WSR 02-03-137

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

STATE BOARD OF HEALTH


[ Filed January 23, 2002, 11:28 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: On-site wastewater sewage systems, chapter 246-272 WAC, with possible new chapters.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.20.050.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The On-site Wastewater Advisory Committee has recommended that on-site sewage system rules need to be amended to address technical, administrative and regulatory issues in the wastewater management program.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Department of Health, Department of Ecology and local health jurisdictions all have a role in implementing on-site sewage rules and will be involved throughout rule development. In addition, the Department of Licensing, Department of Labor and Industries, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency have authority for areas that may overlap with on-site sewage rules and will be involved to ensure coordination and consistency of rules.

Process for Developing New Rule: The State Board of Health invites all interested parties to provide input into the development of on-site wastewater sewage rules. An advisory committee is being formed to develop proposed rules. There will also be opportunities to view and comment on draft rules over the Internet at http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/ts/waste.htm.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mark Soltman, Washington State Department of Health, P.O. Box 47825, Olympia, WA 98504-7825, voice (360) 236-3040, e-mail mark.soltman@doh.wa.gov; or Marianne Seifert, Washington State Board of Health, P.O. Box 47990, Olympia, WA 98504, voice (360) 236-4103, marianne.seifert@doh.wa.gov.

January 21, 2002

Don Sloma

Executive Director

State Board of Health

Washington State Code Reviser's Office