WSR 00-14-032

EXPEDITED ADOPTION

DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY


[ Order 00-20 -- Filed June 29, 2000, 2:02 p.m. ]

Title of Rule: Chapter 173-24 WAC, Tax exemptions and credits for pollution control facilities.

Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to provide tax credits and exemptions for pollution control facilities approved by the appropriate agency.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 82.34 RCW.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 82.34 RCW.

Summary: This amendment is being proposed to correct errors in grammar, punctuation, and to clarify the language of the rule without changing its effect.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Kathy Carpenter, Headquarters, (360) 407-6216; Implementation and Enforcement: Cullen Stephenson, Headquarters, (360) 407-6103.

Name of Proponent: [Department of Ecology], governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The purpose of this rule is to provide tax credits and exemptions for pollution control facilities approved by the appropriate agency.

This amendment corrects typographic errors and updates addresses.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED TO BE ADOPTED USING AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS RULE BEING ADOPTED USING THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Jerry Thielen, Rules Coordinator, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600 , AND RECEIVED BY September 6, 2000.


June 27, 2000

Daniel J. Silver

Deputy Director

OTS-3339.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 78-2, filed 3/14/78)

WAC 173-24-010
Introduction and purpose.

Chapter 82.34 RCW provides for tax credits and exemptions for pollution control facilities approved by the appropriate control agency. ((The purpose of this regulation is to establish a procedure for reviewing applications for tax benefits received from the department of revenue for review by the department of ecology, including the establishment of criteria for identifying the individual facilities within each application and, for each facility, approving the facility, approving the facility as a "dual purpose pollution control facility," or denying the facility.)) The purposes of this rule are to:

(1) Establish a procedure for reviewing applications for tax benefits received from the department of revenue for review by the department of ecology; and

(2) Establish criteria for identifying the individual facilities within each application and, for each facility, either:

(a) Approve the facility;

(b) Approve the facility as a "dual purpose pollution control facility"; or

(c) Deny the facility.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21A.080 and 43.21A.090 and chapter 82.34 RCW. 78-04-015 (Order DE 78-2), 173-24-010, filed 3/14/78; Order DE 70-7, 173-24-010, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 70-7, filed 8/4/71)

WAC 173-24-020
Authority.

This ((regulation)) rule is adopted ((pursuant to)) under the authority granted the director of the department of ecology by RCW 43.21A.080 and 43.21A.090.

[Order DE 70-7, 173-24-020, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 78-2, filed 3/14/78)

WAC 173-24-030
Definitions.

Unless a different meaning is plainly required by the context, the following words as ((hereinafter)) used in this chapter ((shall)) have the following meanings:

(1) "Commercial or industrial operation" ((shall)) means the industrial, manufacturing, waste disposal, utility or other commercial establishment operated by an applicant for a certificate under chapter 82.34 RCW.

(2) "Department" ((shall)) means the Washington state department of ecology.

(3) "Dual purpose pollution control facility" or "dual purpose facility" ((shall)) means a facility in which the portion for the purpose of pollution control is so integrated into the total facility with portions for other purposes that separation into identifiable component parts is not possible.

(4) "Facility" ((shall)) means any treatment works, control device((s)), disposal system((s)), machinery, equipment, structure((s)) or property for which a certificate is applied for under chapter 82.34 RCW or any physically or conceptually identifiable part or ((accessories)) accessory thereof.

(5) "Necessary to the manufacture of products" ((shall)) means that without which manufacture of products at the present or proposed level could not be undertaken.

If the manufacture of products could be undertaken at present levels without a facility, even though ((such)) the manufacture would be uneconomical or impractical, such a facility is not necessary to the manufacture of products. However, if a commercial or industrial operation is recovering or producing chemicals or heat for use in the manufacturing process at the time it submits an application, then any facilities necessary for ((such)) production or for recovery of chemicals at present percentage rates will be considered necessary to the manufacture of products.

(6) "Pollution" ((shall)) means "air contaminant" and "air pollution" as defined in RCW 70.94.030, and "pollution" as defined in RCW 90.48.020.

(7) "Products" as used in the phrase, "manufacture of products," ((shall)) includes the item or items which an industrial operation is designed primarily to manufacture or produce.

(8) "Regional or local air pollution control authority" ((shall)) means any local or regional entity or control program considered as an "authority" for the purpose of chapter 70.94 RCW.

(9) "Single purpose facility" ((shall)) means a facility other than a dual purpose facility.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21A.080 and 43.21A.090 and chapter 82.34 RCW. 78-04-015 (Order DE 78-2), 173-24-030, filed 3/14/78; Order DE 70-7, 173-24-030, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 70-7, filed 8/4/71)

WAC 173-24-040
Applications submitted to the department of revenue.

Applications filed ((pursuant to)) under RCW 82.34.020 ((shall)) must be submitted to the department of revenue ((pursuant to)) in accordance with that department's requirements. The department of revenue will supply an identifying application number and forward the application to the department or regional or local air pollution control authority, as appropriate, for review ((pursuant to)) under RCW 82.34.030.

[Order DE 70-7, 173-24-040, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 70-7, filed 8/4/71)

WAC 173-24-050
Applications reviewed by the department.

The department will review applications for approval of facilities ((which)) that may be designated "water pollution control facilities" as defined in RCW 82.34.010 (1)(b). The department will also review any application relating to a facility ((which)) that is not within the jurisdiction of an activated regional or local air pollution control authority, or ((which)) that is within any area over which the department has assumed jurisdiction ((pursuant to)) under RCW 70.94.390. The department will also review any application for approval of a facility relating to any air contaminant source subject to rules ((and regulations)) adopted by the department or its predecessor agencies ((pursuant to)) under RCW 70.94.395.

The department will, when necessary, advise the department of revenue of the proper agency or agencies to which an application is to be submitted for review.

[Order DE 70-7, 173-24-050, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 78-2, filed 3/14/78)

WAC 173-24-060
Action by the department within thirty days -- Request for further information.

The department shall, within thirty days of receipt of an application from the department of revenue, make the identification and classification described in WAC 173-24-070 and approval or denial described in WAC 173-24-080, or it shall request further information from the applicant. A copy of any request from the department to the applicant for further information ((shall)) must be transmitted to the department of revenue. The failure of the applicant to supply any additional information requested by the department, without reasonable grounds for such a failure, may result in disapproval of all or part of the application.

The department shall notify the department of revenue, in writing, of its decisions on any application submitted ((to it,)) and shall send a copy of ((such)) the notification ((shall be sent)) to the applicant by certified mail.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21A.080 and 43.21A.090 and chapter 82.34 RCW. 78-04-015 (Order DE 78-2), 173-24-060, filed 3/14/78; Order DE 70-7, 173-24-060, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 78-2, filed 3/14/78)

WAC 173-24-070
Identification and classification of facilities.

The department will review each application to determine whether the facility is a single, integrated facility, or can be separated, either physically or conceptually, into identifiable component parts. Each component part ((shall)) must be considered as a separate facility for the purpose of the department's review of the application. The department will identify all ((such)) those facilities within each application.

For each facility identified, the department shall classify it as a "dual purpose facility" or a "single purpose facility."

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21A.080 and 43.21A.090 and chapter 82.34 RCW. 78-04-015 (Order DE 78-2), 173-24-070, filed 3/14/78; Order DE 70-7, 173-24-070, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 78-2, filed 3/14/78)

WAC 173-24-080
Approval of a facility.

The department shall approve any facility when:

(1) It was installed or intended to be installed for the primary purpose of pollution control, and;

(2) When it is operated or intended to be operated primarily for the purpose of pollution control, and;

(3) When it is suitable, reasonably adequate, and meets the intent and purposes of chapter 70.94 or 90.48 RCW;

If the facility does not meet these criteria, it ((shall)) must be denied.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21A.080 and 43.21A.090 and chapter 82.34 RCW. 78-04-015 (Order DE 78-2), 173-24-080, filed 3/14/78; Order DE 70-7, 173-24-080, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 80-33, filed 10/7/80)

WAC 173-24-090
Installation for the purpose of pollution control.

A facility will be considered to be installed or intended to be installed for the primary purpose of pollution control when:

(1) It was installed or intended to be installed in response to a requirement of the department or a regional or local air pollution control authority contained in a permit, order, or ((regulation which)) rule that applies to the particular industry or commercial establishment (([in] [is])) in question, and such a facility meets or exceeds the requirements of such a permit, order, or ((regulation)) rule; and

(2) It was installed ((pursuant to)) in conformance with a requirement developed under chapter 90.48 or 70.94 RCW and not under some other statute administered by the department such as, for example, chapter 70.95 or 70.105 RCW.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 82.34 RCW, RCW 43.21A.080, and 43.21A.090. 80-15-020 (Order DE 80-33), 173-24-090, filed 10/7/80; Order DE 70-7, 173-24-090, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 78-2, filed 3/14/78)

WAC 173-24-100
Operation for the purpose of pollution control.

A facility is operated or intended to be operated primarily for the purpose of pollution control when:

(1) The emissions or effluents from the commercial or industrial operation do or will contain measurably less pollution with the facility installed than they would without the facility installed, and;

(2) For a facility, other than a dual purpose facility, it is not necessary to the manufacture of products.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21A.080 and 43.21A.090 and chapter 82.34 RCW. 78-04-015 (Order DE 78-2), 173-24-100, filed 3/14/78; Order DE 70-7, 173-24-100, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 78-2, filed 3/14/78)

WAC 173-24-110
Meeting the intent and purposes of chapters 70.94 and 90.48 RCW.

A facility is suitable, reasonably adequate, and meets the intent and purposes of chapters 70.94 and 90.48 RCW, when:

(1) Normal operation of the particular commercial or industrial operation with the facility installed will not be in violation of any provision of chapter 70.94 or 90.48 RCW and;

(2) Such an operation will meet the requirements of any applicable permits, orders, ((regulations)) rules or standards of the department or a regional or local air pollution control authority.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21A.080 and 43.21A.090 and chapter 82.34 RCW. 78-04-015 (Order DE 78-2), 173-24-110, filed 3/14/78; Order DE 70-7, 173-24-110, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 70-7, filed 8/4/71)

WAC 173-24-120
Treatment ((prior to)) before connection to utilities.

Any facility designed for the primary purpose of reducing, controlling, disposing of, or treating industrial or commercial wastes ((prior to)) before the ultimate conveyance thereof to the waste collecting facilities of public or privately owned utilities ((shall)) must be approved if it satisfies the requirements set forth in this chapter((;)). However, any facility installed or constructed for the primary purpose of connecting any commercial establishment with the waste collecting facilities of public or privately owned utilities ((shall)) may not be eligible for approval.

[Order DE 70-7, 173-24-120, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 80-33, filed 10/7/80)

WAC 173-24-125
Revision of prior findings.

On its own initiative or ((on compliant of)) in compliance with the local or regional air pollution control agency in which an air pollution control facility is located, the department may revise the prior findings of the appropriate control agency whenever it appears that any of the conditions listed in RCW 82.34.100 (1) or (2) have been met or when the department determines that the prior determination had been made in error.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 82.34 RCW, RCW 43.21A.080, and 43.21A.090. 80-15-020 (Order DE 80-33), 173-24-125, filed 10/7/80.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 70-7, filed 8/4/71)

WAC 173-24-130
Administrative appeal of department decision.

The approval or disapproval by the department ((pursuant to)) under RCW 82.34.030 of any application, or any revision of prior findings by the department ((pursuant to)) under RCW 82.34.100 shall constitute a decision of the department subject to review by the pollution control hearings board ((pursuant to)) in accordance with chapter 43.21B RCW. Any aggrieved party may appeal any ((such)) decision ((pursuant to)) in accordance with the rules ((and regulations)) of the pollution control hearings board no later than thirty days after receipt of written notice thereof.

[Order DE 70-7, 173-24-130, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 78-2, filed 3/14/78)

WAC 173-24-140
Delegation.

The powers, duties, and functions vested in the department by chapter 82.34 RCW, will be performed by the deputy director of the department or his or her delegate.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21A.080 and 43.21A.090 and chapter 82.34 RCW. 78-04-015 (Order DE 78-2), 173-24-140, filed 3/14/78; Order DE 70-7, 173-24-140, filed 8/4/71.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order DE 78-2, filed 3/14/78)

WAC 173-24-150
Delegation of state responsibilities under federal program.

The functions of the "state certifying authority" for the federal tax credit program for pollution control facilities ((shall)) must be performed by the deputy director of the department or his or her delegate.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21A.080 and 43.21A.090 and chapter 82.34 RCW. 78-04-015 (Order DE 78-2), 173-24-150, filed 3/14/78; Order DE 70-7, 173-24-150, filed 8/4/71.]

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