PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY
[Order 18-02—Filed June 22, 2018, 11:57 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department of ecology is beginning a rule making to amend chapter 173-230 WAC, Certification of operators of wastewater treatment plants. This rule establishes the ecology's wastewater operator certification program.
As part of this rule making we will be focusing on the following:
|•||Establishing a fee schedule to replace existing fee requirements.|
|º||Rule language for new treatment technologies.|
|•||Providing for an operator in training and respective education and experience qualifications for groups II-IV.|
|•||Updating professional growth requirements.|
|•||Revising language regarding revocation and suspension of a certificate.|
|•||Reorganizing and clarifying rule language.|
|•||Other edits identified or necessary to support the above items, the overall objectives of the statute or chapter, or the goals of the program.|
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 70.95B
RCW, Domestic waste treatment plants—
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Legislation passed in 2018 amending chapter 70.95B
RCW (chapter 213, Laws of 2018) directing ecology, with the advice of an advisory committee, to establish an initial fee schedule.
The other updates we are considering would:
|•||Modernize and improve the existing program by recognizing newer, more advanced treatment technologies in plant classification.|
|•||Provide ecology additional options, flexibility, and clarity around revocations and suspensions.|
|•||Create more opportunities among operators for growth in their professions, filling a coming gap due to retirees. |
|•||Working directly with affected stakeholders will allow us to identify other changes we aren't considering and find solutions that work for us all.|
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Not applicable. Ecology is the only agency that regulates wastewater operator certification in Washington state.
Process for Developing New Rule: Ecology will follow the standard process for the adoption of rules under the Administrative Procedure Act (chapter 34.05
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jocelyn W. Jones, Department of Ecology, Water Quality Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504, phone 360-407-6321, TTY 711 for deaf or hard of hearing, 877-833-6341 (Washington relay service), email firstname.lastname@example.org, web site https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Laws-rules-rulemaking/Rulemaking/WAC-173-230, sign up for email updates http://listserv.ecology.wa.gov/scripts/wa-ECOLOGY.exe?A0=ECOLOGY-WW-OPCERT; or Poppy Carre, Department of Ecology, Water Quality Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504, phone 360-407-6449, TTY 711 for deaf or hard of hearing, 877-833-6341 (Washington relay service), email email@example.com.
Additional comments: Interested parties can stay informed about the rule making and public involvement opportunities as described above. Ecology will extend an offer for government-to-government consultation with tribal governments during each phase of rule development.
June 22, 2018
Heather R. Bartlett
Water Quality Program Manager