PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 173-322 WAC, Remedial action grants and loans.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 34.05 RCW authorizes ecology to adopt and enforce rules, in general, which RCW 70.105D.70 [70.105D.070] authorizes ecology to adopt rules to issue and enforce grants and loans for actions authorized under chapter 70.105D RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The primary reason for this rule amendment is to address statutory changes that have occurred since the rule was last amended. Statutory amendments expanded activities potentially eligible for grants or loans (derelict ships, methamphetamine lab assessment and cleanup, voluntary cleanup program, and area wide groundwater). Additionally, some general housekeeping is necessary along with incorporation of JLARC (Joint Legislative Audit Review Committee) recommendations.
Process for Developing New Rule: Interpretive rule-making process.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Diane Singer, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98509-7600, (360) 407-6062, fax (360) 407-7157; or Michelle Payne, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98509-7600, (360) 407-6129.
A web page and a FOCUS sheet along with a minimum of two public meetings before the formal rule adoption process would be held. During the rule adoption there would be public hearings along with a comment period for citizens and stakeholders to provide input on the proposed rule changes.
June 22, 2004
Cullen D. Stephenson
Solid Waste and
Financial Assistance Program