PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Transportation of hazardous materials, WAC 446-50-010, 446-50-050, and 446-50-080.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 46.48.170.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Washington state patrol is in need of updating the following regulations in order to align state rules with state and federal regulations. The proposed changes include but may not be limited to:
Amendments are necessary to multiple sections within the chapter to update references to RCW.
WAC 446-50-010, amend the language to update references to the committee originally created in RCW 46.48.190 but now under RCW 46.48.170.
WAC 446-50-080, amend language to update references as well as adopt new C.F.R. references regarding hazardous materials regulations.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Federal Motor Carrier Administration, Washington utilities and transportation commission.
Process for Developing New Rule: During an audit of Washington state law and Code of Federal Regulations, sections were found of federal law that WAC codes either did not address or were inconsistent. The agency will work with stakeholders to develop the language necessary to ensure compliance with federal regulations.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting CVEO 4 William Balcom, Motor Carrier Safety Division, P.O. Box 42614, Olympia, WA 98504-2614, William.firstname.lastname@example.org, (360) 596-3807.
May 20, 2013
John R. Batiste