WSR 07-14-147

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

STATE BOARD OF HEALTH


[ Filed July 5, 2007, 9:37 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-291 WAC, Group B public water systems.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.20.050.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The current rule has not been revised since 1995. An evaluation of the Group B public water system regulatory program concludes that revisions are necessary to more effectively deal with issues being encountered today. The objective is to provide more focused regulation in areas where it is needed to make more efficient use of available resources while at the same time improving public health protection.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Washington state department of ecology will be included as an interested party in the process of forming the proposed rule and the decision to adopt the rule.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making. The state board of health will work with the department of health to recruit interested parties to help revise the rule.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Theresa Phillips, Office of Drinking Water, P.O. Box 47822, Olympia, WA 98504-7822, phone (360) 236-3147, fax (360) 236-2253, e-mail theresa.phillips@doh.wa.gov; or Ned Therien, State Board of Health, at (360) 236-4103 or e-mail ned.therien@doh.wa.gov.

June 28, 2007

Craig McLaughlin

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office