PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The department would like to formally give notice that our preproposal related to rule making for determination of practicable goals for use of biofuels and electricity by all state agencies and local government subdivisions operating vessels, vehicles, and construction equipment, WSR 09-07-100, filed March 18, 2009, 9:58 a.m., published April 1, 2009, RCW 43.325.080, is being withdrawn.
Reason for withdrawal: Lack of general fund-state funding to pursue this rule-making action. State general fund dollars were eliminated from the state energy policy office in the 2009-11 biennial budget, leaving the office without a funding source for activities such as state-directed rule making. Because of the high level of interest from a wide-ranging set of stakeholders and the potential impact of the rules on entities across the state, the department believes an active outreach and involvement process is critical to the success of developing rules around this topic. The department will seek reinstatement of some general fund dollars in the 2010-11 supplemental budget to allow activities such as rule making to begin again.