PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
STATE BOARD OF HEALTH
[Filed February 11, 2020, 9:36 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-390 WAC, the state board of health (SBOH) is considering amendments to the drinking water laboratory certification and data reporting rules (lab rule) to align laboratory data reporting requirements with the anticipated changes to chapter 246-290 WAC, Group A public water supplies (Group A rule) as related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.20.050
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SBOH is considering amendments to the Group A rule that may necessitate changes to the lab rule. SBOH is considering including a new PFAS template for the purposes of data reporting, adding a requirement for notification when PFAS sample results exceed a state action level, and adding state detection reporting limits for PFAS. The rule revision may also include technical and clarifying corrections as needed.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Washington department of health (department) and SBOH will coordinate the rule making with the Washington department of ecology (ecology) in developing consistent regulations. The department and ecology jointly administer the state's cooperative laboratory certification program.
Process for Developing New Rule: The department and SBOH will use a collaborative rule-making approach.
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, P.O. Box 47820, Olympia, WA 98504-7820, phone 360-236-3020, TTY 360-833-6388 or 711, email email@example.com, website www.doh.wa.gov; or Stuart Glasoe, P.O. Box 47990, phone 360-236-4111, TTY 360-833-6388 or 711, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.sboh.wa.gov.
Additional comments: The department and SBOH will keep stakeholders and interested parties informed of the rule development through email, and posting information on the department's rule-making websites. Stakeholders and interested parties will have the opportunity to provide comments throughout the rule-making process, during the formal comment period, and at the public hearing. The department and SBOH may also hold workshops throughout the rule-making process to solicit feedback. Individuals may join the interested parties' notification list by going to https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOH/subscriber/new?topic_id=WADOH_211.
February 7, 2020
Michelle A. Davis