PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: This rule making will:
• Propose a new chapter 173-455 WAC, Air quality fee rule, that will include air quality program fees (from existing chapters as well as some new fees). The new fees will be for the following activities: Air pollution standards variance; portable/temporary source permits; asbestos notification; and land clearing permits.
• Move fees from existing WAC 173-400-045, 173-400-104, 173-400-116 and 173-407-040, to incorporate those fees into the new chapter.
• Move and update fees for WAC 173-425-060, 173-491-030, 173-495-060 and 173-495-070, to incorporate those fees into the new chapter.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 70.94 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Ecology is proposing a new chapter to make it easier for the regulated community to find all of the applicable air quality program fees.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Local air authorities also charge fees for similar activities. Ecology will invite the local air authorities to participate in the rule-making process.
Process for Developing New Rule: Ecology will use an interested party list to share information. After the rule proposal publishes [is published] in the state register, ecology will hold a public hearing and comment period to receive feedback on the proposal.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Leigh Fiedler, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 407-7530, firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 21, 2005
for Stuart Clark