WSR 11-05-074


[ Filed February 15, 2011, 9:20 a.m. ]


Ecology Issues the New Boatyard General Permit

New Permit Issued: Ecology will issue the new boatyard general permit (permit) on March 2, 2011. This permit replaces the previous permit issued in 2005. It will be effective June 1, 2011.

Purpose of the Permit: The boatyard general permit is a statewide permit that provides coverage for discharges of stormwater and pressure wash water from boatyards. When boatyards build, repair, and paint boats they create pollutants that are carried by stormwater into surface waters. A boatyard, as defined for the purposes of this permit, is a commercial business engaged in the construction, repair, and maintenance of small vessels, eighty-five percent of which are sixty-five feet or less in length, or revenues from which constitute more than eighty-five percent of gross receipts. This definition includes mobile boatyards. There are currently eighty-eight total permitted boatyard facilities in Washington state. The permit prohibits discharge of pressure wash water to surface waters and imposes limits for discharge to POTWs. The permit imposes benchmarks and limits on pollutants discharged in stormwater from boatyards.

Ecology Contact: Gary Bailey, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, phone (360) 407-6433, fax (360) 407-6426, e-mail

Public Notice Process and Comments: Ecology hosted two informational workshops and public hearings, and accepted written and oral comments on the draft permit, fact sheet, and economic impact analysis from April 21 through May 28, 2010. Ecology also accepted written comments on the boatyard Tier II antidegradation analysis plan from November 17 through December 17, 2010. The comments and ecology's response to comments and other permit documents may be downloaded at

You may request a copy of any of the documents from Julie Robertson at (360) 407-6575, or e-mail at

Your Right to Appeal the Permit: You have a right to appeal this permit to the pollution control hearing[s] board (PCHB) within thirty days of the date of receipt of this notice. The appeal process is governed by chapters 43.21B RCW and 371-08 WAC. "Date of receipt" is defined in RCW 43.21B.001(2).

To appeal you must do the following within thirty days of the date of receipt of this permit issuance notice:

File your appeal and a copy of this notice with the PCHB (see addresses below). Filing means actual receipt by the PCHB during regular business hours.

Serve a copy of your appeal and this notice on ecology in paper form - by mail or in person. (See addresses below.) E-mail is not accepted.

Address and Location Information:

Street Addresses Mailing Addresses
Department of Ecology

Attn: Appeals Processing Desk

300 Desmond Drive S.E.

Lacey, WA 98503

Department of Ecology

Attn: Appeals Processing Desk

P.O. Box 47608

Olympia, WA 98504-7608

Pollution Control Hearings Board

1111 Israel Road S.W.

Suite 301

Tumwater, WA 98501

Pollution Control Hearings Board

P.O. Box 40903

Olympia, WA 98504-0903

Washington State Code Reviser's Office