61st Legislature
2009 Regular Session

Passed by the House March 9, 2009
  Yeas 59   Nays 38

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Passed by the Senate April 14, 2009
  Yeas 28   Nays 19

President of the Senate

I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1413 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.

Chief Clerk

Governor of the State of Washington

Secretary of State
State of Washington



Passed Legislature - 2009 Regular Session
State of Washington61st Legislature2009 Regular Session

By House Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives McCoy, Nelson, Quall, and Blake)

READ FIRST TIME 02/20/09.   

     AN ACT Relating to water discharge fees; amending RCW 90.48.465; and creating new sections.


Sec. 1   RCW 90.48.465 and 2002 c 361 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
     (1) The department shall establish ((annual)) fees to collect expenses for issuing and administering each class of permits under RCW 90.48.160, 90.48.162, and 90.48.260. An initial fee schedule shall be established by rule and be adjusted no more often than once every two years. This fee schedule shall apply to all permits, regardless of date of issuance, and fees shall be assessed prospectively. All fees charged shall be based on factors relating to the complexity of permit issuance and compliance and may be based on pollutant loading and toxicity and be designed to encourage recycling and the reduction of the quantity of pollutants. Fees shall be established in amounts to fully recover and not to exceed expenses incurred by the department in processing permit applications and modifications, monitoring and evaluating compliance with permits, conducting inspections, securing laboratory analysis of samples taken during inspections, reviewing plans and documents directly related to operations of permittees, overseeing performance of delegated pretreatment programs, and supporting the overhead expenses that are directly related to these activities.
     (2) The annual fee paid by a municipality, as defined in 33 U.S.C. Sec. 1362, for all domestic wastewater facility permits issued under RCW 90.48.162 and 90.48.260 shall not exceed the total of a maximum of ((fifteen)) eighteen cents per month per residence or residential equivalent contributing to the municipality's wastewater system.
     (3) The department shall ensure that indirect dischargers do not pay twice for the administrative expense of a permit. Accordingly, administrative expenses for permits issued by a municipality under RCW 90.48.165 are not recoverable by the department.
     (4) In establishing fees, the department shall consider the economic impact of fees on small dischargers and the economic impact of fees on public entities required to obtain permits for storm water runoff and shall provide appropriate adjustments.
     (5) The fee for an individual permit issued for a dairy farm as defined under chapter 90.64 RCW shall be fifty cents per animal unit up to one thousand two hundred fourteen dollars for fiscal year 1999. The fee for a general permit issued for a dairy farm as defined under chapter 90.64 RCW shall be fifty cents per animal unit up to eight hundred fifty dollars for fiscal year 1999. Thereafter, these fees may rise in accordance with the fiscal growth factor as provided in chapter 43.135 RCW.
     (6) The fee for a general permit or an individual permit developed solely as a result of the federal court of appeals decision in Headwaters, Inc. v. Talent Irrigation District, 243 F.3rd 526 (9th Cir. 2001) is limited, until June 30, 2003, to a maximum of three hundred dollars. Such a permit is required only, and as long as, the interpretation of this court decision is not overturned or modified by future court rulings, administrative rule making, or clarification of scope by the United States environmental protection agency or legislative action. In such a case the department shall take appropriate action to rescind or modify these permits.
     (7) All fees collected under this section shall be deposited in the water quality permit account hereby created in the state treasury. Moneys in the account may be appropriated only for purposes of administering permits under RCW 90.48.160, 90.48.162, and 90.48.260.
     (8) The department shall present a biennial progress report on the use of moneys from the account to the legislature. The report will be due December 31st of odd-numbered years. The report shall consist of information on fees collected, actual expenses incurred, and anticipated expenses for the current and following fiscal years.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2   INCREASING FEES BY THE FISCAL GROWTH FACTOR. The department of ecology is authorized to increase fees up to the fiscal growth factor for fiscal years 2010 and 2011, except that there may be no increase in fees for fiscal years 2010 or 2011 for categories of dischargers whose fees exceed the costs of managing their permits. The department of ecology, with the advice of an advisory committee, shall evaluate the existing fee structure, including the current inequity of fees relative to permit workload, and report its findings and recommendations to the 2010 legislature.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3   ANNUAL RULE REVISION. The department of ecology is authorized to adjust the fee schedule annually through December 31, 2011.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4   CAPTIONS NOT LAW. Captions used in this act are not any part of the law.

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