WSR 05-08-141

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY


[ Order 05-07 -- Filed April 6, 2005, 10:50 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapters 173-415 and 173-481 WAC, ecology contemplates amending parts of chapter 173-415 WAC by changing sections that deal with applicability, emissions standards, monitoring and reporting (including reports of startup, shutdown, breakdown or upset conditions), and modifying some definitions. Some new sections dealing with consistency with federal regulations and data recovery may be proposed. Some duplicative sections may be eliminated. In chapter 173-481 WAC, ecology is considering amending sections that deal with applicability, definitions, forage and ambient standards, and compliance.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.94.395 and 70.94.331.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Chapter 173-415 WAC has not been amended since 1991. Chapter 173-481 WAC has not been amended since 1987. Since that time, a new federal standard has been promulgated. These rules need to be coordinated with the federal standard.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Environmental Protection Agency regulates air emissions and will be consulted prior to finalizing this rule making.

Process for Developing New Rule: Informal consultations shall occur with interested parties.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting W. Thomas Todd, Washington Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, phone (360) 407-7528, fax (360) 407-7534, e-mail ttod461@ecy.wa.gov. At this time no meetings are scheduled. Please contact Mr. Todd to discuss the progress of this rule.

April 5, 2005

Stuart A. Clark

Program Manager

Washington State Code Reviser's Office