WSR 99-21-062

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed October 19, 1999, 4:47 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-205 WAC, Decontamination of illegal drug sites, this chapter of rules deals with the certification of contractors, cleanup standards, and the responsibility of local health officers for the cleanup of illegal drug sites.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 64.44 RCW, Contaminated properties.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The 1999 legislature directed the Department of Health to make rules adopting standards for mercury, lead, methamphetamine and total volatile organic compounds. Other changes to the chapter may be considered as a result of the recent rule review under Executive Order 97-02.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Washington State Patrol and the Department of Ecology both play roles in the discovery and initial cleanup of illegal drug sites. Both agencies will be involved throughout the rule-making process to ensure that the rule is coordinated.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department will hold workshops to gather public input into proposed rules. Interested parties will be kept informed through the use of mailings and/or electronic notices.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lew Kittle, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47825, Olympia, WA 98504, [e-mail] ljk0303@doh.wa.gov, (360) 236-3381.

October 13, 1999

M. C. Selecky

Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office