WSR 08-20-078

PERMANENT RULES

PUGET SOUND

CLEAN AIR AGENCY

[ Filed September 26, 2008, 11:05 a.m. , effective November 1, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: November 1, 2008.

Purpose: To align the agency permit fees for agricultural burn permits with the statewide fee structure contained in the ecology agricultural burning rule (WAC 173-430-040). The proposal also includes appropriate cross references to chapter 173-430 WAC.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending Sections 8.04 and 8.05 of Regulation I.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 70.94 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-17-060 on August 18, 2008.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: In Section 8.05(a) added: "provided that if there is a conflict between this section and Chapter 173-430 WAC, this section governs."

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: September 25, 2008.

Dennis J. McLerran

Executive Director

AMENDATORY SECTION


REGULATION I SECTION 8.04 GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR OUTDOOR BURNING

(a) The provisions of Chapters 173-425 WAC (Outdoor Burning) and 173-430 WAC (Agricultural Burning) are herein incorporated by reference. It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or allow any outdoor burning unless the burning is in compliance with Chapters 173-425 and 173-430 WAC.

(b) The provisions of Sections 9.05 and 9.15 of Regulation I shall not apply to outdoor burning.

(c) Nothing contained in Article 8 shall be construed to allow outdoor burning in those areas in which outdoor burning is prohibited by laws, ordinances, or regulations of the state or any city, county, or fire district.

(d) Nothing contained in Article 8 shall relieve the applicant from obtaining permits required by any state or local fire protection agency or from compliance with the ((Uniform)) Fire Code.



AMENDATORY SECTION


REGULATION I SECTION 8.05 AGRICULTURAL BURNING PERMITS

(a) Applicability. This section applies to burning permits related to agricultural operations. The definitions and requirements contained in Chapter 173-430 WAC also apply to this section provided that if there is a conflict between this section and Chapter 173-430 WAC, this section governs.

(b) General Requirements. Agricultural burning will be permitted if the following requirements are met:

(1) The natural vegetation being burned is generated from the property of the commercial agricultural operation; and

(2) Burning is necessary for crop propagation or rotation, disease or pest control; and

(3) Burning is a best management practice as established by the Agricultural Burning Practices and Research Task Force (established in RCW 70.94.650 as referenced in WAC 173-430-050); or the burning practice is approved in writing by the Washington State Cooperative Extension Service or the Washington State Department of Agriculture; or the burning is conducted by a governmental entity with specific agricultural burning needs, such as irrigation districts, drainage districts, and weed control boards.

(c) Permit Applications. Agricultural burning permits shall be approved by the Agency prior to burning. The permit application shall be submitted on forms provided by the Agency and shall include:

(1) A copy of the applicant's most recent year's Schedule F (as filed with the Internal Revenue Service);

(2) A written review by the local fire district or fire marshal indicating their endorsement that local requirements have been met; and

(3) A non-refundable permit fee:

(A) For burning up to 10 acres (or equivalent), the fee is $25.00 ($12.50 for local administration and $12.50 for the research fund ((base fee)));

(B) For burning over 10 acres, the fee is (($25.00 plus $2.50 for each additional acre)) $2.25 per acre ($1.25 for local administration, $.50 for the research fund, and $.50 for Ecology administration).

(d) Permit Action and Content.

(1) The Agency will act on a complete application within 7 days of receipt.

(2) All agricultural burning permits shall contain conditions that are necessary to minimize emissions.

(3) All permits shall expire 12 months from date of issuance.

(e) Permit Denial. No permit shall be issued if the Agency determines that the proposed burning will cause a nuisance. All denials shall become final within 15 days unless the applicant petitions the Control Officer for reconsideration, stating the reasons for reconsideration. The Control Officer shall then consider the petition and shall within 30 days issue a permit or notify the applicant in writing of the reason(s) for denial. (For more information on the appeal process, see Section 3.17 of this regulation.)

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