WSR 11-09-011

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY


[ Order 11-02 -- Filed April 11, 2011, 9:12 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Rule amendment for chapter 173-224 WAC, Wastewater discharge permit fees.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 90.48.465 Water pollution control.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To increase fees for some wastewater permit fee categories and all stormwater permit fee categories for fiscal year (FY) 2012, by 4.17 percent (the fiscal growth factor projection) and for FY 2013, by 4.34 percent (the fiscal growth factor projection) in anticipation of receiving approval from the 2011 legislature. If approval is not received, FY 2011 fees remain in effect. Monies received fund the wastewater/stormwater discharge permit programs.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Amend an existing rule. Hold public hearings around the state. Direct mailings to those impacted by the rule change and those who are on the interested parties mailing list. Information posted on the ecology listserv and on the permit fee web page http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/permits/permit_fees/index.html.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Bev Poston, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, Bpos461@ecy.wa.gov, (360) 407-6425 work phone or (360) 407-7151 fax.

April 7, 2011

Kelly Susewind, P.E., P.G.

Water Quality Program Manager

Washington State Code Reviser's Office