WSR 23-10-070
[Filed May 2, 2023, 12:35 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Proposal is exempt under RCW 34.05.310(4) or 34.05.330(1).
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department of health (department) is proposing amendments to redistribute annual paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) testing fees under WAC 246-282-990(4). The proposed amendments apply to harvesters of geoduck who had samples tested in 2022.  
Hearing Location(s): On June 7, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. The department will be holding a virtual-only hearing. Register in advance for this webinar After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Date of Intended Adoption: June 14, 2023.
Submit Written Comments to: Peter Beaton, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47820, Olympia, WA 98504-7820, email,, by June 7, 2023.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Dani Toepelt, phone 360-236-3347, TTY 711, email, by May 24, 2023.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of this proposal is to equitably assess the costs of commercial geoduck PSP testing. PSP testing generates $58,000 in testing fees annually. The fees are calculated by determining the cost per sample and multiplying this value by how many samples each harvester had tested in the previous year. The PSP testing, which is based on the department's risk assessment of the growing areas, is essential to public health as it is the only way to determine if dangerous levels of PSP exist in commercial geoduck clams and ensure toxic shellfish do not reach the public.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Proposed geoduck PSP fee redistribution is based on the 2022 total cost of service for the harvesters that submitted geoduck samples ($58,000) and is based on the cost per sample multiplied by the number of tests done for each harvester.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.70.250 and 43.20B.020.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 43.70.250 and 43.20B.020.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: None.
Name of Proponent: Department of health, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Peter Beaton, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, 360-236-4031; Implementation and Enforcement: Dani Toepelt, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, 360-236-3347.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The agency did not complete a cost-benefit analysis. RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vi) exempts rules that set or adjust fees or rates pursuant to legislative standards.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(3) as the rules set or adjust fees under the authority of RCW 19.02.075 or that set or adjust fees or rates pursuant to legislative standards, including fees set or adjusted under the authority of RCW 19.80.045.
Scope of exemption for rule proposal:
Is fully exempt.
May 2, 2023
Kristin Peterson, JD
Chief of Policy
for Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 22-10-050, filed 4/29/22, effective 5/29/22)
WAC 246-282-990Fees.
(1) Annual shellfish operation license fees are:
Type of Operation
Annual Fee
Shellstock Shipper
0 - 49 Acres
50 or greater Acres
Scallop Shellstock Shipper
Plants with floor space < 2000 sq. ft.
Plants with floor space 2000 sq. ft. to 5000 sq. ft.
Plants with floor space ˃ 5000 sq. ft.
(2) The fee for each export certificate is $55.00.
(3) Annual biotoxin testing fees for companies harvesting species other than geoduck intertidally (between the extremes of high and low tide) are as follows:
Fee Category
Type of Operation
Number of
Harvest Sites
≤ 2
3 or more
Shellstock Shipper
Shellstock Shipper
≤ 2
0 - 49 acres
Shellstock Shipper
3 or more
0 - 49 acres
Shellstock Shipper
50 or greater acres
≤ 2
(plants < 2000 ft2)
3 or more
(plants < 2000 ft2)
≤ 2
(plants 2000 - 5000 ft2)
3 or more
(plants 2000 - 5000 ft2)
(plants ˃ 5000 ft2)
(a) The number of harvest sites will be the total number of harvest sites on the licensed company's harvest site certificate:
(i) At the time of first licensure; or
(ii) January 1st of each year for companies licensed as harvesters; or
(iii) July 1st of each year for companies licensed as shellstock shippers and shucker packers.
(b) Two or more contiguous parcels with a total acreage of one acre or less is considered one harvest site.
(4) Annual PSP testing fees for companies harvesting geoduck are as follows:
Cert #
Chuckanut Shellfish Inc.
Department of Natural Resources
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Lummi Indian Business Council
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Rising Tide CE, LLC
((Seaproducts, Inc.
Skokomish Indian Tribe
Suquamish Tribe
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Taylor Shellfish Company, Inc.
The Tulalip Tribes
(5) Fees must be paid in full to department of health before a commercial shellfish license is issued or renewed.
(6) Refunds for fees will be given only if the applicant withdraws a new or renewal license application prior to the effective date of the new or renewed license.