PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: This rule making would consider possible corrections and clarifications to selected sections of chapter 480-93 WAC, Gas companies -- Safety, rules governing natural gas pipeline operators, specifically rules that need to reflect changes in Titles 80 and 81 RCW resulting from the passage of SSB 5225 during the 2007 legislative session.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 80.01.040(4), 81.01.010, 81.04.160, 81.88.040, 80.28.010(2), 80.28.020, and sections 1, 2, and 5, chapter 142, Laws of 2007.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Washington utilities and transportation commission (UTC) has identified several rules that should be modified to reflect statutory changes in the 2007 legislative session. Chapter 480-93 WAC, governing gas safety rules, requires amendments to update definitions and provisions governing penalties. This rule making will modify most rules in chapter 480-93 WAC.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and the commission will ask for initial comments, and will provide the opportunity for additional comments.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested persons may file comments with the Secretary, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 47250, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-7250, phone (360) 664-1174, fax (360) 586-1150, e-mail email@example.com, or through the UTC web portal http://www.utc.wa.gov, by Tuesday, September 4, 2007.
WRITTEN COMMENTS AND STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP: Written comments may be submitted to the commission at the address given above and should be filed with the commission no later than September 4, 2007.
Electronic copies. The commission requests that comments be provided in electronic format to enhance public access, for ease of providing comments, to reduce the need for paper copies, and to facilitate quotations from the comments. Comments may be submitted by electronic mail to the commission's records center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include:
|•||The docket number of this proceeding (PG-070975).|
|•||The commenting party's name.|
|•||The title and date of the comment or comments.|
Opportunity for further comment is anticipated. Information about the schedule and other aspects of the rule making, including comments, will be posted on the commission's web site as it becomes available. If you wish to receive further information on this rule making you may (1) call the commission's records center at (360) 664-1234, (2) e-mail the commission at email@example.com, (3) submit your comments through the commission's web portal http://www.utc.wa.gov or (4) mail written comments to the address above to the attention of Carole J. Washburn, Secretary. When contacting the commission, please refer to Docket PG-070975 to ensure that you are placed on the appropriate service list. Questions may be addressed to Ilyne Lawson, (360) 664-1302 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 26, 2007
Carole J. Washburn