waste occurs. This term includes, but is not limited to, landfills, transfer stations, and incinerators.

"Dump truck operator" means a carrier holding a permit under chapter 81.80 RCW engaged in the operation of dump trucks and similar vehicles used in the transportation of sand, gravel, dirt, debris, and other similar commodities except solid waste. Dump truck operations are usually conducted during the daytime; are local in character; are somewhat seasonal, especially in connection with building or construction projects; and the value of the commodity transported is usually low.

"Filing" means any application, petition, tariff proposal, annual report, comment, complaint, pleading, or other document submitted to the commission.

"Garbage" means those materials of solid waste that are putrescible.

"Garbage and refuse." Whenever the phrase "garbage and refuse" is used as a qualifying phrase, it means either garbage or refuse, or both garbage and refuse.

"Hazardous waste" means any material that is subject to the Hazardous Waste Manifest Requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency specified in 40 CFR Part 262.

"Incineration" means to reduce the volume of solid waste by use of an enclosed device using controlled flame combustion.

"Incinerator" means a site where solid waste is reduced in volume by use of an enclosed device using controlled flame combustion.

"Landfill" means a disposal facility or part of a facility at which solid waste is placed in or on land and which is not a land-treatment facility.

"Land-treatment facility" means the site on which the practice of applying dangerous waste onto or incorporating dangerous waste into the soil surface so that it will degrade or decompose takes place. The term does not include applying waste onto or into the soil surface for the purpose of soil sweetening or soil amendment.

"Leachate" means water or other liquid that has been contaminated by dissolved or suspended materials due to contact with solid waste or gases.

"Motor vehicle" means any truck, trailer, semi-trailer, tractor or any self-propelled or motor-driven vehicle used on any public highway of this state for the purpose of transporting solid waste for collection and/or disposal.

"Multiple-family residence" or "multifamily residence"means any structure housing two or more dwelling units.

"Multifamily service" means residential service provided to multifamily structures or locations including, but not limited to, duplexes, apartments, mobile home courts, and condominiums.

"Nonputrescible" means not capable of being readily decomposed by microorganisms.

"Occasional" means occurring at irregular and infrequent intervals. The term is qualitative, not quantitative, in that the term applies to services that are only performed from time-to-time, not that the solid waste hauling is only a small part of services offered.

"Packer" means a device or vehicle specially designed to compress loose materials.

"Person" means an individual, firm, corporation, association, partnership, lessee, receiver, trustee, consortium, joint venture, or commercial entity.

"Private carrier" means a person who transports solid waste in the person's own vehicle purely as an incidental adjunct to some other established private business owned or operated by that person in good faith.


EXCEPTION: A person who transports solid waste from residential sources in a vehicle designed or used primarily for the transport of solid waste is not a private carrier.

"Private motor vehicle"
means a vehicle owned or operated by a private carrier.

"Private road" means a road not normally available for use by the public.

"Public highway" means every street, road, or highway in this state normally available for use by the public.

"Putrescible" means capable of being readily decomposed by microorganisms.

"Recyclable materials" means materials that are transported for recycling, reprocessing, reclamation, or for any process that extracts or modifies the commodity for reuse or another commercially valuable purpose.

"Recycling" means transforming or remanufacturing materials into usable or marketable materials for use other than landfill disposal or incineration.

"Refuse" means those materials of solid waste that are not putrescible.

"Residence" means the regular dwelling place of an individual or individuals.

"Residential authority" means authority to provide solid waste collection from residences.

"Residential recycling service" means collection of those solid wastes that are separated for recycling or reuse, such as paper, plastic, metals, and glass, that are identified as recyclable materials pursuant to a local comprehensive solid waste plan.

"Residential service" means solid waste collection from residences.

"Sewer sludge" means a semisolid substance consisting of settled sewage solids combined with varying amounts of water and dissolved materials, generated from a wastewater treatment system, that does not meet the requirements of chapter 70.95J RCW, and is transported to a site for disposal.

"Shipping paper" means a shipping order, bill of lading, manifest, or other shipping document serving a similar purpose and containing the information required in WAC 480-70-401 (Payment options).

"Small business" means any company that has fifty or fewer employees.

"Solid waste" or "solid wastes" means all putrescible and nonputrescible solid and semisolid wastes including, but not limited to:

Garbage;

Rubbish;

Refuse;

Swill;

Ashes;

Industrial wastes;

Sewage sludge;

Demolition and construction wastes;

Abandoned vehicles or parts of abandoned vehicles; and

Source-separated recyclable materials collected from single and multifamily residences.

"Solid waste collection" means collecting solid waste from residential or commercial customers and transporting the solid waste, using a motor vehicle, for collection and/or disposal over the highways of the state of Washington for compensation.

"Solid waste collection company" means every common carrier, including a contract carrier, who provides solid waste collection service.

"Source separation" means the separation of different kinds of solid waste at the place where the waste originates.

"Specialized solid waste collection company" means a company providing other than traditional solid waste collection service. Specialized companies generally haul specific waste products for specific customers, provide only on-call or nonscheduled service, or provide accessorial services not normally provided by traditional solid waste collection companies.

"State" means the state of Washington.

"Subsidiary" means any company in which the solid waste company owns directly or indirectly five percent or more of the voting securities, unless the solid waste company demonstrates it does not have control.

"Suspension" means an act by the commission to temporarily withhold a solid waste collection company's certificated authority; or an act by the commission to withhold approval of a company's tariff filing.

"Tariff" means a document issued by a company, and approved by the commission, containing the services provided, the rates and charges the company bills its customers for those services, and the rules describing how the rates and charges apply.

"Tariff service territory" means a company-defined geographic division of its certificated authority in which a specific tariff applies.

"Third-party waste broker" means a person or company acting on behalf of a generator of solid waste, usually an industrial or commercial generator, to arrange for collection and/or disposal of solid waste.

"Traditional solid waste collection company" means a company engaged in collecting and removing solid waste and recyclable materials from private homes, and/or removing solid waste from commercial establishments, industrial facilities, and other sites. Solid waste is normally picked up on a daily, weekly, or other regular basis. Drivers are usually assigned designated routes to collect curbside residential solid waste or transport cans or containers for commercial businesses. Unless the company's certificate is restricted against doing so, a traditional solid waste collection company may also perform specialized solid waste collection service.

"Transfer station" means a staffed, fixed supplemental facility used by persons and route collection vehicles to deposit solid wastes into transfer trailers for transportation to a disposal site. The definition does not usually include detachable containers. However, in counties with a population of less than seventy thousand, and in any county with a population of from one hundred twenty-five thousand to less than two hundred ten thousand that is located east of the crest of the Cascade mountain range, if detachable containers are securely fenced, staffed by an attendant during all hours when the detachable container is open to the public, and tipping fees that cover the cost of providing the containers and the use of the facility are charged, then such detachable containers constitute a transfer station. (Refer to RCW 36.58.030.)

"Treatment" means incineration, sterilization, or other method, technique, or process that changes the character or composition of a biomedical waste so as to minimize the risk of transmitting an infectious disease by making it noninfectious. Any waste, except sharps, that has been treated is not considered biohazardous or biomedical waste, and may be considered to be solid waste for purposes and handling.

"Vehicle" means every device capable of transporting solid waste on a public highway. The term "vehicle" does not include devices moved by human or animal power or used exclusively on stationary rails or tracks.

"Yard waste" or "yard debris" means plant material commonly created in the course of maintaining yards and gardens and through horticulture, gardening, landscaping, or similar activities. Yard waste includes, but is not limited to, grass clippings, leaves, branches, brush, weeds, flowers, roots, windfall fruit, and vegetable garden debris.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.04.160, 81.77.030 and 80.01.040. 01-08-012 (Docket No. TG-990161, General Order No. R-479), 480-70-041, filed 3/23/01, effective 4/23/01.]

Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04)

WAC 480-70-051   Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-70 WAC.   (((1) The commission may grant an exemption of any rule in this chapter, when doing so is consistent with the public interest, the purposes underlying regulation, and applicable statutes.

(2) To request a rule exemption, a person must file with the commission a written request identifying the rule for which an exemption is sought, giving a full explanation of the reason for requesting the exemption.

(3) The commission will assign the request a docket number, if it does not arise in an existing docket, and will schedule the request for consideration at one of its regularly scheduled open meetings or, if appropriate under chapter 34.05 RCW, in an adjudication. The commission will notify the person requesting the exemption, and other interested persons, of the date of the hearing or open meeting when the commission will consider the request.

(4) In determining whether to grant the request, the commission may consider whether application of the rule would impose undue hardship on the petitioner, of a degree or a kind different from hardships imposed on other similarly situated persons, and whether the effect of applying the rule would be contrary to the purpose of the rule.

(5) The commission will issue an order granting or denying the request or setting it for hearing pursuant to chapter 480-07 WAC.)) The commission may grant an exemption from the provisions of any rule in this chapter in the same manner and consistent with the standards and according to the procedures set forth in WAC 480-07-110 (Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), 480-70-051, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 81.04.160, 81.77.030 and 80.01.040. 01-08-012 (Docket No. TG-990161, General Order No. R-479), 480-70-051, filed 3/23/01, effective 4/23/01.]

PART ((2)) II -- ACCOUNTING REQUIREMENTS, REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATORY FEES
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-70-077   Transferring cash or assuming obligations.   (1) At least five business days, as defined in WAC 480-07-120 (Office hours), before a Class A company, whose corporate credit/issuer rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard Poor's L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc., or its subsidiary transfers cash to any of its affiliated interests or subsidiaries or assumes an obligation or liability of any of its affiliated interests or any of its subsidiaries, the company must report to the commission an estimate of the amount to be transferred and the terms of the transaction when the transaction will exceed thresholds as described in (a) or (b) of this subsection.

(a) The company must report if the cumulative transactions to a subsidiary or affiliated interest for the prior twelve months exceed a threshold of five percent, which is based on the prior calendar year gross operating revenue from Washington intrastate operations subject to commission jurisdiction.

(b) When the threshold in (a) of this subsection has been reached, the company must report each subsequent transaction exceeding a threshold of one percent for the prior twelve-month period, which is based on the prior calendar year gross operating revenue from Washington intrastate operations subject to commission jurisdiction.

(2) The reporting requirements in subsection (1) of this section do not include payments for:

(a) Federal and state taxes;

(b) Goods, services, or commodities;

(c) Transactions, attributed to the regulated entity, previously approved or ordered by the commission, other regulatory agencies, or the court; or

(d) Dividends to the extent the level of such dividends over a twelve-month period does not exceed the larger of:

(i) Net income during such period; or

(ii) The average level of dividends over the preceding three years; or

(e) Sweep or cash management accounts used to transfer funds to or from a subsidiary or affiliate as part of the customary and routine cash management functions between or among the utility and its subsidiary or affiliate.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-70-078   Affiliated interest -- Contracts or arrangements.   Prior to the effective date of any contract or arrangement described in RCW 81.16.020, each solid waste collection company must file a verified copy or a verified summary, if unwritten, of contracts or arrangements, except for transactions provided at tariff rates, with affiliated interests. Prior to the effective date of any modification or amendment, the company must file verified copies of the modifications or amendments to the contracts or arrangements. If the contract or arrangement is unwritten, the company must file a verified summary of any modification or amendment. The commission may institute an investigation and disapprove the contract or arrangement if the commission finds the company has failed to prove that it is reasonable and consistent with the public interest.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-70-079   Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.   (1) By June 1 of each year each Class A company must file a report summarizing all transactions that occurred between the company and its affiliated interests, except for transactions provided at tariff rates, and the company and its subsidiaries, during the period January 1 through December 31 of the preceding year.

(2) The information required in this subsection must be for total company and for total state of Washington. The report must include a corporate organization chart of the company and its affiliated interests and subsidiaries.

(3) When total transactions with an affiliated interest or a subsidiary are less than one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the company must provide the name of the affiliated interest or subsidiary participating in the transactions and the total dollar amounts of the transactions. When total transactions with an affiliated interest or subsidiary equal or exceed one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the company must provide:

(a) A balance sheet and income statement for such affiliated interest;

(b) A description of the products or services provided to or from the company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(c) A description of the pricing basis or costing method, and procedures for allocating costs for such products or services, and the amount and accounts charged during the year;

(d) A description of the terms of any loans between the company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary and a listing of the year-end loan amounts and maximum loan amounts outstanding during the year;

(e) A description of the terms and total amount of any obligation or liability assumed by the company for each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(f) A description of the activities of each such affiliated interest or subsidiary with which the company has transactions; and

(g) A list of all common officers and directors between the solid waste company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary, along with their titles in each organization.

(4) The company is obligated to file verified copies of affiliated interest contracts and arrangements as stated in WAC 480-70-078 (Affiliated interests -- Contracts or arrangements).

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PART ((3)) III -- CERTIFICATESPART ((4)) IV -- INSURANCEPART ((5)) V -- EQUIPMENT AND DRIVERSPART ((6)) VI -- COMPLIANCEPART ((7)) VII -- TARIFFS, RATES, AND RATE FILINGSPART ((8)) VIII -- CONSUMER RULESPART ((9)) IX -- BIOMEDICAL WASTE RULESPART ((10)) X -- HAZARDOUS WASTE RULESPART ((11)) XI -- ADOPTION BY REFERENCE

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PART ((1)) I -- GENERAL ((RULES)) PROVISIONS
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04)

WAC 480-90-008   Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-90 WAC.   (((1) The commission may grant an exemption from the provisions of any rule in this chapter if consistent with the public interest, the purposes underlying regulation, and applicable statutes.

(2) To request a rule exemption, a person must file with the commission a written request identifying the rule for which an exemption is sought, giving a full explanation of the reason for requesting the exemption.

(3) The commission will assign the request a docket number, if it does not arise in an existing docket, and will schedule the request for consideration at one of its regularly scheduled open meetings or, if appropriate under chapter 34.05 RCW, in an adjudication. The commission will notify the person requesting the exemption, and other interested persons, of the date of the hearing or open meeting when the commission will consider the request.

(4) In determining whether to grant the request, the commission may consider whether application of the rule would impose undue hardship on the petitioner, of a degree or a kind different from hardship imposed on other similarly situated persons, and whether the effect of applying the rule would be contrary to the purposes of the rule.

(5) The commission will enter an order granting or denying the request or setting it for hearing, pursuant to chapter 480-07 WAC.)) The commission may grant an exemption from the provisions of any rule in this chapter in the same manner and consistent with the standards and according to the procedures set forth in WAC 480-07-110 (Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), 480-90-008, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04; 01-11-003 (Docket No. UG-990294, General Order No. R-484), 480-90-008, filed 5/3/01, effective 6/3/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Docket No. UG-990294, General Order No. R-484, filed 5/3/01, effective 6/3/01)

WAC 480-90-023   Definitions.   "Affiliated interest" means a person or corporation as defined in RCW 80.16.010.

"Applicant" means any person, corporation, partnership, government agency, or other entity that applies for service with a gas utility or who reapplies for service at a new or existing location after service has been discontinued.

"British thermal unit" (Btu) means the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water at 60 Fahrenheit and standard pressure, one degree Fahrenheit.

"Business day" means Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., except for official state holidays.

"Commission" means the Washington utilities and transportation commission.

"Control" means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a company, whether through the ownership of voting shares, by contract, or otherwise.

"Customer" means any person, corporation, partnership, government agency, or other entity that applied for, has been accepted for, and is currently receiving service.

"Cubic foot of gas" means a volumetric unit of measure used in sales and testing.

"Sales volume" means a cubic foot of gas for billing purposes is the amount of gas that occupies a volume of one cubic foot under the temperature and pressure conditions existing in the customer's meter. Temperature and/or pressure recording or compensating devices may be used to reflect temperature or pressure base conditions for computing the volume sold. Temperature and/or pressure compensation factors may be used to compute the volume of gas sold as provided in the utility's tariff.

"Testing volume" means a cubic foot of gas for testing purposes is the amount that occupies a volume of one cubic foot at a temperature of 60 Fahrenheit and pressure of 14.73 pounds per square inch absolute.

"Gas" means any fuel or process gas, whether liquid petroleum gas, manufactured gas, natural gas, or any mixture of these.

"Liquefied petroleum gas" means a gas consisting of vapors of one or more of the paraffin hydrocarbons, or a combination of one or more of these vapors with air.

"Manufactured gas" means any gas produced artificially by any process.

"Natural gas" means a mixture of gaseous hydrocarbons (chiefly methane) and nonhydrocarbons that occur naturally in the earth.

"Subsidiary" means any company in which the gas utility owns directly or indirectly five percent or more of the voting securities, unless the utility demonstrates it does not have control.

"Therm" means a unit of heat equal to 100,000 Btus.

"Gas utility" (utility) means any business entity (e.g., corporation, company, association, joint stock association, or partnership) or person, including a lessee, trustee, or court appointed receiver, that meets the three following conditions:

Owns, controls, operates, or manages any gas plant in Washington state;

Manufactures, transmits, distributes, sells, or furnishes gas to the public for compensation; and

Is subject to the commission's jurisdiction.

Terms used in this chapter and defined in the public service laws of Washington state (i.e., principally Title 80 RCW) have the same meaning here as in the statutes. Terms not defined in these rules or the applicable statutes have the meaning generally accepted in the gas industry, or their ordinary meaning if there is no meaning generally accepted in the gas industry.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 01-11-003 (Docket No. UG-990294, General Order No. R-484), 480-90-023, filed 5/3/01, effective 6/3/01.]

PART ((2)) II -- CONSUMER RULESPART ((3)) III -- FINANCIAL RECORDS AND REPORTING RULESSubpart A: General Rules
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-90-207   Filing information.   (1) Filing. The commission records center will accept all reports required in Part III in person, by mail, or when procedures are in place, electronic mail message.

(2) Commission may require additional information. The commission may require pertinent information in addition to that specified by statute or in this chapter.

(3) Information by reference. When any information required to support a filing is on file with the commission, it is sufficient to make specific reference to the information indicating the proceeding, report, or other filing that contains the referenced information.

(4) When information is unavailable. If any required information is unavailable at the time of the filing, the filing must include the reason why the information is not available and state when it will be available.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-90-209   Additional reports.   Part III does not supersede any reporting requirement specified in a commission order or limit the commission's ability to request additional information.

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Subpart B: Financial Transaction Reporting Requirements
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-90-244   Transferring cash or assuming obligations.   (1) At least five business days before a gas utility whose corporate/issuer rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poor's L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc., or its subsidiary transfers cash to any of its affiliated interests or subsidiaries or assumes an obligation or liability of any of its affiliated interests or any of its subsidiaries, the utility must report to the commission an estimate of the amount to be transferred and the terms of the transaction when the transaction will exceed thresholds described in (a) or (b) of this subsection.

(a) The utility must report if the cumulative transactions to a subsidiary or affiliated interest for the prior twelve months exceed a threshold of two percent, which is based on the utility's common shareholders equity.

(b) When the threshold in (a) of this subsection has been reached, the utility must report each subsequent transaction exceeding a threshold of one percent for the prior twelve-month period, which is based on the utility's common shareholders equity.

A utility's common shareholder equity is determined according to the latest annual report filed pursuant to WAC 480-90-252 (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 2). Information about the FERC Form No. 2 regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-90-999 (Adoption by reference).

(2) The reporting requirements in subsection (1) of this section do not include payments for:

(a) Federal and state taxes;

(b) Goods, services, or commodities, including fuel supplies (e.g., gas, coal, or oil);

(c) Transactions, attributed to the regulated entity, previously approved or ordered by the commission, other regulatory agencies, or the court;

(d) Dividends to the extent the level of such dividends over a twelve-month period does not exceed the larger of:

(i) Net income during such period; or

(ii) The average level of dividends over the preceding three years; or

(e) Sweep or cash management accounts used to transfer funds to or from a subsidiary or affiliate as part of the customary and routine cash management functions between or among the utility and its subsidiary or affiliate.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-90-245   Affiliated interests -- Contracts or arrangements.   Prior to the effective date of any contract or arrangement described in RCW 80.16.020, each gas utility must file a verified copy or a verified summary, if unwritten, of contracts or arrangements, except for transactions provided at tariff rates, with any affiliated interest. Prior to the effective date of any modification or amendment, the utility must file verified copies of the modifications or amendments to the contracts or arrangements. If the contract or arrangement is unwritten, the utility must file a verified summary of any modification or amendment. The commission may institute an investigation and disapprove the contract or arrangement if the commission finds the utility has failed to prove that it is reasonable and consistent with the public interest.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-90-248   Securities and transfers of property.   (1) Before a gas utility issues stock, securities, or other evidence of indebtedness, the utility must comply with the requirements of chapters 80.08 RCW and 480-146 WAC.

(2) Before selling, leasing, or assigning any of its property or facilities which are necessary or useful in the performance of its duties to the public, or before acquiring property or facilities of another public utility, a gas utility must obtain from the commission an order authorizing such transaction in accordance with chapter 80.12 RCW (Transfers of property) and chapter 480-143 WAC (Commission general -- Transfers of property).

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Subpart C: Annual Reporting Requirements
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-90-252   Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 2.   (1) Each gas utility must use the annual report form (FERC Form No. 2) promulgated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 141, for purposes of this report to the commission. Data required by RCW 80.04.080 (Annual reports), but not included in the FERC Form No. 2, must also be submitted with the annual report. The utility must submit the annual report for the preceding calendar year, along with the regulatory fee, by May 1st of each year. If not presented in the prescribed FERC Form No. 2, the annual report must include the following data per customer class for the calendar year: Revenues, average customer count, and total unit sales. Information about the FERC Form No. 2 regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-90-999 (Adoption by reference).

(2) Each utility must also submit to this commission, in essentially the same format and content as the FERC Form No. 2, a report that documents the costs incurred and the property necessary to furnish utility service to its customers and the revenues obtained in the state of Washington. The report must include the following data per customer class for the calendar year: Revenues, average customer count, and total unit sales.

(3) Combination and multistate utilities must submit with the annual report their cost allocation methods necessary to develop results of operations for the state of Washington. Approval of cost allocation methods for rate-making purposes is accomplished only by commission order.

(4) The total utility results of operations reported by each utility in its annual report to the commission must agree with the results of operations shown on the utility's books and records.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-90-257   Commission basis report.   (1) Commission basis reports are due within four months of the end of a utility's fiscal year.

(2) The intent of the commission basis report is to depict the gas operations of a gas utility under normal temperature and power supply conditions during the reporting period. The commission basis report must include:

(a) Booked results of gas operations and rate base, and all the necessary adjustments as accepted by the commission in the utility's most recent general rate case or subsequent orders;

(b) Results of operations adjusted for any material out-of-period, nonoperating, nonrecurring, and extraordinary items or any other item that materially distorts reporting period earnings and rate base; and

(c) Booked revenues and power supply expenses adjusted to reflect operations under normal temperature and power supply conditions before the achieved return on rate base is calculated.

(3) Commission basis reports should not include adjustments that annualize price, wage, or other cost changes during a reporting period, nor new theories or approaches that have not been previously addressed and resolved by the commission.

(4) Each utility must submit the basis of any cost allocations and the allocation factors necessary to develop the commission basis results of gas operations for the state of Washington.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-90-264   Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.   (1) Each gas utility must file an annual report summarizing all transactions, except transactions provided at tariff rates, that occurred between the utility and its affiliated interests, and the utility and its subsidiaries. The report is due one hundred twenty days from the end of the utility's fiscal or calendar year (reporting period). The report must include a corporate organization chart of the utility and its affiliated interests and subsidiaries.

(2) When total transactions with an affiliated interest or a subsidiary are less than one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the utility must provide the name of the affiliated interest or subsidiary participating in the transactions and the total dollar amounts of the transactions. When total transactions with an affiliated interest or subsidiary equal or exceed one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the utility must provide:

(a) A balance sheet and income statement for such affiliated interest;

(b) A description of the products or services provided to or from the utility and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(c) A description of the pricing basis or costing method, and procedures for allocating costs for such products or services, and the amount and accounts charged during the year;

(d) A description of the terms of any loans between the utility and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary and a listing of the year-end loan amounts and maximum loan amounts outstanding during the year;

(e) A description of the terms and total amount of any obligation or liability assumed by the utility for each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(f) A description of the activities of each such affiliated interest or subsidiary with which the utility has transactions; and

(g) A list of all common officers and directors between the gas utility and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary, along with their titles in each organization.

(3) The report required in this section supersedes the reporting requirements contained in previous commission orders authorizing affiliated interest transactions pursuant to chapter 80.16 RCW.

(4) The utility is obligated to file verified copies of affiliated interest contracts and arrangements as stated in WAC 480-90-245 (Affiliated interest -- Contracts and arrangements).

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-90-268   Essential utilities services contracts report.   (1) When the annual value to a vendor exceeds one and one-half percent of total company sales to ultimate customers as reported in the utility's most recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 2 (or combined Forms No. 1 and No. 2 for combined utilities), each gas utility must report the total contracts with that vendor for essential utility services specifying the relevant terms of the contract or contracts, along with anticipated associated charges. Information about the FERC Form No. 2 regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-90-999 (Adoption by reference).

(2) The report of essential service vendors is due one hundred twenty days from the end of each reporting period, whether a fiscal or calendar year.

(3) For each vendor the report must include:

(a) The parties to the contract;

(b) The type of contract;

(c) The essential obligations of each party to the contract;

(d) The length of the contract;

(e) The budgeted annual dollar value of the contract during the reporting period; and

(f) The actual payments for services rendered under the contract during the reporting period.

(4) Essential utility services are those services necessary to provide gas service such as:

(a) Operation or maintenance of gas system infrastructure;

(b) Operation or maintenance of computer systems;

(c) Purchase of gas for classes of customer service regulated by the commission; and

(d) Construction of gas system infrastructure.

(5) The requirements under this section may be satisfied in whole or in part by cross-reference to the applicable portions of other documents that the utility has on file with the commission.

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Subpart D: Quarterly Reporting Requirement
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-90-275   Actual results for Washington operations report.   Within forty-five days of the end of each quarter, each gas utility must file a report of actual results for Washington operations. The results of operations report must contain each of the three monthly balances and the latest twelve months' ending balance for all accounts of the uniform system of accounts. The report must include the average customer count and total unit sales per customer class for each reported period.

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PART ((4)) IV -- GAS METERING AND STANDARDS RULESPART ((5)) V -- ADOPTION BY REFERENCE
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending General Order No. R-511, Docket No. A-030852, filed 12/22/03, effective 1/22/04)

WAC 480-90-999   Adoption by reference.   In this chapter, the commission adopts by reference all or portions of regulations and standards identified below. They are available for inspection at the commission branch of the Washington state library. The publications, effective date, references within this chapter, and availability of the resources are as follows:

(1) Title 18 Code of Federal Regulations, cited as 18 CFR, including all appendices and amendments is published by the United States Government Printing Office.

(a) The commission adopts the version in effect on April 1, 2003.

(b) This publication is referenced in WAC 480-90-203 (Accounting system requirements) ((and WAC 480-90-208 (Financial reporting requirements))), WAC 480-90-244 (Transferring cash or assuming obligation), WAC 480-90-252 (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 2), and WAC 480-90-268 (Essential utilities services contracts report).

(c) Copies of 18 CFR are available from the U.S. Government Printing Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

(2) The Regulations to Govern the Preservation of Records of Electric, Gas, and Water Companies is published by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

(a) The commission adopts the version in effect in 1985.

(b) This publication is referenced in WAC 480-90-228 (Retention and preservation of records and reports).

(c) The Regulations to Govern the Preservation of Records of Electric, Gas, and Water Companies is a copyrighted document. Copies are available from NARUC, in Washington, D.C.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, 81.04.160 and 34.05.353. 04-01-152 (General Order No. R-511, Docket No. A-030852), 480-90-999, filed 12/22/03, effective 1/22/04; 02-18-033 (Docket No. A-020379, General Order No. R-501), 480-90-999, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 01-11-003 (Docket No. UG-990294, General Order No. R-484), 480-90-999, filed 5/3/01, effective 6/3/01.]


REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 480-90-208 Financial reporting requirements.
WAC 480-90-218 Securities, affiliated interests, and transfers of property.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-458, Docket No. UR-980080, filed 2/5/99, effective 3/8/99)

WAC 480-92-016   ((Waiver.)) Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-92 WAC.   (((1) The commission may grant a waiver of any rule in this chapter when doing so is consistent with the public interest, the purposes underlying regulation, and sound public policy, and is not inconsistent with applicable statutes.

(2) To request a rule waiver, a site operator must file a written request with the commission identifying the rule for which a waiver is sought, and giving a full explanation of the reason for requesting the waiver.)) The commission may grant an exemption from the provisions of any rule in this chapter in the same manner and consistent with the standards and according to the procedures set forth in WAC 480-07-110 (Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-05-016 (Order R-458, Docket No. UR-980080), 480-92-016, filed 2/5/99, effective 3/8/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-458, Docket No. UR-980080, filed 2/5/99, effective 3/8/99)

WAC 480-92-021   Definitions.   The definitions contained in chapter 81.108 RCW and RCW 81.04.010 are incorporated by reference in this section. To the extent that any of the definitions in this chapter differ from statutory definitions, the statutory definitions shall control.

"Affiliated interest" means a person or corporation as defined in RCW 81.16.010.

"Commission" means the Washington utilities and transportation commission.

"Control" means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a company, whether through the ownership of voting shares, by contract, or otherwise.

"Effective rate" means the highest permissible rate, for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste, calculated as the lowest contract rate plus an administrative fee, if applicable, determined pursuant to RCW 81.108.040.

"Extraordinary volume" means volumes of low-level radioactive waste delivered to a site caused by nonrecurring events, outside normal operations of a generator, that are in excess of twenty thousand cubic feet or twenty percent of the preceding year's total volume at such site, whichever is less.

"Extraordinary volume adjustment" means a mechanism that allocates the potential rate reduction benefits of an extraordinary volume among all generators and the generator responsible for such extraordinary volume as described in RCW 81.108.070.

"Generator" means a person, partnership, association, corporation, or any other entity that, as a part of its activities, produces low-level radioactive waste.

"Inflation adjustment" means a mechanism that adjusts the maximum disposal rate by a percentage equal to the change in price levels in the preceding period, as measured by a common, verifiable price index as determined in RCW 81.108.040.

"Low-level radioactive waste" means waste material that contains radioactive nuclides emitting primarily beta or gamma radiation, or both, in concentrations or quantities that exceed applicable federal or state standards for unrestricted release. Low-level waste does not include waste containing more than ten nanocuries of transuranic contaminants per gram of material, nor spent reactor fuel, nor material classified as either high-level waste or waste which is unsuited for disposal by near-surface burial under any applicable federal regulations nor naturally occurring or accelerator produced radioactive material.

"Maximum disposal rate" the maximum disposal is the rate a site operator may charge generators as provided in RCW 81.108.050.

"Site" means a location, structure, or property used or to be used for the storage, treatment, or disposal of low-level radioactive waste for compensation within the state of Washington.

"Site operator" means a low-level radioactive waste site operating company, which includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock association, partnership, and person, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, operating, controlling, or managing a low-level radioactive waste disposal site or sites located within the state of Washington.

"Subsidiary" means any company in which the low-level waste company owns directly or indirectly five percent or more of the voting securities, unless the low-level waste company demonstrates it does not have control.

"Volume adjustment" means a mechanism that adjusts the maximum disposal rate in response to material changes in volumes of waste deposited at the site during the preceding period so as to provide a level of total revenues sufficient to recover the costs to operate and maintain the site.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-05-016 (Order R-458, Docket No. UR-980080), 480-92-021, filed 2/5/99, effective 3/8/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 1991 c 272. 92-03-050 (Order R-366, Docket No. T-910676), 480-92-021, filed 1/10/92, effective 2/10/92.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-458, Docket No. UR-980080, filed 2/5/99, effective 3/8/99)

WAC 480-92-050   Reporting requirements -- Annual report.   ((The commission will distribute an annual report form to site operators each year. The site operator must complete the form, file it with the commission, and pay regulatory fees for the preceding calendar year by May 1.

A site operator may request in writing prior to May 1, an extension of time to file its annual report, stating the reasons for the request and the extension date. The commission will not grant extensions for payment of regulatory fees.)) An annual report is an end-of-the-year summary of financial and operational activity that each site operator is required to file with the commission.

(1) Each year the commission provides an annual report form and instructions to each site operator at its address of record. Failure to receive the form does not relieve a company of its obligation to complete and file its annual report. A site operator that does not receive an annual report form must contact the commission to request a copy of the form.

(2) A site operator must file a complete, accurate annual report showing all requested information by May 1 of the succeeding year. Information provided on the annual report must agree with source documents maintained at site operator offices.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-05-016 (Order R-458, Docket No. UR-980080), 480-92-050, filed 2/5/99, effective 3/8/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 1991 c 272. 92-03-050 (Order R-366, Docket No. T-910676), 480-92-050, filed 1/10/92, effective 2/10/92.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 480-92-055   Reporting requirements -- Special reports.   (1) Affiliated interests -- Contracts or arrangements. Prior to the effective date of any contract or arrangement described in RCW 81.16.020, each site operator must file a verified copy or a verified summary, if unwritten, of contracts or arrangements, except transactions provided at tariff rates, with any affiliated interest. Prior to the effective date of any modification or amendment, the site operator must file verified copies of the modifications or amendments to the contracts or arrangements. If the contract or arrangement is unwritten, the site operator must file a verified summary of any modification or amendment. The commission may institute an investigation and disapprove the contract or arrangement if the commission finds the site operator has failed to prove that it is reasonable and consistent with the public interest.

(2) Transferring cash or assuming obligations.

(a) At least five business days, as defined in WAC 480-07-120 (Office hours), before a site operator, whose corporate credit/issuer rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poor's L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc., or its subsidiary transfers cash to any of its affiliated interests or subsidiaries or assumes an obligation or liability of any of its affiliated interests or any of its subsidiaries, the company must report to the commission an estimate of the amount to be transferred and the terms of the transaction when the transaction will exceed thresholds as described in (a)(i) or (ii) of this subsection.

(i) The company must report if the cumulative transactions to a subsidiary or affiliated interest for the prior twelve months exceed a threshold of five percent, which is based on the prior calendar year gross operating revenue from Washington intrastate operations subject to commission jurisdiction.

(ii) When the threshold in (a)(i) of this subsection has been reached, the company must report each subsequent transaction exceeding a threshold of one percent for the prior twelve-month period, which is based on the prior calendar year gross operating revenue from Washington intrastate operations subject to commission jurisdiction.

(b) The reporting requirements in subsection (1) of this section do not include payments for:

(i) Federal and state taxes;

(ii) Goods, services, or commodities;

(iii) Transactions, attributed to the regulated entity, previously approved or ordered by the commission, other regulatory agencies, or the court;

(iv) Dividends to the extent the level of such dividends over a twelve-month period does not exceed the larger of:

(A) Net income during such period; or

(B) The average level of dividends over the preceding three years; or

(v) Sweep or cash management accounts used to transfer funds to or from a subsidiary or affiliate as part of the customary and routine cash management functions between or among the site operator and its subsidiary or affiliate.

(3) Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.

(a) By June 1 of each year, each site operator must file a report summarizing all transactions, except transactions provided at tariff rates, that occurred between the site operator and its affiliated interests, and the site operator and its subsidiaries, during the period January 1 through December 31 of the preceding year. The information required in this subsection must be for total company and for total state of Washington. The report must include a corporate organization chart of the company and its affiliated interests and subsidiaries.

(b) When total transactions with an affiliated interest or a subsidiary are less than one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the site operator must provide the name of the affiliated interest or subsidiary participating in the transactions and the total dollar amounts of the transactions. When total transactions with an affiliated interest or subsidiary equal or exceed one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the site operator must provide:

(i) A balance sheet and income statement for such affiliated interest;

(ii) A description of the products or services provided to or from the company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(iii) A description of the pricing basis or costing method, and procedures for allocating costs for such products or services, and the amount and accounts charged during the year;

(iv) A description of the terms of any loans between the company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary and a listing of the year-end loan amounts and maximum loan amounts outstanding during the year;

(v) A description of the terms and total amount of any obligation or liability assumed by the company for each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(vi) A description of the activities of each such affiliated interest or subsidiary with which the company has transactions; and

(vii) A list of all common officers and directors between the low-level waste company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary, along with their titles in each organization.

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OTS-7477.5

PART ((1)) I -- GENERAL ((RULES)) PROVISIONS
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04)

WAC 480-100-008   Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-100 WAC.   (((1) The commission may grant an exemption from the provisions of any rule in this chapter, if consistent with the public interest, the purposes underlying regulation, and applicable statutes.

(2) To request a rule exemption, a person must file with the commission a written request identifying the rule for which an exemption is sought, giving a full explanation of the reason for requesting the exemption.

(3) The commission will assign the request a docket number, if it does not arise in an existing docket, and will schedule the request for consideration at one of its regularly scheduled open meetings or, if appropriate under chapter 34.05 RCW, in an adjudication. The commission will notify the person requesting the exemption, and other interested persons, of the date of the hearing or open meeting when the commission will consider the request.

(4) In determining whether to grant the request, the commission may consider whether application of the rule would impose undue hardship on the petitioner, of a degree or a kind different from hardships imposed on other similarly situated persons, and whether the effect of applying the rule would be contrary to the purposes of the rule.

(5) The commission will enter an order granting or denying the request, or setting it for hearing, pursuant to chapter 480-07 WAC.)) The commission may grant an exemption from the provisions of any rule in this chapter in the same manner and consistent with the standards and according to the procedures set forth in WAC 480-07-110 (Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), 480-100-008, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04; 01-11-004 (Docket No. UE-990473, General Order No. R-482), 480-100-008, filed 5/3/01, effective 6/3/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Docket No. UE-990473, General Order No. R-482, filed 5/3/01, effective 6/3/01)

WAC 480-100-023   Definitions.   "Affiliated interest" means a person or corporation as defined in RCW 80.16.010.

"Applicant" means any person, corporation, partnership, government agency, or other entity that applies for service with an electric utility or who reapplies for service at a new or existing location after service has been discontinued.

"Business day" means Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., except for official state holidays.

"Commission" means the Washington utilities and transportation commission.

"Control" means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a company, whether through the ownership of voting shares, by contract, or otherwise.

"Customer" means any person, corporation, partnership, government agency, or other entity that has applied for, has been accepted, and is currently receiving service.

"Electric utility (utility)" means any business entity (e.g., corporation, company, association, joint stock association, or partnership) or person, including a lessee, trustee, or court appointed receiver that meets the following conditions:

Owns, controls, operates, or manages any electric plant for hire in Washington state; and

Is subject to the commission's jurisdiction.

"Subsidiary" means any company in which the electric utility owns directly or indirectly five percent or more of the voting securities, unless the utility demonstrates it does not have control.

Terms used in this chapter and defined in the public service laws of Washington state (i.e., principally Title 80 RCW) have the same meaning here as in the statutes. Terms not defined in these rules or the applicable statutes have the meaning generally accepted in the electric industry, or their ordinary meaning if there is no meaning generally accepted in the electric industry.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 01-11-004 (Docket No. UE-990473, General Order No. R-482), 480-100-023, filed 5/3/01, effective 6/3/01.]

PART ((2)) II -- CONSUMER RULESPART ((3)) III -- FINANCIAL RECORDS AND REPORTING RULESSubpart A: General Rules
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-100-207   Filing information.   (1) Filing. The commission records center will accept all reports required in Part III in person, by mail, or when procedures are in place, electronic mail message.

(2) Commission may require additional information. The commission may require pertinent information in addition to that specified by statute or in this chapter.

(3) Information by reference. When any information required to support a filing is on file with the commission, it is sufficient to make specific reference to the information indicating the proceeding, report, or other filing that contains the referenced information.

(4) When information is unavailable. If any required information is unavailable at the time of the filing, the filing must include the reason why the information is not available and state when it will be available.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-100-209   Additional reports.   Part III does not supersede any reporting requirement specified in a commission order or limit the commission's ability to request additional information.

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Subpart B: Financial Transaction Reporting Requirements
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-100-244   Transferring cash or assuming obligations.   (1) At least five business days before an electric utility whose corporate/issuer rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poor's L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc., or its subsidiary transfers cash to any of its affiliated interests or subsidiaries or assumes an obligation or liability of any of its affiliated interests or any of its subsidiaries, the utility must report to the commission an estimate of the amount to be transferred and the terms of the transaction when the transaction will exceed thresholds described in (a) or (b) of this subsection.

(a) The utility must report if the cumulative transactions to a subsidiary or affiliated interest for the prior twelve months exceed a threshold of two percent, which is based on the utility's common shareholders equity.

(b) When the threshold in (a) of this subsection has been reached, the utility must report each subsequent transaction exceeding a threshold of one percent for the prior twelve-month period, which is based on the utility's common shareholders equity.

A utility's common shareholder equity is determined according to the latest annual report filed pursuant to WAC 480-100-252 (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 1). Information about the FERC Form No. 1 regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-100-999 (Adoption by reference).

(2) The reporting requirements in subsection (1) in this section do not include payments for:

(a) Federal and state taxes;

(b) Goods, services, or commodities, including fuel supplies (e.g., gas, coal, or oil);

(c) Transactions, attributed to the regulated entity, previously approved or ordered by the commission, other regulatory agencies, or the court;

(d) Dividends to the extent the level of such dividends over a twelve-month period does not exceed the larger of:

(i) Net income during such period; or

(ii) The average level of dividends over the preceding three years; or

(e) Sweep or cash management accounts used to transfer funds to or from a subsidiary or affiliate as part of the customary and routine cash management functions between or among the utility and its subsidiary or affiliate.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-100-245   Affiliated interests -- Contracts or arrangements.   Prior to the effective date of any contract or arrangement described in RCW 80.16.020, each electric utility must file a verified copy or a verified summary, if unwritten, of contracts or arrangements, except transactions provided at tariff rates, with any affiliated interest. Prior to the effective date of any modification or amendment, the utility must file verified copies of the modifications or amendments to the contracts or arrangements. If the contract or arrangement is unwritten, the utility must file a verified summary of any modification or amendment. The commission may institute an investigation and disapprove the contract or arrangement if the commission finds the utility has failed to prove that it is reasonable and consistent with the public interest.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-100-248   Securities and transfers of property.   (1) Before an electric utility issues stock, securities, or other evidence of indebtedness, the utility must comply with the requirements of chapters 80.08 RCW and 480-146 WAC.

(2) Before selling, leasing, or assigning any of its property or facilities which are necessary or useful in the performance of its duties to the public, or before acquiring property or facilities of another public utility, an electric utility must obtain from the commission an order authorizing such transaction in accordance with chapters 80.12 RCW (Transfers of property) and 480-143 WAC (Commission general -- Transfers of property).

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Subpart C: Annual Reporting Requirements
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-100-252   Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 1.   (1) Each electric utility must use the annual report form (FERC Form No. 1) promulgated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 141, for purposes of this report to the commission. Data required by RCW 80.04.080 (Annual reports), but not included in the FERC Form No. 1, must also be submitted with the annual report. The utility must submit the annual report for the preceding calendar year, along with the regulatory fee, by May 1st of each year. If not presented in the prescribed FERC Form No. 1, the annual report must include the following data per customer class for the calendar year: Revenues, average customer count, and total unit sales. Information about the FERC Form No. 1 regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-100-999 (Adoption by reference).

(2) Each utility must also submit to this commission, in essentially the same format and content as the FERC Form No. 1, a report that documents the costs incurred and the property necessary to furnish utility service to its customers and the revenues obtained in the state of Washington. The report must include the following data per customer class for the calendar year: Revenues, average customer count, and total unit sales.

(3) Combination and multistate utilities must submit with the annual report their cost allocation methods necessary to develop results of operations for the state of Washington. Approval of cost allocation methods for rate-making purposes is accomplished only by commission order.

(4) The total utility results of operations reported by each utility in its annual report to the commission must agree with the results of operations shown on the utility's books and records.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-100-257   Commission basis report.   (1) Commission basis reports are due within four months of the end of a utility's fiscal year.

(2) The intent of the commission basis report is to depict the electric operations of an electric utility under normal temperature and power supply conditions during the reporting period. The commission basis report must include:

(a) Booked results of electric operations and rate base, and all the necessary adjustments as accepted by the commission in the utility's most recent general rate case or subsequent orders;

(b) Results of operations adjusted for any material out-of-period, nonoperating, nonrecurring, and extraordinary items or any other item that materially distorts reporting period earnings and rate base; and

(c) Booked revenues and power supply expenses adjusted to reflect operations under normal temperature and power supply conditions before the achieved return on rate base is calculated.

(3) Commission basis reports should not include adjustments that annualize price, wage, or other cost changes during a reporting period, nor new theories or approaches that have not been previously addressed and resolved by the commission.

(4) Each utility must submit the basis of any cost allocations and the allocation factors necessary to develop the commission basis results of electric operations for the state of Washington.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-100-264   Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.   (1) Each electric utility must file an annual report summarizing all transactions, except transactions provided at tariff rates, that occurred between the utility and its affiliated interests, and the utility and its subsidiaries. The report is due one hundred fifty days from the end of each reporting period, whether a fiscal or calendar year. The report must include a corporate organization chart of the utility and its affiliated interests and subsidiaries.

(2) When total transactions with an affiliated interest or a subsidiary are less than one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the utility must provide the name of the affiliated interest or subsidiary participating in the transactions and the total dollar amounts of the transactions. When total transactions with an affiliated interest or subsidiary equal or exceed one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the utility must provide:

(a) A balance sheet and income statement for such affiliated interest;

(b) A description of the products or services provided to or from the utility and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(c) A description of the pricing basis or costing method, and procedures for allocating costs for such products or services, and the amount and accounts charged during the year;

(d) A description of the terms of any loans between the utility and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary and a listing of the year-end loan amounts and maximum loan amounts outstanding during the year;

(e) A description of the terms and total amount of any obligation or liability assumed by the utility for each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(f) A description of the activities of each such affiliated interest or subsidiary with which the utility has transactions; and

(g) A list of all common officers and directors between the electric utility and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary, along with their titles in each organization.

(3) The report required in this section supersedes the reporting requirements contained in previous commission orders authorizing affiliated interest transactions pursuant to chapter 80.16 RCW.

(4) The utility is obligated to file verified copies of affiliated interest contracts and arrangements as stated in WAC 480-100-245 (Affiliated interest -- Contracts and arrangements).

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-100-268   Essential utilities services contracts report.   (1) When the annual transactions with a vendor exceed one and one-half percent of total company sales to ultimate customers as reported in the utility's most recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 1 (or combined Forms No. 1 and No. 2 for combined utilities), each electric utility must report the total contracts with that vendor for essential utility services specifying the relevant terms of the contract or contracts, along with anticipated associated charges. Information about the FERC Form No. 1 regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-100-999 (Adoption by reference).

(2) The report of essential service vendors is due one hundred twenty days from the end of each reporting period, whether a fiscal or calendar year.

(3) For each vendor the report must include:

(a) The parties to the contract;

(b) The type of contract;

(c) The essential obligations of each party to the contract;

(d) The length of the contract;

(e) The budgeted annual dollar value of the contract during the reporting period; and

(f) The actual payments for services rendered under the contract during the reporting period.

(4) Essential utility services are those services necessary to provide electric service such as:

(a) Operation or maintenance of electric system infrastructure;

(b) Operation or maintenance of computer systems;

(c) Purchase of electricity for classes of customer service regulated by the commission; and

(d) Construction of electric system infrastructure.

(5) The requirements under this section may be satisfied in whole or in part by cross-reference to the applicable portions of other documents that the utility has on file with the commission.

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Subpart D: Quarterly Reporting Requirement
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-100-275   Actual results for Washington operations report.   Within sixty days of the end of each quarter, each electric utility must file a report of actual results for Washington operations. The results of operations report must contain each of the three monthly balances and the latest twelve months' ending balance for all accounts of the uniform system of accounts. The report must include the average customer count and total unit sales per customer class for each reported period.

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PART IV -- LEASE OF UTILITY FACILITIESPART ((4)) V -- METERING RULESPART ((5)) VI -- SAFETY AND STANDARDS RULESPART ((6)) VII -- ADOPTION BY REFERENCE
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending General Order No. R-511, Docket No. A-030852, filed 12/22/03, effective 1/22/04)

WAC 480-100-999   Adoption by reference.   In this chapter, the commission adopts by reference all or portions of regulations and standards identified below. They are available for inspection at the commission branch of the Washington state library. The publications, effective date, references within this chapter, and availability of the resources are as follows:

(1) Title 18 Code of Federal Regulations, cited as 18 CFR, including all appendices and amendments is published by the United States Government Printing Office.

(a) The commission adopts the version in effect on April 1, 2003.

(b) This publication is referenced in WAC 480-100-203 (Accounting system requirements) ((and WAC 480-100-208 (Financial reporting requirements))), WAC 480-100-244 (Transferring cash or assuming obligation), WAC 480-100-252 (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 1), and WAC 480-100-268 (Essential utilities services contracts report).

(c) Copies of 18 CFR are available from the U.S. Government Printing Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

(2) The Regulations to Govern the Preservation of Records of Electric, Gas, and Water Companies is published by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

(a) The commission adopts the version in effect in 1985.

(b) This publication is referenced in WAC 480-100-228 (Retention and preservation of records and reports).

(c) The Regulations to Govern the Preservation of Records of Electric, Gas, and Water Companies is a copyrighted document. Copies are available from NARUC in Washington, D.C.

(3) The National Electrical Code is published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

(a) The commission adopts the version published in 2002.

(b) This publication is referenced in WAC 480-100-163 (Service entrance facilities).

(c) The National Electrical Code is a copyrighted document. Copies are available from the NFPA in Quincy, Massachusetts.

(4) The American National Standard for Electric Meters: Code for Electricity Metering, ANSI C12.1 is published by the American National Standards Institute.

(a) The commission adopts the version published in 2001.

(b) This publication is referenced in WAC 480-100-318 (Meter readings, multipliers, and test constants), WAC 480-100-338 (Accuracy requirements for electric meters), and WAC 480-100-343 (Statement of meter test procedures).

(c) The ANSI C12.1 is a copyrighted document. Copies are available from Global Engineering Documents in Englewood, Colorado.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, 81.04.160 and 34.05.353. 04-01-152 (General Order No. R-511, Docket No. A-030852), 480-100-999, filed 12/22/03, effective 1/22/04; 02-18-033 (Docket No. A-020379, General Order No. R-501), 480-100-999, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 01-11-004 (Docket No. UE-990473, General Order No. R-482), 480-100-999, filed 5/3/01, effective 6/3/01.]


REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 480-100-208 Financial reporting requirements.
WAC 480-100-218 Securities, affiliated interests, and transfers of property.

OTS-7478.5

PART I -- GENERAL RULES
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-205   Application of rules.   The rules in this chapter apply to any water company that distributes, sells, or supplies water, and that meets requirements for commission regulation or jurisdiction under RCW 80.04.010 and WAC 480-110-255 (Jurisdiction). This includes investor-owned water companies that meet the jurisdictional threshold of serving one hundred or more customers or receive average revenue of four hundred twenty-nine dollars or more per customer per year.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-205, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04)

WAC 480-110-215   Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-110 WAC.   (((1) The commission may grant an exemption of any rule in this chapter, if consistent with the public interest, the purposes underlying regulation, and applicable statutes.

(2) To request a rule exemption, a person must file with the commission a written request identifying the rule for which an exemption is sought and giving a full explanation of the reason the exemption is requested.

(3) The commission will assign the request a docket number, if needed, and schedule the request for consideration at one of its regularly scheduled open meetings or, if appropriate under chapter 34.05 RCW, in an adjudication. The commission will notify the person requesting the exemption, and other interested persons, of the date the commission will consider the request.

(4) The commission will enter an order granting or denying the request or setting it for hearing, pursuant to chapter 480-07 WAC.)) The commission may grant an exemption from the provisions of any rule in this chapter in the same manner and consistent with the standards and according to the procedures set forth in WAC 480-07-110 (Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), 480-110-215, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-215, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-225   ((Saving clause.)) Additional requirements.   ((The commission may impose additional or different requirements on any water company in response to a complaint or on its own motion. These rules do not relieve any water company from any of its duties and obligations under the laws of the state of Washington.)) (1) These rules do not relieve any company from any of its duties and obligations under the laws of the state of Washington.

(2) The commission retains the authority to impose additional or different requirements on any company in appropriate circumstances, consistent with the requirements of law.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-225, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-227   Severability.   If any provision of this chapter or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-235   Definition of control.   (1) For purposes of determining commission jurisdiction over a water company as defined in RCW 80.04.010, "control" means the water system operator or manager has discretion over the property or finances or operations of a water company which is normally exercised by an owner. Factors indicating control include, but are not limited to, whether the operator or manager:

(a) May authorize the purchase or sale of all or part of the water system or its water rights;

(b) May authorize capital additions or improvements to the system;

(c) May accept contributed plant;

(d) May authorize the expenditure or acquisition of funds ((which)) that encumber any asset of the company;

(e) May authorize the expenditure of funds for nonwater company purposes;

(f) Receives compensation of a type or amount having no reasonable relationship to the work performed or to be performed.

(2) Control does not include management by a satellite agency as defined in chapter 70.116 RCW if the satellite agency is not an owner of the water company.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-235, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-245   Glossary.   "Applicant" means any person, partnership, firm, corporation, municipality, cooperative organization, governmental agency, etc., that has completed a water company's application for water service.

"Commission" means the Washington utilities and transportation commission.

"Contributions in aid of construction" means any money, services or property received by a water company to fund capital investments at no cost to the company with no obligation to repay.

"Customer" means:

Anyone who has paid water company fees and/or has an accepted application for service; or

Anyone whose service connection is installed and is currently paying a ready-to-serve charge; or

Anyone who is actually receiving water service from the company with the knowledge of the company.

"Extension" means the water mains and equipment necessary to extend the company's transmission and distribution infrastructure. An extension may also be called a distribution extension, a main extension, or a line extension.

"Facilities charge" means a one-time fee that a new customer must pay, consistent with WAC 480-110-455 (Water company funding mechanisms), before the company will connect the customer's property to the water system.

"Initial tariff" means:

The tariff filed by a water company when it first becomes subject to the jurisdiction of the commission; or

The tariff filed by a water company that was formerly subject to commission jurisdiction, and has once again become jurisdictional. It does not mean a tariff filed to add a newly acquired system or company to the tariff of a currently jurisdictional company.

"Jurisdictional customer" means anyone who is actually receiving water service.

"Potential customer" means anyone to whom the water company has given a letter agreeing to provide service; and

The letter is currently enforceable and has not expired by its own terms; and

The property is not yet receiving any type of service.

"Primary contaminants" means substances that, when present in drinking water at levels exceeding designated maximum contaminant levels (MCL), may adversely affect the health of consumers. These MCLs are established as water quality "primary standards" and are based on chronic, nonacute, or acute human health effects.

"Rate increase filing" means any filing by the company that would:

Increase gross annual revenues of the company from activities regulated by the commission; or

Restructure tariffs so that one class of customer would provide more gross revenue than under the prior tariff structure. The term does not mean filings designed only to recover governmentally imposed taxes or periodic rate adjustments that have been authorized by commission order.

"Ready-to-serve charge" means the charge assessed by the water company when:

The water company has the ability to provide water service;

The water company has committed to provide water service; and

There is an installed service connection at the customer's property.

"Reconnect charge" means the charge specified in the company's tariff for restoring water service that has been disconnected:

At the customer's request; or

For nonpayment; or

For failure to comply with the company's rules.

"Service area" means the geographic area to which the company intends to provide water service using current plant.

"Service connection" means the pipes, valves, and fittings between the water company's distribution system and the customer's service line.

"Standby charge" means a charge imposed by some unregulated companies for having transmission and distribution infrastructure installed but without the current ability to provide water. It is also sometimes referred to as a system-readiness fee. The commission does not authorize this type of charge for regulated water companies.

"Surcharge" means a monthly charge or fee paid to the water company for plant or expenses. The surcharge is in addition to regular monthly service fees and typically has an expiration date or dollar limit and is subject to specific accounting requirements.

"Water company" or "company" means any corporation, company, association, joint stock association, partnership or person, their lessees, trustees or receivers appointed by any court whatever, owning, controlling, operating or managing any water plant within the state of Washington for the purpose of furnishing water service to the public for hire and subject to the jurisdiction of the commission. It does not include management by a satellite management agency as defined in chapter 70.116 RCW if the satellite agency is not an owner of the water company.

"Water system" means all plant, equipment, and other assets used to provide water service for a specific location.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-245, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-261   Maps.   Each water company shall maintain a current map of each of its water systems showing the current service area. The company must provide the current maps to the commission for review within five business days of a request. The maps must contain enough detail to answer questions related to rates and charges and obligations to serve.

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PART II -- COMMON RULES
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Docket No. A-020405, General Order No. R-504, filed 10/16/02, effective 1/1/03)

WAC 480-110-335   Establishing credit and deposits.   (1) Establishing credit - residential. A company may not collect a security deposit if an applicant for residential service can establish satisfactory credit by any one of the following:

(a) The applicant had prior service with the company or another water company for twelve months before the application date and:

(i) Service was not disconnected for nonpayment;

(ii) The customer received no more than one delinquency notice; and

(iii) References with the other company (if applicable) can quickly and easily be checked. The company may request that the references from the previous company be in writing.

(b) The applicant had consecutive employment during the prior twelve months with no more than two employers and is currently employed or has a regular source of income.

(c) The applicant owns or has a legal interest in the premises being served.

(d) The applicant can furnish a satisfactory guarantor who will be responsible for payment of water service bills in the event of disconnection or default by the customer, in a specified amount, not to exceed the amount of the cash deposit required.

(e) The applicant personally produces at the company's business office two major credit cards, or other credit references that the company can quickly and easily check, that demonstrate a satisfactory payment history.

(2) Establishing credit - nonresidential. A company may require an applicant for nonresidential water service to demonstrate that the applicant is a satisfactory credit risk by reasonable means appropriate under the circumstances.

(3) Deposit requirements. A company may require a deposit if:

(a) The applicant has failed to establish a satisfactory credit history as outlined in subsections (1) or (2) of this section;

(b) The applicant's service from another water company was disconnected for failure to pay amounts owing when due during the twelve months before the application date;

(c) The applicant has an unpaid, overdue balance owing for similar service from the water company to which application is being made or from any other water company;

(d) Two or more delinquency notices have been served on the applicant by any water company during the prior twelve months; or

(e) The application is for beginning or continuing service to a residence where a prior customer still lives and owes a past due bill to the company.

(4) Deposit amount. Deposits required for a customer or location must not exceed:

(a) Two-twelfths of the estimated annual billings for companies billing monthly;

(b) Three-twelfths of estimated annual billings for companies billing bimonthly;

(c) Four-twelfths of estimated annual billings for companies billing trimonthly.

(5) Transfer of deposit. When a customer moves to a new address within the company's service territory, the deposit plus accrued interest, less any outstanding past-due balance owing from the old address, must be transferred to the new address or refunded.

(6) Interest on deposits. Companies that collect customer deposits must pay interest on those deposits calculated:

(a) For each calendar year, at the rate for the one-year Treasury Constant Maturity as of November 15 of the previous year, as calculated by the U.S. Treasury, ((as)) and published in the Federal Reserve's Statistical Release H.15 ((on January 15 of that year. If January 15 falls on a nonbusiness day, the company will use the rate posted on the next following business day)); and

(b) From the date of deposit to the date of refund or when applied directly to the customer's account.

(7) Deposit payment arrangements. The company must allow an applicant or customer the option of paying fifty percent of the deposit prior to service, and paying the remaining balance in equal amounts over the next two months, on the dates mutually agreed upon between the applicant or customer and the company. The company and applicant or customer may make other mutually acceptable deposit payment arrangements.

(8) Receipt for deposit. A company must furnish a receipt to each applicant or customer for the amount deposited.

(9) When refund of deposits is required. A company must refund deposits plus accrued interest when there has been satisfactory payment, as defined in (a) of this subsection, or when service is terminated.

(a) "Satisfactory payment" means a customer has paid for service for twelve consecutive months in a prompt and satisfactory manner as evidenced by the following:

(i) The company has not started a disconnection process against the customer; and

(ii) The company has sent no more than two delinquency notices to the customer.

(b) Termination of service. When service is terminated, the company must return to the customer the deposit amount plus accrued interest, less any amounts due the company by the customer.

(10) How deposits are refunded. The company must refund any deposit plus accrued interest, as indicated by the customer at the time of deposit, or as modified by the customer on a later date, using one of the following methods:

(a) A check issued and mailed to the customer no later than fifteen days following completion of twelve months of satisfactory payment, as described above; or

(b) A credit applied to the customer's account for service beginning in the thirteenth month.

(11) Additional deposit. If a deposit or additional deposit amount is required after the service is established, the reasons must be specified to the customer in writing. Any request for a deposit or additional deposit amount must comply with the standards outlined in subsections (1) and (2) of this section. If the original deposit was secured by a guarantor and the guarantor does not agree to be responsible for the additional deposit amount, the customer will be held responsible for paying the additional deposit.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, and 81.04.160. 02-21-066 (Docket No. A-020405, General Order No. R-504), 480-110-335, filed 10/16/02, effective 1/1/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-335, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-355   ((Discontinuance)) Discontinuing of service.   (1) Service may be disconnected either by customer direction or by company action:

(a) Customer-directed(( - )). Customers wanting to discontinue service must notify the water company. The company must disconnect the service as requested by the customer. If the customer fails to request disconnection of service the customer will be responsible to continue paying for water service at the company's tariff rate until the company becomes aware that the customer vacated the property.

(b) Company-directed: Notice requirements - After properly notifying the customer, as explained in subsection (3) of this section, the water company may discontinue service to its customers for:

(i) Unpaid bills, as provided for in WAC 480-110-375 (Form of bills);

(ii) Water use for purposes or properties other than those specified in the customer's application for service;

(iii) Willful waste of water through improper or defective piping, equipment, or otherwise;

(iv) Piping or equipment that does not meet the company's standards or fails to comply with other applicable codes and regulations;

(v) Tampering with the company's property;

(vi) Vacating the premises;

(vii) Nonpayment of any proper charges, including deposit, as provided in the company's tariff;

(viii) Refusing to allow access as required in WAC 480-110-305 (Access to premises);

(ix) Violating rules, service agreements, or effective tariffs, including violation of outdoor watering instructions given to customers in order to curtail water use during time of shortage;

(x) Use of equipment that detrimentally affects the company's service to its other customers.

(c) Service obtained by fraud: No notice required before termination - A water company may terminate service without notice when it discovers that a customer has obtained service fraudulently. Examples of fraud include: When service is connected without the company's knowledge, when service is obtained by fraudulent means or representations, or when service is used to provide service to other persons who are required to obtain their own service.

(i) First offense: The company may disconnect service immediately and without prior notice when it discovers fraud, unless the customer immediately pays:

(A) The tariff rate for service that the company estimates was taken fraudulently; plus

(B) All company costs resulting from the fraudulent use and all applicable fees; plus

(C) Any applicable required deposit.

(ii) Second offense: The company may disconnect service immediately and without prior notice when it discovers further fraud. The company may refuse to reconnect service to a customer who has been disconnected for further fraud.

(iii) Commission review: A customer may ask the commission to review any company determination of fraud through an informal or formal complaint. The company has the burden of proving that fraud occurred. However, this rule does not relieve any person who has committed fraud from civil or criminal responsibility.

(2) Medical emergencies(( - )). When a water company has cause to disconnect or has disconnected a residential service, it must postpone disconnection of service or must reinstate service for a grace period of five business days after receiving either verbal or written notification of the existence of a medical emergency. In cases of actual emergencies when service is reinstated, payment of a reconnection charge and/or deposit shall not be required prior to reinstatement of service.

(a) The company may require that the customer, within five business days, submit written certification from a qualified medical professional stating that the disconnection of water service would significantly endanger the physical health of a resident of the household. "Qualified medical professional" means a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant authorized to diagnose and treat the medical condition without supervision of a physician. Nothing in this section precludes a company from accepting other forms of certification, but the maximum the company can require is written certification. If the company requires written certification, it may require that the certification include some or all of the following information:

(i) Residence location;

(ii) An explanation of how the physical health of the person will be endangered by disconnection of local service;

(iii) A statement of how long the condition is expected to last; and

(iv) The title, signature and telephone number of the person certifying the condition.

(b) A medical emergency does not excuse a customer from paying delinquent and ongoing charges. The company may require that the customer do the following within the five business day grace period: Pay a minimum of twenty-five percent of the delinquent balance and enter into an agreement to pay the remaining delinquent balance within ninety days and to pay subsequent bills when due. Nothing in this section precludes the company from agreeing to an alternate payment plan, but the company may not require the customer to pay more than this subsection prescribes. The company must send a notice to the customer confirming the payment arrangements within two business days.

(c) If within the five-day grace period the customer fails to provide an acceptable payment arrangement, the company may disconnect service without further notice.

(d) If the customer fails to abide by the terms of the payment agreement the company may disconnect service without further notice.

(e) The medical certification is valid only for the length of time the health endangerment is certified to exist but no longer than six months unless renewed.

(3) Required notice prior to disconnecting service(( - Water companies)). Each water company must notify customers before disconnecting their service except in case of danger to life or property, fraudulent use, impairment of service, or violation of law. In all other cases, the company must not disconnect service until it has met the following requirements:

(a) The company must serve a written disconnection notice on the customer, either by mail, or, at the company's option, by personal delivery of the notice to the customer's address, attached to the primary door. Each disconnection notice must include:

(i) A delinquent date that is no less than eight business days after the date of personal delivery or mailing if mailed from inside the state of Washington or a delinquent date that is no less than eleven days if mailed from outside of the state of Washington; and

(ii) All pertinent information about the reason for the disconnection notice and how to correct the problem; and

(iii) The company's name, address, and telephone number by which a customer may contact the company to discuss the pending disconnection of service.

(b) In addition to (a) of this subsection, a second notice must be provided by one of the two options listed below:

(i) Delivered notice(( - )). The company must deliver a second notice to the customer and attach it to the customer's primary door. The notice must contain a deadline for compliance that is no less than twenty-four hours after the time of delivery that allows the customer until 5:00 p.m. of the following day to comply; or

(ii) Mailed notice(( - )). The company must mail a second notice, which must include a deadline for compliance that is no less than three business days after the date of mailing if mailed from within the state of Washington or six days if mailed outside the state of Washington.

(c) Disconnection notices must:

(i) Include detailed information pertinent to the situation; and

(ii) Include the company's name, address and telephone number by which the customer may contact the company to discuss the pending disconnection of service; and

(iii) Expire after ten business days from the first day that the company may disconnect service, unless other mutually agreed upon arrangements have been made and confirmed in writing by the company. If mutually accepted arrangements are not kept, the company may disconnect service without further notice.

(d) Except in case of danger to life or property, companies may not disconnect service on Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, or on any other day on which the company cannot reestablish service on the same or following day.

(e) A company employee dispatched to disconnect service must accept payment of a delinquent account at the service address if tendered in cash, but is not required to give change for cash tendered in excess of the amount due and owing. The company must credit any excess payment to the customer's account. When disconnection does not take place due to payment made by the customer, the company may assess a fee for the disconnection visit to the service address as provided in the company's tariff. The disconnection notice must describe the disconnection visit charge, the amount, and the circumstances under which the charge will be made.

(f) When service is provided through a master meter, or when the utility has reasonable grounds to believe service is to other than the customer of record, the company must undertake reasonable efforts to inform occupants of the service address of the impending disconnection. Upon request of one or more service users, where service is to other than the customer of record, a minimum period of five days must be allowed to permit the service users to arrange for continued service.

(g) When service is provided to a hospital, medical clinic with resident patients, or nursing home, notice of pending disconnection must be provided to the director of the Washington department of health, and to the customer. Upon request to the company from the Washington department of health director or designee, an additional five business days must be allowed before disconnecting service to allow the department to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the interests of resident patients who are responsibilities of the Washington department of health.

(h) Service may not be disconnected while the customer is pursuing any remedy or appeal provided by these rules or while engaged in discussions with the company's representatives or with the commission. However, any amounts not in dispute must be paid when due and any conditions posing a danger to health, safety, or property must be corrected.

(4) Payments at a payment agency(( - )). Payment of any past due amounts to a designated payment agency of the water company constitutes payment when the customer informs the company of the payment and the company has verified the payment with the payment agency.

(5) Reconnecting water service after disconnection(( - )). The water company must restore disconnected service when the customer has paid, or the company has agreed to bill, any reconnection charge and:

(a) The causes of disconnection are removed; or

(b) The customer pays all proper charges; or

(c) The customer pays any applicable deposit as provided for in the company tariff in accordance with WAC 480-110-335 (Establishing credit and deposits).

The commission may order reconnection pending resolution of any bona fide dispute between the company and the customer over the propriety of disconnection.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-355, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-365   Service responsibilities.   (1) Customer responsibility - Customers must notify the water company in writing prior to making a change in equipment or usage that will materially affect the service being provided by the company. The customer must:

(a) Provide the company adequate time to install necessary additional facilities or supply; and

(b) Pay an equitable share of the cost of necessary additional facilities, if any, as provided in the company's tariff or through a contract submitted to the commission for approval.

(2) Water company responsibility(( - Water companies)). Each water company must:

(a) Install and maintain all equipment at appropriate locations necessary to operate the system;

(b) Install additional equipment as required by the commission in connection with performing special investigations; and

(c) Notify all affected customers when changes to the service will require customers to adjust their equipment.

(i) If the customer has been advised of the needed change prior to taking service, the company has no obligation to pay for any costs in connection with making required changes to the customer's equipment.

(ii) If the change in service is required by law, the company has no obligation to pay for any costs in connection with making required changes to the customer's equipment.

(iii) Otherwise when equipment must be adjusted to permit use under the changed conditions, the cost of any necessary adjustments must be equitably shared by the company and customer.

(3) Maintenance(( - )). Each water company must maintain its plant and system in a condition that enables it to furnish adequate service and meet its obligation under chapter 246-290 WAC, Public water supplies or chapter 246-291 WAC, Group B public water systems, as applicable.

(4) Quality of water(( - )). Each water company must meet Washington department of health requirements under chapter 246-290 or 246-291 WAC, as applicable.

(5) Protection of water supply(( - )). Each water company must protect its sources of supply, as required by Washington department of health under chapter 246-290 or 246-291 WAC, as applicable.

(6) Operations and maintenance(( - )). Each water company must comply with Washington department of health rules regarding operation and maintenance, as required under chapter 246-290 or 246-291 WAC as applicable, and by good engineering practices.

(7) Test records(( - )). Each water company must:

(a) Keep a complete record of each test made for quality and service conditions as required under these rules. The records must contain complete information concerning the test, including such items as the commission may require;

(b) Provide the records to the commission staff upon request.

(8) Interruption of service and service outages:

(a) Each water ((companies)) company must make all reasonable efforts to avoid outage of service but are not insurers in the event of emergency, acts of God, or similar event. When outages do occur, the company must make reasonable efforts to reestablish service with a minimum of delay.

(b) When making necessary repairs or changes to its facilities, a water company:

(i) May interrupt service for a period of time as reasonably necessary and in a manner that minimizes the inconvenience to the customers; and

(ii) Must attempt to do the work during working hours regularly maintained by the company.

(c) A water company may interrupt service without incurring any liability.

(9) Notice of service interruptions(( - Water companies)). Each water company must:

(a) Notify its customers of a scheduled interruption twenty-four hours in advance through newspapers, radio announcements, or other means;

(b) Notify police and fire departments affected by the interruption individually;

(c) Keep a record of all interruptions of service affecting a substantial number of customers, including in such records:

(i) The location;

(ii) The date and time;

(iii) The duration; and

(iv) The cause of each interruption, if known.

(d) Provide copies of records to the commission staff, upon request;

(e) Notify the Washington department of health.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-365, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-375   Form of bills.   (1) Customer bills must:

(a) Be issued at intervals not to exceed three months and identify if the water company is billing in arrears or advance;

(b) Show a reference to the applicable rate schedule;

(c) Identify and show each separate charge as a line item;

(d) Show the total amount of the bill;

(e) Include enough information that, together with tariff rates, the customer can calculate his or her bill (a copy of the tariff is available for review at company or from the commission upon request);

(f) Show the date the bill becomes delinquent if not paid. The minimum specified time must be fifteen days after the bill's mailing date, if mailed from within the state of Washington, or eighteen days if mailed from outside the state of Washington, after the bill's mailing date.

A customer may request to pay by a certain date that is not the normally designated payment date when showing good cause. Good cause may include, but is not limited to, adjustment of a billing cycle to parallel receipt of income. The preferred payment date must be prior to the next invoice date.

(g) Include the water company's name, business address, and telephone number and/or emergency telephone number by which a customer may contact the company;

(h) If the customer is metered, include the current and previous meter readings, the current read date, and the number and kind of units consumed;

(i) Show taxes and any tax percentage rate that the taxes are computed from. Taxes must be totaled to show a total taxed amount. Upon request, the company must provide a detail of the computation of the tax amount. Taxes, as used here, represent municipal occupation, business and excise taxes that have been levied by a municipality against the company, and are being passed on to the customer as a part of the charge for water service; and

(j) Clearly identify when a bill has been estimated.

(2) ((Water companies)) Each water company may prorate bills for customers who have taken service for a fraction of the billing period. If the company does not have its method of prorating bills in its tariff, the company must prorate bills in the following manner:

(a) For flat rate service, the charge must be prorated on the basis of the proportionate part of the period during which service was rendered.

(b) For metered service the charge will be equal to:

(i) The applicable minimum charge as shown in the company's tariff must be prorated on the basis of the proportionate part of the period during which service was rendered; plus

(ii) Any water usage charge computed using rates and allowances shown in the company's tariff.

(3) The water company must include its method for estimating bills in its tariff. Estimating of bills is allowed for no more than two consecutive billing cycles.

(4) When a company has cause to back-bill a customer, the company must allow the customer payment arrangements, if requested, for the same number of months to pay equal to the cumulative total of months being back-billed. (Example: If the company is back-billing for a one-year period, the company must allow the customer twelve months of equal payments to pay the total amount of the back billing.) These payments will be in addition to current billings.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-375, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04)

WAC 480-110-385   Water company responsibility for complaints and disputes.   (1) If a water company receives a complaint or dispute from a customer or an applicant for service it must:

(a) Acknowledge the complaint;

(b) Investigate promptly;

(c) Report the results of the investigation to the complainant;

(d) Take corrective action, if warranted, as soon as appropriate under the circumstances;

(e) Inform the complainant that the decision may be appealed to a higher level representative at the company, if any;

(f) Inform the complainant, if still dissatisfied after speaking with the higher level representative, of the commission's availability for review of the complaint; and

(g) Provide the complainant with the commission's address and toll-free telephone number.

(2) Applicants, customers, or their representatives, may file with the commission:

(a) An informal complaint against the company as set forth in WAC 480-07-910 (Informal complaints); and/or

(b) A formal complaint against the company as set forth in WAC 480-07-370 (Pleadings -- General).

(3) When commission consumer affairs staff refers an informal complaint to the company, the company must:

(a) Investigate and report the results to the commission consumer affairs staff within two business days. The commission consumer affairs staff may grant an extension of time for responding to the complaint, if requested and warranted;

(b) Keep the commission consumer affairs staff informed of progress toward the solution and the final result.

(4) Each water company must keep a record of all complaints concerning service or rates for at least one year and, on request, make them readily available for commission review. The record must contain:

(a) Complainant's name and address;

(b) Date and nature of the complaint;

(c) Action taken; and

(d) Final result.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), 480-110-385, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-385, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-395   Water quality refunds.   (1) ((Water companies)) Each water company may be required to refund water charges due to poor water quality only:

(a) Upon commission order resulting from a formal proceeding before the commission; and

(b) When there are violations of the Washington department of health water quality standards in WAC 246-290-310 (((primary contaminants))) (Maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) and maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs)); and

(c) If the company does not take follow up steps outlined in WAC 246-290-320 (Follow-up action).

(2) The amount of the refund will be determined in a formal proceeding before the commission and is not recoverable through rates or charges.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-395, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-415   Meters.   (1) Water company rights and responsibilities:

(a) ((The)) Each water company must:

(i) Bear the cost of the meter and meter installation.

(ii) Install water meters that are in working order and accurately measure water flow.

(iii) Record meter serial numbers and identify location of installation.

(iv) Repair or replace a malfunctioning meter at its expense unless a customer causes the malfunction.

(b) The water company may:

(i) Install meters and charge the tariff meter rate after thirty days notice to affected customers.

(ii) Install any apparatus to detect fraud or waste without notifying the customer.

(2) Water customer rights and responsibilities:

(a) A customer may request that a standard residential meter as defined in the company's tariff be installed, provided that metered rates are in effect.

(b) When a customer requests a meter installation, the water company may charge the customer in advance for the meter cost and meter installation, if such charge is included in the company's tariff. The company must reimburse the customer, by bill credit, at least ten percent of the meter and installation charge each month until fully paid.

(c) The water company has thirty days from the date of request to install the meter.

(d) If the water company fails to install the meter within the time limit in (c) of this subsection, the customer must be charged only the meter minimum charge until the meter is installed.

(e) If a customer tampers with a meter, the customer will be liable to the company for any repair or replacement costs.

(f) If the customer requests assistance in reading a meter, the water company must provide information on how to read the meter.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-415, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-425   Water company customer notice requirements.   (1) Each water company must submit a draft customer notice((s must be submitted)) to the commission for review at least one week ((prior to)) before the company's planned printing date for distribution.

(2) At a minimum, the water company must notify:

(a) Customers and potential customers who may be affected by the water company's proposal; and

(b) The public affairs section of the commission.

(3) Customers must receive notice thirty days ((prior to)) before the requested effective date when a water company proposes to:

(a) Increase rates;

(b) Change terms and/or conditions of an existing service;

(c) Change the ownership or control of the operating company (see WAC 480-143-210 (Transfer customer notice requirements) for content of notice);

(d) Institute a charge for a service that was formerly provided without charge; or

(e) Eliminate or grandfather any service.

(4) Content of notice for rate change - The notice to customers must contain, at a minimum, the following:


IMPORTANT NOTICE


(a) Date


(b) (Insert water company name) has filed for approval from the Washington utilities and transportation commission to increase rates (insert total annual revenue). If approved, the rates will be effective on (insert effective date).


(c) (Clearly explain the reason for the proposal - be specific.)


Current Rates/Services Proposed Rates
$ $


(d) If you have questions about the proposed filing and how it will affect you, please call (insert company name & office phone number). If you have questions about the rate making process, you may contact the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission at the following address: WUTC, 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive S.W., P.O. Box 47250, Olympia, WA 98504-7250; 1-800-562-6150 (toll-free) or by e-mail comments@wutc.wa.gov.


(e) If you would like to comment on this proposal, it is important for you to do so now. Comments must be submitted in writing or presented at the commission's open meeting to be included as part of the formal record. The commission is interested in receiving your views regarding this proposal whether in favor or not. All open meetings are held in Olympia, WA. If you would like to be added to the commission's mailing list to be notified of the open meeting date, please call 1-800-562-6150 and leave your name, complete mailing address, the water company's name, and a description of the proposal you are interested in.

Sincerely,

(Company Name/Representative)


(5) Notice after commission action is permitted only when the commission approves an increase in federal, state, county or city-imposed taxes, fees or surcharges, and when credits are issued.

(a) At a minimum, notice after commission action must include the effective date, a clear description of changes to rates or services resulting from the commission's decision, and a company contact number where customers may seek additional information.

(b) Any notice after commission action may be accomplished by a bill message, bill insert, printed in a company newsletter, or mailed separately to customers.

(c) The commission may require other notification to the public as it determines necessary.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-425, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]

PART III -- RATES AND CHARGES RULES
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-431   Tariffs.   Tariffs filed by a water company must conform to the rules of this section and chapter 480-80 WAC Utilities general -- Tariffs, unless the commission has authorized deviation from the rules in writing.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-433   Adopted and initial tariffs.   A water company must file revisions to its filed tariff within thirty days of its acquisition of new service area, whether by acquisition of another regulated water company or by acquiring one or more previously unregulated water systems.

(1) Adopted tariffs - when a regulated company acquires another regulated company. Any regulated water company acquiring a regulated water company must adopt the latter's tariff. An adoption form must be completed and filed with the commission by the acquiring water company within thirty days of the acquisition. The commission will supply an adoption form upon request.

(2) Incorporate into existing tariff - when a regulated water company acquires a nonregulated company.

(a) When a regulated water company acquires a nonregulated water company or water system, the acquiring water company must file a separate tariff page indicating the name of the newly acquired company or system with the rates and charges that were in existence before the acquisition.

(b) If the acquired nonregulated company or water system was previously subject to commission jurisdiction, the acquiring water company must file a separate tariff page indicating the name of the newly acquired company or system with the rates and charges in effect for the acquired company at the time the acquired company was removed from regulation.

(c) No other rates and charges may apply to the customers on the newly acquired system except those specifically shown on the new tariff page unless the company obtains the commission's approval to charge a different rate.

(3) Initial tariffs - when a company becomes jurisdictional.

(a) An initial tariff must be filed in a standard tariff format. The commission will provide illustrations of the standard format upon request.

(b) The tariff must be accompanied by a cover letter describing the filing as an initial tariff.

(c) Customers must be notified before the commission receives the filing.

(d) The filing must be accompanied by supporting financial data justifying the proposed rates. See WAC 480-07-530 (General rate proceedings -- Water companies).

(4) Initial tariffs - a company that was previously subject to commission jurisdiction. If a company or water system was previously subject to commission jurisdiction and once again becomes jurisdictional, the company must file a tariff with the rates and charges in effect at the time the company was last removed from regulation.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-445   Service connections and customer service lines.   A service connection is the pipes, valves, and fittings between the water company's distribution system and the customer's service line. The customer's service line is the water line from the customer's points of usage to the water company's service connection.

(1) Service connection charge and service connection length. The length of a service connection can vary depending on where the customer's service line is or will be located. A tariffed service connection charge may be assessed for the cost of a new service connection. However, if the service connection is longer than the distance from the water distribution main to the outside edge of the right of way or easement that runs along or parallel to the water distribution main and closest to the customer's property line, the cost of such an extension may be financed as line extension, at the option of the company. The related line extension contract is subject to approval by the commission under WAC 480-110-435 (Extension contracts).

(2) Service connections may be installed when the system is built or at a later date, after the system is operational. A service connection charge may be based on the average installation cost for new service connections in subsection (3)(a) and (b) of this section. The service connection must be owned and maintained by the water company.

(3) A water company may assess a service connection charge, if named in its tariff, to recover the cost of the service connection:

(a) Installed by the water company during construction of the water system; or

(b) Installed after the distribution system had been buried and in service; or

(c) When the service connection has been previously removed for good cause and must be reinstalled to provide water service.

(4) A service connection charge must not be assessed if:

(a) The water company did not incur any cost to install the service connection (e.g., the service connection is a contribution in aid of construction);

(b) The water company is just installing a meter; or

(c) The water company is merely opening a valve to connect the company's distribution system to the customer's service line.

(5) The company may install the service connection to the property line, property corner, or to a location on the property mutually agreed upon. The company may install a meter or valve at any point along the service connection line or at a different mutually agreed location provided that in such event the property line will nevertheless be deemed the point of delivery.

(6) The customer's service line must be installed to provide easy access to the water company's distribution system. If there is doubt as to where the proper location should be, the customer must consult with the water company and agree on a location.

(7) The water company may request that the trench be left open and customer's service line exposed in order to inspect the connection for potential problems. The water company must complete the inspection within two business days after notification that the trench is open.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-445, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]

PART IV -- FINANCIAL RECORDS AND REPORTING RULESSubpart A: General Rules
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-456   Definitions.   The definitions in this section apply to Part IV of this chapter.

"Affiliated interest" means a person or corporation as defined in RCW 80.16.010.

"Business day" means the same as defined in WAC 480-07-120 (Office hours).

"Control" means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a company, whether through the ownership of voting shares, by contract, or otherwise.

"Investment grade" means a water company whose corporate credit/issuer rating is in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poor's L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc.

"Subsidiary" means any company in which the water company owns directly or indirectly five percent or more of the voting securities, unless the water company demonstrates it does not have control.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-457   Filing information.   (1) Filing. The commission records center will accept all reports required in Part IV in person, by mail, or when procedures are in place, electronic mail message.

(2) Commission may require additional information. The commission may require pertinent information in addition to that specified by statute or in this chapter.

(3) Information by reference. When any information required to support a filing is on file with the commission, it is sufficient to make specific reference to the information indicating the proceeding, report, or other filing that contains the referenced information.

(4) When information is unavailable. If any required information is unavailable at the time of the filing, the filing must include the reason why the information is not available and state when it will be available.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-459   Additional reports.   Part IV does not supersede any reporting requirement specified in a commission order or limit the commission's ability to request additional information.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99)

WAC 480-110-465   Expenditures for political ((information and political education)) or legislative activities.   (((1) The commission will not allow expenses for political information or political education activities for ratemaking purposes.

(2) Political information and political education activities include, but are not limited to:

(a) Encouraging support or opposition to ballot measures, legislation, candidates for an office, or current public office holders.

(b) Soliciting support for political action committees.

(c) Gathering data for political mailing lists.

(d) Soliciting political contributions or recruiting political volunteers.)) (1) The commission will not allow either direct or indirect expenditures for political or legislative activities for ratemaking purposes.

(2) For purposes of this rule, political or legislative activities include, but are not limited to:

(a) Encouraging support or opposition to ballot measures, legislation, candidates for a public office, or current public office holders;

(b) Soliciting support for or contributing to political action committees;

(c) Gathering data for mailing lists that are generated for the purposes of encouraging support for or opposition to ballot measures, legislation, candidates for public office, or current office holders, or encouraging support for or contributions to political action committees;

(d) Soliciting contributions or recruiting volunteers to assist in the activities set forth in (a) through (c) of this subsection.

(3) Political or legislative activities do not include activities directly related to appearances before regulatory or local governmental bodies necessary for the utility's operations.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-465, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Docket No. A-0203379, General Order No. R-501, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02)

WAC 480-110-485   ((Retention and preservation of)) Retaining and preserving records and reports.   (1) The water company must retain all records and reports for three years unless otherwise specified in subsection (2) of this section.

(2) The Regulations to Govern the Preservation of Records of Electric, Gas and Water Companies, published by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners is prescribed as the requirement for the state of Washington. Information about the Regulations to Govern the Preservation of Records of Electric, Gas and Water Companies regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-110-999, Adoption by reference.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, 81.04.160 and 34.05.353. 02-18-033 (Docket No. A-020379, General Order No. R-501), 480-110-485, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), 480-110-485, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]

Subpart B: Reporting Requirements
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-505   Accounting and reporting requirements and regulatory fees.   (1) Water companies must use the uniform system of accounts (USOA) published by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Information about the USOA regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-110-999 (Adoption by reference). The USOA sets out the accounting requirements for Class A, B, and C water companies.

Water companies are classified by revenues.


Class Annual Gross Operating Revenue
A $1,000,000 or more
B $200,000 to $999,999
C Less than $200,000

(2) A water company may use the accounting requirements for a higher class if it chooses.

(3) The commission will distribute an annual report form that each water company must complete and file with the commission for the prior calendar year. The annual report must be filed, and the company's regulatory fee paid, no later than May 1 of each year.

(4) A written request for the extension of the time for filing the annual report can be made prior to May 1. The commission does not grant an extension of time for payment of regulatory fees.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-515   Reports of accidents.   Each water company must notify the commission within seventy-two hours after every accident resulting in death or serious injury to any person occurring in its plant or through contact with its facilities. At a minimum, the report must include the name of the injured person, time and place of the accident, and an explanation of the accident. The water company may notify the commission by phone, but must provide a written report within five business days.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-535   Transferring cash or assuming obligations.   (1) At least five business days before a water company that is not rated investment grade or its subsidiary transfers cash to any of its affiliated interests or subsidiaries or assumes an obligation or liability of any of its affiliated interests or any of its subsidiaries, the company must report to the commission an estimate of the amount to be transferred and the terms of the transaction when the transaction will exceed thresholds as described in (a) or (b) of this subsection.

(a) The company must report if the cumulative transactions to a subsidiary or affiliated interest for the prior twelve months exceed a threshold of five percent, which is based on the prior calendar year gross operating revenue from Washington intrastate operations subject to commission jurisdiction.

(b) When the threshold in (a) of this subsection has been reached, the company must report each subsequent transaction exceeding a threshold of one percent for the prior twelve-month period, which is based on the prior calendar year gross operating revenue from Washington intrastate operations subject to commission jurisdiction.

(2) The reporting requirements in subsection (1) of this section do not include payments for:

(a) Federal and state taxes;

(b) Goods, services, or commodities;

(c) Transactions, attributed to the regulated entity, previously approved or ordered by the commission, other regulatory agencies, or the court; or

(d) Dividends to the extent the level of such dividends over a twelve-month period does not exceed the larger of:

(i) Net income during such period; or

(ii) The average level of dividends over the preceding three years; or

(e) Sweep or cash management accounts used to transfer funds to or from a subsidiary or affiliate as part of the customary and routine cash management functions between or among the company and its subsidiary or affiliate.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-545   Affiliated interests -- Contracts or arrangements.   Prior to the effective date of any contract or arrangement described in RCW 80.16.020, each water company must file a verified copy or a verified summary, if unwritten, of contracts or arrangements, except for transactions provided at tariff rates, with any affiliated interest. Prior to the effective date of any modification or amendment, the company must file verified copies of the modifications or amendments to the contracts or arrangements. If the contract or arrangement is unwritten, the company must file a verified summary of any modification or amendment. The commission may institute an investigation and disapprove the contract or arrangement if the commission finds the company has failed to prove that it is reasonable and consistent with the public interest.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-555   Securities and transfers of property.   (1) Before issuing stock, evidence of indebtedness, or any other securities, the company must comply with the requirements of chapters 80.08 RCW and 480-146 WAC.

(2) Before selling, leasing, or assigning any of its property or facilities which are necessary or useful in the performance of its duties to the public, or before acquiring property or facilities of another public utility, a water company must obtain from the commission an order authorizing such transaction in accordance with chapters 80.12 RCW (Transfers of property) and 480-143 WAC (Commission general -- Transfers of property).

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-110-575   Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.   (1) Each Class A water company must file an annual report summarizing all transactions, except for transactions provided at tariff rates, that occurred between the company and its affiliated interests, and the company and its subsidiaries. The report is due one hundred twenty days from the end of the company's reporting period, whether a fiscal or calendar year. The report must include a corporate organization chart of the company and its affiliated interests and subsidiaries.

(2) When total transactions with an affiliated interest or a subsidiary are less than twenty-five thousand dollars for the reporting period, the company must provide the name of the affiliated interest or subsidiary participating in the transactions and the total dollar amounts of the transactions. When total transactions with an affiliated interest or subsidiary equal or exceed twenty-five thousand dollars for the reporting period, the company must provide:

(a) A balance sheet and income statement for such affiliated interest;

(b) A description of the products or services provided to or from the company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(c) A description of the pricing basis or costing method, and procedures for allocating costs for such products or services, and the amount and accounts charged during the year;

(d) A description of the terms of any loans between the company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary and a listing of the year-end loan amounts and maximum loan amounts outstanding during the year;

(e) A description of the terms and total amount of any obligation or liability assumed by the company for each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(f) A description of the activities of each such affiliated interest or subsidiary with which the company has transactions; and

(g) A list of all common officers and directors between the water company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary, along with their titles in each organization.

(3) The report required in this section supersedes the reporting requirements contained in previous commission orders authorizing affiliated interest transactions pursuant to chapter 80.16 RCW.

(4) The company is obligated to file verified copies of affiliated interest contracts and arrangements as stated in WAC 480-110-545 (Affiliated interests -- Contracts and arrangements).

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PART V -- ADOPTION BY REFERENCE
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Docket No. A-020379, General Order No. R-501, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02)

WAC 480-110-999   Adoption by reference.   In this chapter, the commission adopts by reference all or portions of regulations and standards identified below. They are available for inspection at the commission branch of the Washington state library. The publications, effective date, references within this chapter, and availability of the resources are as follows:

(1) The Uniform System of Accounts for Water Utilities is published by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

(a) The commission adopts the version in effect in 1996.

(b) This publication is referenced in WAC ((480-110-275,)) 480-110-505 (Accounting, and reporting requirements and regulatory fees).

(c) The Uniform System of Account for Water Utilities is a copyrighted document. Copies are available from NARUC, in Washington, D.C.

(2) The Regulations to Govern the Preservation of Records of Electric, Gas, and Water Companies is published by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

(a) The commission adopts the version in effect in 1985.

(b) This publication is referenced in WAC 480-110-485((, Retention and preservation of)) (Retaining and preserving records and reports).

(c) The Regulations to Govern the Preservation of Records of Electric, Gas, and Water Companies is a copyrighted document. Copies are available from NARUC, in Washington, D.C.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, 81.04.160 and 34.05.353. 02-18-033 (Docket No. A-020379, General Order No. R-501), 480-110-999, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02.]


REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 480-110-265 Tariffs.
WAC 480-110-275 Accounting and reporting requirements, and regulatory fees.
WAC 480-110-285 Securities, affiliated interest, transfer of property.
WAC 480-110-295 Adopted and initial tariffs.
WAC 480-110-475 Reports of accidents.
WAC 480-110-495 Maps.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04)

WAC 480-120-015   Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-120 WAC.   (((1) The commission may grant an exemption from the provisions of any rule in this chapter, if consistent with the public interest, the purposes underlying regulation, and applicable statutes.

(2) To request a rule exemption, a person must file with the commission a written request identifying the rule for which an exemption is sought, and provide a full explanation of the reason for requesting the exemption. In addition to any other reason, parties may allege force majeure was the factor leading to the request for waiver.

(3) The commission will assign the request a docket number, if it does not arise in an existing docket, and will schedule the request for consideration at one of its regularly scheduled open meetings or, if appropriate under chapter 34.05 RCW, in an adjudication. The commission will notify the person requesting the exemption, and other interested persons, of the date of the hearing or open meeting when the commission will consider the request.

(4) In determining whether to grant the request, the commission may consider whether application of the rule would impose undue hardship on the requesting person, of a degree or a kind different from hardships imposed on other similarly situated persons, and whether the effect of applying the rule would be contrary to the purposes of the rule.

(5) The commission will enter an order granting or denying the request, or setting it for hearing, pursuant to chapter 480-07 WAC.)) The commission may grant an exemption from the provisions of any rule in this chapter in the same manner and consistent with the standards and according to the procedures set forth in WAC 480-07-110 (Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), 480-120-015, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04; 03-01-065 (Docket No. UT-990146, General Order No. R-507), 480-120-015, filed 12/12/02, effective 7/1/03; 01-15-022 (Docket No. UT-990146, General Order No. R-480), 480-120-015, filed 7/11/01, effective 8/11/01.]

Subpart A: General Rules
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-325   Definitions.   The definitions in this section apply to Part VIII of this chapter.

"Affiliated interest" means a person or corporation as defined in RCW 80.16.010.

"Control" means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a company, whether through the ownership of voting shares, by contract, or otherwise.

"Subsidiary" means any company in which the telecommunications company owns directly or indirectly five percent or more of the voting securities, unless the telecommunications company demonstrates it does not have control.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-331   Filing information.   (1) Filing. The commission records center will accept all reports required in Part VIII in person, by mail, or when procedures are in place, electronic mail message.

(2) Commission may require additional information. The commission may require pertinent information in addition to that specified by statute or in this chapter.

(3) Information by reference. When any information required to support a filing is on file with the commission, it is sufficient to make specific reference to the information indicating the proceeding, report, or other filing that contains the referenced information.

(4) When information is unavailable. If any required information is unavailable at the time of the filing, the filing must include the reason why the information is not available and state when it will be available.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-335   Additional reports.   Part VIII does not supersede any reporting requirement specified in a commission order or limit the commission's ability to request additional information.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-339   Streamlined filing requirements for Class B telecommunications company rate increases.   (1) A Class B company, as defined in WAC 480-120-021 (Definitions), may use the streamlined treatment described in this section for seeking a general rate increase, as an alternative to the requirements in WAC 480-07-510 (General rate proceedings -- Electric, natural gas, pipeline, and telecommunications companies).

(2) General information required. A Class B company seeking streamlined treatment for a proposed general rate increase must submit the following information at the time of filing or prior to its first notice to customers, whichever occurs first:

(a) A copy of its customer notice as specified in subsection (6) of this section.

(b) A results-of-operations statement, on a commission basis, demonstrating that the company is not presently exceeding a reasonable level of earnings. If the company is exceeding a reasonable level of earnings, the proposed increase must be reduced accordingly.

(c) All supporting documentation used to develop the results-of-operations statement, including supporting documentation for all adjustments.

(d) The results-of-operations statement filed under this subsection must include Washington intrastate results of operations. If a company cannot provide Washington intrastate results of operations with reasonable accuracy, the commission may consider the total Washington results of operations including the interstate jurisdiction.

(3) Adjustments provided for in the results of operations.

(a) The results-of-operations statement must provide restating actual adjustments and pro forma adjustments in accordance with (b) of this subsection.

(b) Before the achieved return is calculated, a company must adjust the booked results of operations for restating actual and pro forma adjustments, including the following:

(i) Nonoperating items;

(ii) Extraordinary items;

(iii) Nonregulated operating items; and

(iv) All other items that materially distort the test period.

(4) Rate of return. The authorized overall rate-of-return (for purposes of this section only) is eleven and twenty-five one-hundredths percent.

(5) Rate design. A Class B company filing pursuant to this section must clearly describe the basis for allocating any revenue requirement change proposed by customer class (e.g., residential, business, and interexchange).

(6) Customer notice. The company must notify customers consistent with the manner outlined in WAC 480-120-194 (Publication of proposed tariff changes to increase charges or restrict access to services), and must include the following information:

(a) The proposed increase expressed in:

(i) Total dollars and average percentage terms; and

(ii) The average monthly increases the customers in each category or subcategory of service might reasonably expect;

(b) The name and mailing address of the commission and public counsel;

(c) A statement that customers may contact the commission or public counsel with respect to the proposed rate change; and

(d) The date, time, and place of the public meeting, if known.

(7) Public meeting(s). The commission will ordinarily hold at least one public meeting in the area affected by the rate increase within forty-five days after the date of filing.

(8) Final action. The commission will ordinarily take final action on a filing under this section within ninety days after the date of filing.

(9) The commission may decline to apply the procedures outlined in this section if it has reason to believe that:

(a) The quality of the company's service is not consistent with its public service obligations; or

(b) A more extensive review is required of the company's results of operations or proposed rate design.

(10) Nothing in this rule will be construed to prevent any company, the commission, any customer, or any other party from using any other procedures that are otherwise permitted by law.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-344   Expenditures for political or legislative activities.   (1) The commission will not allow either direct or indirect expenditures for political or legislative activities for ratemaking purposes.

(2) For purposes of this rule political or legislative activities include, but are not limited to:

(a) Encouraging support or opposition to ballot measures, legislation, candidates for a public office, or current public office holders;

(b) Soliciting support for or contributing to political action committees;

(c) Gathering data for mailing lists that are generated for the purposes of encouraging support for or opposition to ballot measures, legislation, candidates for public office, or current office holders, or encouraging support for or contributions to political action committees;

(d) Soliciting contributions or recruiting volunteers to assist in the activities set forth in (a) through (c) of this subsection.

(3) Political or legislative activities do not include activities directly related to appearances before regulatory or local governmental bodies necessary for the utility's operations.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-352   Washington Exchange Carrier Association (WECA).   (1) The Washington Exchange Carrier Association (WECA) may:

(a) File petitions with the commission;

(b) Publish and file tariffs with the commission; and

(c) Represent before the commission those members that so authorize. WECA's rules of procedure are on file with the commission under Docket No. UT-920373, and may be obtained by contacting the commission's records center.

(2) Subject to all the procedural requirements and protections associated with company filings before the commission, WECA must submit to the commission:

(a) All initial WECA tariffs; and

(b) All changes to the tariffs.

(3) A member of WECA may file directly with the commission:

(a) Tariffs, price lists, and contracts;

(b) Revenue requirement computations;

(c) Revenue objectives;

(d) Universal service support cost calculations;

(e) Total service long run incremental cost studies;

(f) Competitive classification petition;

(g) Other reports; or

(h) Any other item it or the commission deems necessary.

(4) The commission has the authority to supervise the activities of WECA. However, such supervision will not compromise the independent evaluation by the commission of any filing or proposal that must be submitted to the commission for approval.

(5) To the extent that WECA is involved in the collection and redistribution of funds under commission orders authorizing certain revenue sharing arrangements under common tariff, it must maintain, provide, and report to the commission annual financial reports, by July 1 of each year, relating to the arrangements. Annual financial reports must include:

(a) Actual fund collections and distributions to each member company;

(b) The basis upon which the collection and distribution is made;

(c) Board membership;

(d) Special committee membership; and

(e) The status and description of any open WECA docket proceedings.

(6) Each local exchange company in the state of Washington has the option of using WECA as its filing agent, tariff bureau, or both. Companies using WECA collectively may file intrastate rates, tariffs, or service proposals.

(7) Nothing in this section will be construed as amending or modifying WECA's current methods of administration. WECA's access charge pooling administration plan is on file with the commission and may be obtained by contacting the commission's records center and requesting the "Ninth Supplemental Order in Docket No. UT-971140 with Attachment" dated June 28, 2000.

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Subpart B: Accounting Requirements
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-355   Competitively classified companies.   Competitively classified companies must keep accounts using generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), or any other accounting method acceptable to the commission. In addition, the accounts must allow for identification of revenues for Washington intrastate operations subject to commission jurisdiction.

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Subpart C: Financial Reporting Requirements
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-369   Transferring cash or assuming obligations.   This section does not apply to a company classified as competitive pursuant to RCW 80.36.320, or to a local exchange company that serves less than two percent of the access lines in the state of Washington.

(1) At least five business days before a telecommunications company whose corporate/issuer rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poor's L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc., or its subsidiary that is not rated investment grade or its subsidiary transfers cash to any of its affiliated interests or subsidiaries or assumes an obligation or liability of any of its affiliated interests or any of its subsidiaries, the company must report to the commission an estimate of the amount to be transferred and the terms of the transaction when the transaction will exceed thresholds as described in (a) or (b) of this subsection.

(a) The company must report if the cumulative transactions to a subsidiary or affiliated interest for the prior twelve months exceed a threshold of five percent, which is based on the prior calendar year gross operating revenue from Washington intrastate operations subject to commission jurisdiction.

(b) When the threshold in (a) of this subsection has been reached, the company must report each subsequent transaction exceeding a threshold of one percent for the prior twelve-month period, which is based on the prior calendar year gross operating revenue from Washington intrastate operations subject to commission jurisdiction.

(2) The reporting requirements in subsection (1) of this section do not include payments for:

(a) Federal and state taxes;

(b) Goods, services, or commodities;

(c) Transactions, attributed to the regulated entity, previously approved or ordered by the commission, other regulatory agencies, or the court;

(d) Dividends to the extent the level of such dividends over a twelve-month period does not exceed the larger of:

(i) Net income during such period; or

(ii) The average level of dividends over the preceding three years; or

(e) Sweep or cash management accounts used to transfer funds to or from a subsidiary or affiliate as part of the customary and routine cash management functions between or among the company and its subsidiary or affiliate.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-375   Affiliated interests -- Contracts or arrangements.   Prior to the effective date of any contract or arrangement described in RCW 80.16.020, each telecommunications company subject to the provisions of chapter 80.16 RCW must file a verified copy or a verified summary, if unwritten, of contracts or arrangements, except for transactions provided at tariff rates, with any affiliated interest. Prior to the effective date of any modification or amendment, the company must file verified copies of the modifications or amendments to the contracts or arrangements. If the contract or arrangement is unwritten, the company must file a verified summary of any modification or amendment. The commission may institute an investigation and disapprove the contract or arrangement if the commission finds the company has failed to prove that it is reasonable and consistent with the public interest.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-379   Transfers of property.   Before selling, leasing, or assigning any of its property or facilities which are necessary or useful in the performance of its duties to the public, or before acquiring property or facilities of another public utility, a telecommunications company subject to the provisions of chapter 80.12 RCW must obtain from the commission an order authorizing such transaction in accordance with chapters 80.12 RCW (Transfers of property) and 480-143 WAC (Commission general -- Transfers of property).

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-382   Annual report for competitively classified companies.   The commission will distribute an annual report form including a regulatory fee form. A competitively classified company must:

(1) Complete both forms, file them with the commission, and pay its regulatory fee, no later than May 1 of each year;

(2) Provide total number of access lines as required on the annual report form;

(3) Provide income statement and balance sheet for total company; and

(4) Provide revenues for Washington and Washington intrastate operations subject to commission jurisdiction.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-385   Annual report and quarterly results of operations reports for companies not classified as competitive.   (1) Annual reports for companies not classified as competitive. The commission will distribute an annual report form as specified in (c)(i), (ii), and (iii) of this subsection, and a regulatory fee form. A company not classified as competitive must:

(a) Complete both forms, file them with the commission, and pay its regulatory fee, no later than May 1 of each year;

(b) Provide total number of access lines as required on the annual report form; and

(c) Provide income statement and balance sheet for total company and results of operations for Washington and Washington intrastate.

(i) Class A companies that the FCC classified as Tier 1 telecommunications companies in Docket No. 86-182 must file annual report forms adopted by the FCC.

(ii) All other Class A companies must file annual reports on the form prescribed by the commission.

(iii) Class B companies must file annual reports as prescribed by RCW 80.04.530(2).

(2) Quarterly reports for companies not classified as competitive:

(a) All Class A companies must file results of operations quarterly.

(b) Each report will show monthly and twelve-months-ended data for each month of the quarter reported.

(c) The reports are due ninety days after the close of the period being reported, except for the fourth-quarter report which is due no later than May 1 of the following year.

(3) Methods used to determine Washington intrastate results of operations must be acceptable to the commission.

(4) This rule does not supersede any reporting requirements specified in a commission rule or order, or limit the commission's authority to request additional information.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-395   Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.   (1) By June 1 of each year, each telecommunications company subject to the provisions of chapter 80.16 RCW must file a report summarizing all transactions, except for transactions provided at tariff rates, that occurred between the company and its affiliated interests, and the company and its subsidiaries, during the period January 1 through December 31 of the preceding year.

(2) The information required in this subsection must be for total company, total state of Washington, and Washington intrastate. The report must include a corporate organization chart of the company and its affiliated interests and subsidiaries.

(3) When total company transactions with an affiliated interest or a subsidiary are less than one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the company must provide the name of the affiliated interest or subsidiary participating in the transactions and the total dollar amounts of the transactions. When total company transactions with an affiliated interest or subsidiary equal or exceed one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the company must provide:

(a) A balance sheet and income statement for such affiliated interest;

(b) A description of the products or services provided to or from the company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(c) A description of the pricing basis or costing method, and procedures for allocating costs for such products or services, and the amount and accounts charged during the year;

(d) A description of the terms of any loans between the company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary and a listing of the year-end loan amounts and maximum loan amounts outstanding during the year;

(e) A description of the terms and total amount of any obligation or liability assumed by the company for each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(f) A description of the activities of each such affiliated interest or subsidiary with which the company has transactions; and

(g) A list of all common officers and directors between the company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary, along with their titles in each organization.

(3) The report required in this section supersedes the reporting requirements contained in previous commission orders authorizing affiliated interest transactions pursuant to chapter 80.16 RCW.

(4) The company is obligated to file verified copies of affiliated interest contracts and arrangements as stated in WAC 480-120-375 (Affiliated interests -- Contracts or arrangements).

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Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-120-399   Access charge and universal service reporting.   (1) Intrastate mechanism reporting.

(a) Until legislation creating a new universal service fund is adopted and effective and commission rules to implement the legislation are adopted and effective, each Class A company in the state of Washington and the Washington Exchange Carrier Association, must provide annually:

(i) The actual demand units for the previous calendar year for each switched access tariff rate element (or category of switched access tariff rate elements, both originating and terminating) it has on file with the commission.

(ii) Primary toll carriers (PTCs) must file, in addition to the information required in (a)(i) of this subsection, the annual imputed demand units for the previous calendar year that the company would have had to purchase from itself if it had been an unaffiliated toll carrier using feature group D switched access service (including intraLATA and interLATA, both originating and terminating demand units). For purposes of this subsection, a PTC means a local exchange company offering interexchange service(s) to retail customers using feature group C switched access service for the origination or termination of any such service(s).

(b) The report containing the information required in (a) of this subsection must be filed by July 1 of each year.

(c) Each company providing information required by this section must include complete work papers and sufficient data for the commission to review the accuracy of the report.

(2) Annual state certification requirements for interstate (federal) mechanism. Each eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) in Washington receiving federal high-cost universal service support funds must provide the following to the commission not later than August 31 of each year:

(a) A certification that, during the calendar year preceding the year in which certification is made, the ETC provided the supported services required by 47 U.S.C. 214(e) and described in the commission order granting it ETC status;

(b) A certification that, during the calendar year preceding the year in which certification is made, the ETC advertised the availability of supported services and the charges for them as required by 47 U.S.C. 214(e) and as described in the commission order granting it ETC status;

(c) A certification that funds received by it from the federal high-cost universal service support fund will be used only for the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of the facilities and services for which the support is intended;

(d) The amount of all federal high-cost universal service fund support received for the calendar year preceding the year in which the filing must be made (this includes, but is not limited to, high cost loop support or "HCL," local switching support or "LSS," long term support or "LTS," interstate access support or "IAS," and interstate common line support or "ICLS");

(e) The loop counts on which federal high-cost universal service support was based for support received during the calendar year preceding the year in which the filing must be made;

(f) The certifications required in (a) through (e) of this subsection must be made in the same manner as required by RCW 9A.72.085.

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REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 480-120-301 Accounting requirements for competitively classified companies.
WAC 480-120-303 Reporting requirements for competitively classified companies.
WAC 480-120-304 Reporting requirements for companies not classified as competitive.
WAC 480-120-305 Streamlined filing requirements for Class B telecommunications company rate increases.
WAC 480-120-311 Access charge and universal service reporting.
WAC 480-120-321 Expenditures for political or legislative activities.
WAC 480-120-323 Washington Exchange Carrier Association (WECA).

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Docket No. A-030832, General Order No. R-509, filed 10/29/03, effective 11/29/03)

WAC 480-121-063   Regulatory requirements that may be waived for competitively classified telecommunications companies.   (1) The following regulatory requirements are waived for competitively classified companies:

(a) RCW 80.04.300 (Budgets to be filed by companies -- Supplementary budgets);

(b) RCW 80.04.310 (Commission's control over expenditures);

(c) RCW 80.04.320 (Budget rules);

(d) RCW 80.04.330 (Effect of unauthorized expenditure -- Emergencies);

(e) RCW 80.04.360 (Earnings in excess of reasonable rate -- Consideration in fixing rates);

(f) RCW 80.04.460 (Investigation of accidents);

(g) RCW 80.04.520 (Approval of lease of utility facilities);

(h) RCW 80.36.100 (Tariff schedules to be filed and open to public);

(i) RCW 80.36.110 (Tariff changes -- Statutory notice -- Exception);

(j) Chapter 80.08 RCW (Securities) (except RCW 80.08.140, State not obligated);

(k) Chapter 80.12 RCW (Transfers of property);

(l) Chapter 80.16 RCW (Affiliated interests);

(m) WAC 480-80-101 Tariff requirements through WAC 480-80-143 Special contracts for gas, electric, and water companies;

(n) Chapter 480-140 WAC (Commission general -- Budgets);

(o) Chapter 480-143 WAC (Commission general -- Transfers of property);

(p) Chapter 480-146 WAC (Commission general -- Securities, liens, ((affiliated interests,)) refunding of notes, lease of utility facilities);

(q) WAC 480-120-102 (Service offered);

(r) WAC ((480-120-305)) 480-120-339 (Streamlined filing requirements for Class B telecommunications company rate increases);

(s) WAC 480-120-311 (Access charge and universal service reporting);

(t) WAC ((480-120-321)) 480-120-344 (Expenditures for political or legislative activities); ((and))

(u) WAC ((480-120-323)) 480-120-352 (Washington Exchange Carrier Association (WECA));

(v) WAC 480-120-369 (Transferring cash or assuming obligation);

(w) WAC 480-120-375 (Affiliated interests -- Contracts or arrangements); and

(x) WAC 480-120-395 (Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report).

This rule supersedes all waivers of regulatory requirements for competitively classified companies granted by the commission at the time of a company's competitive classification. However, subsequent to the adoption of this rule, the commission may revoke the waiver of any regulatory requirement set forth in (a) through (((u))) (x) of this subsection or may waive any regulatory requirement not included in (a) through (((u))) (x) of this subsection.

(2) The commission may by order revoke waivers of regulatory requirements if it determines that revocation is necessary to protect the public interest.

(3) In addition, the commission may waive regulatory requirements for telecommunications companies that it has classified as competitive if it determines that competition with the regulatory waiver will serve the same purposes as public interest regulation.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, 81.04.160, and 34.05.353. 03-22-046 (Docket No. A-030832, General Order No. R-509), 480-121-063, filed 10/29/03, effective 11/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 02-11-080 (General Order No. R-499, Docket No. UT-991922), 480-121-063, filed 5/14/02, effective 6/17/02; 01-09-002 (Docket No. U-991301, General Order No. R-481), 480-121-063, filed 4/4/01, effective 5/5/01.]

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Chapter 480-146 WAC

COMMISSION GENERAL -- SECURITIES, LIENS, ((AFFILIATED INTERESTS,)) REFUNDING OF NOTES, LEASE OF UTILITY FACILITIES


REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 480-146-350 Filing of affiliated interest transactions.
WAC 480-146-360 Reporting of affiliated interest transactions.

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Chapter 480-73 WAC

PART I -- GENERAL PROVISIONS
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-010   Application of rules.   The rules in this chapter apply to hazardous liquid pipeline companies regulated as common carriers under Title 81 RCW. The purpose of these rules is to address the economic regulation of liquid pipeline companies regulated as common carriers.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-020   Exemptions from rules in chapter 480-73 WAC.   The commission may grant an exemption from the provisions of any rule in this chapter in the same manner and consistent with the standards and according to the procedures set forth in WAC 480-07-110 (Exceptions from and modifications to the rules in this chapter; special rules).

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-030   Additional requirements.   (1) These rules do not relieve any company from any of its duties and obligations under the laws of the state of Washington.

(2) The commission retains the authority to impose additional or different requirements on any company in appropriate circumstances, consistent with the requirements of law.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-040   Severability.   If any provision of this chapter or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-050   Tariffs.   (1) Each pipeline company must file tariffs in accordance with the requirements set out in chapter 480-149 WAC titled Tariff Circular No. 6.

(2) In addition to the tariff filing requirements in subsection (1) of this section, the tariff must include the pipeline company's nomination and proration policies and procedures.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-060   Definitions.   "Affiliated interest" means a person or corporation as defined in RCW 81.16.010.

"Business days" means the same as defined in WAC 480-07-120 (Office hours).

"Control" means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a company, whether through the ownership of voting shares, by contract, or otherwise.

"Hazardous liquid pipeline companies" or "pipeline company" means any hazardous liquid pipeline company regulated as a common carrier under Title 81 RCW.

"Investment grade" means a pipeline company whose corporate credit/issuer rating is in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poor's L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc.

"Nominations" means the method a shipper uses to reserve pipeline capacity for shipments.

"Proration" means the method the carrier uses to allocate space to shippers when nominations exceed the pipeline capacity.

"Subsidiary" means any company in which the pipeline company owns directly or indirectly five percent or more of the voting securities, unless the pipeline company demonstrates it does not have control.

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PART II -- FINANCIAL RECORDS AND REPORTING RULES
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-110   Filing information.   (1) Filing. The commission records center will accept all reports required in Part II in person, by mail, or when procedures are in place, electronic mail message.

(2) Commission may require additional information. The commission may require information in addition to that specified by statute or in this chapter.

(3) Information by reference. When any information required to support a filing is on file with the commission, it is sufficient to make specific reference to the information indicating the proceeding, report, or other filing that contains the referenced information.

(4) When information is unavailable. If any required information is unavailable at the time of the filing, the filing must include the reason why the information is not available and state when it will be available.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-120   Additional reports.   Part II does not supersede any reporting requirement specified in a commission order or limit the commission's ability to request additional information.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-130   Accounting system requirements.   (1) Each pipeline company must use the uniform system of accounts applicable to pipeline companies as published by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations (18 CFR), Part 352 - Uniform System of Accounts Prescribed for Oil Pipeline Companies Subject to the Provisions of the Interstate Commerce Act. Information about the Code of Federal Regulations regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-73-999 (Adoption by reference).

(2) Each pipeline company having multistate operations must maintain records in such detail that the costs of property located and business done in Washington can be readily ascertained in accordance with geographic boundaries.

(3) Any deviation from the uniform system of accounts, as prescribed by the FERC, will be accomplished only after due notice and order of this commission.

(4) This rule does not supersede any commission order regarding accounting treatments.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-140   Expenditures for political or legislative activities.   (1) For ratemaking purposes, the commission will not allow recovery of either direct or indirect expenditures by a pipeline company for political or legislative activities.

(2) For purposes of this rule, political or legislative activities include, but are not limited to:

(a) Encouraging support or opposition to ballot measures, legislation, candidates for a public office, or current public office holders;

(b) Soliciting support for or contributing to political action committees;

(c) Gathering data for mailing lists that are generated for the purposes of encouraging support for or opposition to ballot measures, legislation, candidates for public office, or current office holders, or encouraging support for or contributions to political action committees;

(d) Soliciting contributions or recruiting volunteers to assist in the activities set forth in (a) through (c) of this subsection.

(3) Political or legislative activities do not include activities directly related to appearances before regulatory or local governmental bodies necessary for the pipeline company's operations.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-150   Retaining and preserving records and reports.   Each pipeline company must retain records and reports in accordance with the 18 CFR, Part 356, Preservation of Records for Oil Pipeline Companies, which the commission adopts by reference. Information about the Code of Federal Regulations regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-73-999 (Adoption by reference).

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-160   Annual reports.   (1) Each pipeline company must use the commission's annual report form and attach FERC Form No. 6 promulgated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 18 CFR, Part 357 (Annual, Special or Periodic Reports), for purposes of annual reporting to this commission. Information about the FERC Form No. 6 regarding the version adopted and where to obtain it is set out in WAC 480-73-999 (Adoption by reference).

(2) Each pipeline company must also submit to the commission, in essentially the same format and content as the FERC Form No. 6, a report that documents the costs incurred and the property necessary to provide service to its customers and the revenues obtained in the state of Washington.

(3) Combination and multistate pipeline companies must submit with the annual report their cost allocation methods necessary to develop results of operations in the state of Washington. Approval of cost allocation methods for ratemaking purposes is accomplished only by commission order.

(4) The pipeline company must submit the annual report for the preceding calendar year by May 1 of each year.

(5) Economic regulatory fees. An economic regulatory fee is an annual assessment paid by each company to cover the costs of economic regulation of the industry. The economic regulatory fee is separate from the pipeline safety fee identified in WAC 480-75-240 (Annual pipeline safety fee methodology). The maximum economic regulatory fee is set by statute at one-tenth of one percent of the first fifty thousand dollars of gross intrastate operating revenue plus two-tenths of one percent of any gross intrastate operating revenue in excess of fifty thousand dollars.

(a) The maximum economic regulatory fee is assessed each year, unless the commission issues an order establishing the economic regulatory fee at an amount less than the statutory maximum.

(b) The minimum economic regulatory fee that a pipeline company must pay is twenty dollars.

(c) The twenty-dollar minimum economic regulatory fee is waived for any pipeline company that reports less than twenty thousand dollars in gross operating revenue.

(d) A pipeline company must pay its economic regulatory fee by May 1 each year.

(e) The commission does not grant extensions for payment of regulatory fees.

(f) If a company does not pay its economic regulatory fee by May 1, the commission will assess an automatic late fee of two percent of the amount due, plus one percent interest for each month the fee remains unpaid.

(g) The commission may issue penalty assessments or take other administrative action if a company fails to pay its regulatory fee.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-180   Transferring cash or assuming obligations.   (1) At least five business days before a pipeline company whose corporate/issuer rating is not in one of the four highest rating categories of either Standard & Poor's L.L.C. or Moody's Investors Service, Inc., or its subsidiary transfers cash to any of its affiliated interests or subsidiaries or assumes an obligation or liability of any of its affiliated interests or any of its subsidiaries, the company must report to the commission an estimate of the amount to be transferred and the terms of the transaction when the transaction will exceed thresholds as described in (a) or (b) of this subsection.

(a) The company must report if the cumulative transactions to a subsidiary or affiliated interest for the prior twelve months exceed a threshold of five percent, which is based on the prior calendar year gross operating revenue.

(b) When the threshold in (a) of this subsection has been reached, the company must report each subsequent transaction exceeding a threshold of one percent for the prior twelve-month period, which is based on the prior calendar year gross operating revenue.

(2) The reporting requirements in subsection (1) of this section do not include payments for:

(a) Federal and state taxes;

(b) Goods, services, or commodities;

(c) Transactions, attributed to the regulated entity, previously approved or ordered by the commission, other regulatory agencies, or the court; or

(d) Dividends to the extent the level of such dividends over a twelve-month period does not exceed the larger of:

(i) Net income during such period; or

(ii) The average level of dividends over the preceding three years; or

(e) Payments for sweep or cash management accounts. The foregoing provisions will have no application to sweep and cash management account transfers used to transfer funds to or from a subsidiary or affiliate as part of the customary and routine cash management functions between or among the pipeline company and its subsidiary or affiliate.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-190   Affiliated interests -- Contracts or arrangements.   Prior to the effective date of any contract or arrangement described in RCW 81.16.020, each pipeline company must file a verified copy or a verified summary, if unwritten, of contracts or arrangements, except for transactions provided at tariff rates, with any affiliated interest. Prior to the effective date of any modification or amendment, the company must file verified copies of the modifications or amendments to the contracts or arrangements. If the contract or arrangement is unwritten, the company must file a verified summary of any modification or amendment. The commission may institute an investigation and disapprove the contract or arrangement if the commission finds the company has failed to prove that it is reasonable and consistent with the public interest.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-210   Affiliated interest and subsidiary transactions report.   (1) By June 1 of each year, each pipeline company must file a report summarizing all transactions, except transactions provided at tariff rates, which occurred between the company and each of its affiliated interests, and the company and each of its subsidiaries, during the period January 1 through December 31 of the preceding year.

(2) The information required in this section must be provided for total company and for total state of Washington. The report must include a corporate organization chart showing the pipeline company and how it is related to its affiliated interests and subsidiaries.

(3) When total transactions with an affiliated interest or a subsidiary are less than one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the company must provide the name of the affiliated interest or subsidiary participating in the transactions and the total dollar amounts of the transactions. When total transactions with an affiliated interest or subsidiary equal or exceed one hundred thousand dollars for the reporting period, the company must provide:

(a) A balance sheet and income statement for such affiliated interest to the extent such information is publicly available, and if not publicly available but the balance sheet and income statement of a parent of such affiliated interest is publicly available, then the balance sheet and income statement for such parent must be provided;

(b) A description of the products or services provided to or from the company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(c) A description of the pricing basis or costing method, and procedures for allocating costs for such products or services, and the amount and accounts charged during the year;

(d) A description of the terms of any loans between the company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary and a listing of the year-end loan amounts and maximum loan amounts outstanding during the year;

(e) A description of the terms and total amount of any obligation or liability assumed by the company for each such affiliated interest or subsidiary;

(f) A description of the activities of each such affiliated interest or subsidiary with which the company has transactions; and

(g) A list of all common officers and directors between the pipeline company and each such affiliated interest or subsidiary, along with their titles in each organization.

(4) The company is obligated to file verified copies of affiliated interest contracts and arrangements as stated in WAC 480-73-190 (Affiliated interest -- Contracts and arrangements).

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PART III -- ADOPTION BY REFERENCE
NEW SECTION
WAC 480-73-999   Adoption by reference.   In this chapter, the commission adopts by reference all or portions of regulations and standards identified below. They are available for inspection at the commission branch of the Washington state library. The publications, effective date, references within this chapter, and availability of the resources are as follows:

(1) Title 18 Code of Federal Regulations, cited as 18 CFR, is published by the United States Government Printing Office.

(2) The commission adopts the version in effect on April 1, 2003.

(3) This publication is referenced in WAC 480-73-130 (Accounting system requirements), WAC 480-73-150 (Retaining and preserving records and reports), and WAC 480-73-160 (Annual reports).

(4) Copies of 18 CFR are available from the U.S. Government Printing Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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