PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amend Title 222 WAC to incorporate amendments to chapter 76.09 RCW, correct typographical errors, and clarify language without changing effects of existing rules.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: The Forest Practices Board's authority to adopt forest practices rules is granted under RCW 76.09.040 and 76.09.370.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule making is needed to make nonsubstantive corrections to Title 222 WAC, and include some changes that will make that chapter up-to-date with amendments to chapter 76.09 RCW.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Department of Ecology must approve any forest practices rule making pertaining to water quality.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making. Participants who would help in rule development include representatives of timber and environmental interests, state agencies, local government, federal agencies, tribal governments, and other interested parties. The Forest Practices Board will consider whether to accept a proposal and proceed with rule making at its February 9, 2005, meeting. If the board decides to proceed with rule making there will be an additional opportunity to comment on the rule proposal.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by mailing, e-mailing, or faxing comments to Forest Practices Board, c/o Patricia Anderson, Rules Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, Forest Practices Division, P.O. Box 47012, Olympia, WA 98504-47012, fax (360) 902-11428 [902-1428], e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 10, 2004