WSR 97-19-064

PERMANENT RULES

ENVIRONMENTAL HEARINGS OFFICE

(Pollution Control Hearings Board)

[Filed September 15, 1997, 3:41 p.m.]

Date of Adoption: September 8, 1997.

Purpose: To conform rules to SHB 1314 and to clarify existing language.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 371-08-310, 371-08-335, and 371-08-555.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.21B.170 and SHB 1314.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 97-15-056 on July 15, 1997.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 2, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 3, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

September 12, 1997

Suzanne M. Skinner

Administrative Appeals Judge

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-17-016, filed 8/12/96, effective 9/12/96)

WAC 371-08-310 Computation of time. (1) The time within which any act shall be done, as provided by these rules, shall be computed by excluding the first day and including the last, unless the last day is a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday, and then it is excluded and the next succeeding day which is neither a Saturday, Sunday nor a legal holiday is included. When the period of time prescribed or allowed is less than seven days, intermediate Saturdays, Sundays and holidays shall be excluded in the computation.

(2) This section also pertains to the period for filing an appeal with the board.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21B.170 and Den Beste v. Washington, No. 13967-1-III (Div. III, April 18, 1996). 96-17-016, 371-08-310, filed 8/12/96, effective 9/12/96.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-17-016, filed 8/12/96, effective 9/12/96)

WAC 371-08-335 Filing a timely appeal with the board. (1) An appeal before the board shall be begun by filing a notice of appeal with the board at the environmental hearings office and by serving a copy of the appeal notice on the agency whose decision is being appealed. For the board to acquire jurisdiction both such filing and such service must be timely accomplished.

(2) The notice of appeal shall be filed with the board within thirty days of the date that a copy of the order or decision is ((mailed)) posted in the United States mail, properly addressed, postage prepaid, to the appealing party. The board's rule governing the computation of time (WAC 371-08-310) shall determine how the thirty-day appeal period is calculated.

(3) An appeal is filed with the board on the date the board actually receives the notice of the appeal, not the date that the notice is mailed. Upon receiving the notice of appeal, the board will acknowledge receipt. The date stamped on the appeal notice shall be prima facie evidence of the filing date. The board may thereafter require that additional copies be filed.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21B.170 and Den Beste v. Washington, No. 13967-1-III (Div. III, April 18, 1996). 96-17-016, 371-08-335, filed 8/12/96, effective 9/12/96.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-15-003, filed 7/3/96, effective 8/3/96)

WAC 371-08-555 ((Notice of appeal to the)) Time for filing petitions for review to superior court. ((All appeals from orders of the board shall be to a superior court, unless the board certifies the order for direct review to the court of appeals. In cases of appeal to superior court, the appealing party shall file with the board and all parties of record a copy of the notice of appeal to the superior court.)) An appeal of a final board order is called a petition for review. A petition for review must be filed with superior court within thirty days of the date that the board issues its final order or decision. The petitioner shall file a copy of the petition for review to superior court with the board and all parties of record. All appeals must first be filed in superior court even if direct review to the court of appeals will be sought.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21B.170. 96-15-003, 371-08-555, filed 7/3/96, effective 8/3/96.]

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