PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Revision of water works operator certification, chapter 246-292 WAC, to clarify and update revocation and suspension authorities. Other changes may be made to make the rule easier to use and understand.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 70.119 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Revisions to the rule will allow the department to clarify and increase its authority to suspend and revoke a certification subsequent to gross negligence and/or fraudulent operations.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: The department will inform interested parties to help in revising the rule.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Stakeholders will be involved through the Water Works Operator Certification Advisory Committee. In addition, the draft rule will be available for comment upon request and made available through the Office of Drinking Water's newsletter "The Water Tap" explaining the proposal. For more information contact Theresa Phillips, Program Development Section, Office of Drinking Water, P.O. Box 47822, Olympia, WA 98504-7822, (360) 236-3147.
June 8, 2004
M. C. Selecky