Purpose: This rule-making order amends chapter 16-675 WAC by (1) increasing the fees charged by the metrology laboratory for inspection, tolerance testing and calibration of weighing and measuring standards above the Office of Financial Management (OFM) fiscal growth factor; (2) increasing the fees charged for the inspection and testing of weighing or measuring devices when requested by the devise owner within the OFM fiscal growth factor for fiscal year 2005 (3.03%); and (3) rewriting the language using a format that makes the rule easier to use and understand.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 16-675-010, 16-675-020, 16-675-030, 16-675-040, 16-675-050, and 16-675-060.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 19.94 and 34.05 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-19-122 on September 21, 2004.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 5, Amended 0, Repealed 6.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 7, Amended 0, Repealed 6.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 7, Amended 0, Repealed 6.
Date Adopted: November 10, 2004.
Valoria H. Loveland
WAC 16-675-015 What is the purpose of this chapter? The purpose of this chapter is to implement:
(1) RCW 19.94.216(1) and 19.94.325(2), which allows the director of the Washington state department of agriculture to establish reasonable fees for inspection, tolerance testing and calibration services performed on weights and measures standards by the metrology laboratory; and
(2) RCW 19.94.175(3), which allows the director to establish fees for inspecting and testing weighing and measuring devices when the inspections and tests are specifically requested by the device's owner.
"Calibration" means the comparison of a measurement standard or instrument with another standard or instrument to detect, correlate, report, or eliminate, by adjustment, any inaccuracy of the compared standard or instrument.
"Department" means the Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA).
"Director" means the director of the department or the director's designated representative.
"Laboratory" means the metrology laboratory operated by the department.
"Tolerance testing" means a measurement operation performed to determine whether the actual value of a standard, artifact, or instrument is within a permitted tolerance of its nominal value.
(a) Returned to the sender at the sender's expense; or
(b) Repaired, if possible, by the laboratory.
(2) When possible, the laboratory will make repairs:
(a) At the rate of one hundred dollars per hour; and
(b) Only after a signed written repair agreement between the department and the owner of the weights or measures standard is concluded.
(3) All repair fees charged by the laboratory are in addition to any testing or calibration fees charged by the laboratory.
|Inspection, tolerance testing and calibration services performed at the metrology laboratory||$100.00 per hour|
|Inspection, tolerance testing and calibration services performed at other than the metrology laboratory||$100.00 per hour plus mileage and per diem at the rates established by the office of financial management (OFM) when the service is performed|
|Any service provided by the laboratory||Minimum one-half hour charge|
(1) Specifically requested by the device's owner or his/her representative; or
(2) Performed on devices used by an agency or institution that receives money from the legislature or the federal government.
|Weighing and Measuring Device||Inspection and/or Testing Fee|
|Small scales "zero to four hundred pounds capacity"||$15.95 per scale|
|Intermediate scales "four hundred pounds to five thousand pounds capacity"||$53.20 per scale|
|Large scales "over five thousand pounds capacity"||$133.02 per scale|
|Large scales with supplemental devices||$159.62 per scale|
|Railroad track scales||$1,064.19 per scale|
|Liquid fuel meters with flows of less than twenty gallons per minute||$15.95 per meter|
|Liquid fuel meters with flows of at least twenty but not more than one hundred fifty gallons per minute||$53.20 per meter|
|Fuel meters with flows over one hundred fifty gallons per minute||$159.62 per meter|
|Liquid petroleum gas meters with one-inch diameter or smaller dispensers||$53.20 per meter|
|Liquid petroleum gas meters with greater than one-inch diameter dispensers||$159.62 per meter|
|Inspection services not covered by the above special inspection fees||$35.91 per hour for labor
and travel time
(minimum one hour charge)
(a) Facility or facilities for testing track scales;
(b) Car or other device for testing track scales.
(2) The department must use the car, device, or facility provided to test the accuracy of all track scales.
(3) Track scale owners (railroad companies) must move the car, device, or facility to locations designated by the department without charge.
(4) The cost of providing and maintaining the car, device, or facility must be equitably and reasonably apportioned by the department among all railroad track scale owners.
The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
|WAC 16-675-030||Condition of submitted weights and measures.|
|WAC 16-675-040||Schedule of laboratory fees.|
|WAC 16-675-050||Special inspection and testing fees.|
|WAC 16-675-060||Fees for railroad track scales.|