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    Public Comment Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    235 W 5th St

    Port Angeles WA 98362

    (360) 417-9452

    THIS IS MY PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE DREDGE REPORT AS PROVIDED ON THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

    EFFECTING PORT ANGELES AND CLALLAM COUNTY WA.

    THE AREA AROUND THE EXISTING PIER AND PROPOSED EXTENSION IS PROPOSED TO HAVE ABOUT 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL DREDGED

    THE AREAS IN PORT ANGELES AND CLALLAM COUNTY WHERE THE DUMPING OF THE DREDGED MATERIAL WILL BE DISPOSED OF  BY THE MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL IS INCLUDED IN THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

     (2) THE PERMITTEE MUST COORDINATE ANY NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL WITH THE CORPS, SEATTLE DISTRICT, REGULATORY BRANCH PROJECT MANAGER; AND

     (3) APPROVAL MUST BE RECEIVED FROM THE DISTRICT ENGINEER PRIOR TO CONDUCTING NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL.

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    186,761 CUBIC YARDS WERE SUITABLE FOR UNCONFINED DISPOSAL AT AN OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL SITE IN PORT ANGELES.

    THE REMAINING 21,270 CUBIC YARDS WERE FOUND TO BE CONTAMINATED MATERIAL, UNSUITABLE FOR OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL. AFTER MECHANICAL REMOVAL,

    The sediment testing data are available at the Corps, Seattle District, Dredged Material Management Office.

    THIS CONTAMINATED  MATERIAL WILL BE LOADED ONTO TRUCKS AND TRANSPORTED TO AN UPLAND DISPOSAL AREA, APPROVED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AND THE CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

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    WHO KNEW?

    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL

    AND APPROVED BY THE CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE  CONTAMINATED  MATERIAL WILL BE LOADED ONTO TRUCKS AND TRANSPORTED TO AN UPLAND DISPOSAL AREAS IN CLALLAM COUNTY WA……

    INDEED, WHO KNEW,  CLALLAM COUNTY WA HAS A  DUMPING AREA FOR DISPOSAL OF CONTAMINATED DREDGING MATERIAL?

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    DREDGED MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (DMMP):

    THE AREA AROUND THE EXISTING PIER AND PROPOSED EXTENSION IS PROPOSED TO HAVE ABOUT 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL DREDGED

     DREDGING PLAN:

    A DREDGING PLAN, SUFFICIENT TO ADEQUATELY SEPARATE CONTAMINATED MATERIAL FROM SEDIMENTS SUITABLE FOR OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL, WILL BE PREPARED BY THE APPLICANT AND SUBMITTED TO THE REGULATORY AGENCIES FOR REVIEW PRIOR TO DREDGING.

     A PRE-DREDGING CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD TO REVIEW QUALITY CONTROL PLANS AND PROCEDURES FOR MATERIAL SEPARATION.

     FOR THIS PROJECT, THE DMMP AGENCIES DETERMINED THAT 186,761 CUBIC YARDS WERE SUITABLE FOR UNCONFINED DISPOSAL AT THE DMMP NONDISPERSIVE (OR DISPERSIVE) OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL SITE IN PORT ANGELES AND/OR PLACEMENT IN NEAH BAY FOR INTERTIDAL AND/OR SUBTIDAL BENEFICIAL USE.

     THE REMAINING 21,270 CUBIC YARDS WERE FOUND UNSUITABLE FOR OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL. AFTER MECHANICAL REMOVAL, THIS MATERIAL WILL BE LOADED ONTO TRUCKS AND TRANSPORTED TO AN UPLAND DISPOSAL AREA, APPROVED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AND THE CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

    DREDGED MATERIAL TESTING:

    THE PROPOSED DREDGED MATERIAL has been tested according to the procedures specified by DMMP, a multi-agency program for the evaluation of dredged material proposed for disposal at open-water sites in Washington State.

    The DMMP EVALUATIONS MAY INCLUDE BOTH CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL TESTING OF SEDIMENTS.

    AND TO DETERMINE THE OVERALL PUBLIC INTEREST OF THE ACTIVITY. THE DESCRIBED DISCHARGE WILL BE EVALUATED FOR COMPLIANCE WITH GUIDELINES PROMULGATED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY UNDER AUTHORITY OF SECTION 404(B)(1) OF THE CWA.

    THESE GUIDELINES REQUIRE AN ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS FOR ANY PROPOSED DISCHARGE OF DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL INTO WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL IS INCLUDED IN THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

     (2) THE PERMITTEE MUST COORDINATE ANY NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL WITH THE CORPS, SEATTLE DISTRICT, REGULATORY BRANCH PROJECT MANAGER; AND

     (3) APPROVAL MUST BE RECEIVED FROM THE DISTRICT ENGINEER PRIOR TO CONDUCTING NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL.

    Other APPROPRIATE special conditions may be added as a result of comments received during the public review period for this public notice.

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    To ensure proper consideration of all comments, responders must include the following name and reference number in the text of their comments: Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826

    COMMENT AND REVIEW PERIOD:

    Public Notice Date: October 6, 2017

    Expiration Date: November 7, 2017

    Reference No.: NWS-2016-826

    Name: Makah Indian Tribe

    Conventional mail or e-mail comments on this public notice will be accepted and made part of the record and will be considered in determining whether authorizing the work would not be contrary to the public interest.

     In order to be accepted, e-mail comments must originate from the author’s e-mail account and must include on the subject line of the e-mail message the permit applicant’s name and reference number as shown below.

    Either conventional mail or e-mail comments must include the permit applicant’s name and reference number, as shown below,

    Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826

    and the commenter’s name, address, and phone number.

    All comments whether conventional mail or e-mail must reach this office, no later than the expiration date of this public notice to ensure consideration.

    Expiration Date: November 7, 2017

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    CORPS COMMENTS:

     All e-mail comments should be sent to pamela.sanguinetti@usace.army.mil.

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    ECOLOGY COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for Coastal Zone Management consistency concurrence, may do so by submitting written comments to the following address:

    Department of Ecology, Attn: SEA program – Federal Permit Coordinator, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, Washington,

    98504-7600, or e-mail to ecyrefedpermits@ecy.wa.gov

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    MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for water quality certification under Section 401 of the CWA, may do so by submitting written comments to

    the following address: Makah Indian Tribe, Attn: Aaron Parker, Makah Fisheries Water Quality Specialist,

    P.O. Box 115, Neah Bay, WA 98357

    To ensure proper consideration of all comments, responders must include the following name and reference number in the text of their comments: Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826, or email to aaron.parker@makah.com

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    PEOPLE SEND ME STUFF…

    I research it, document it, post it and disseminate.

     

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Marquell, Elizabeth E CIV USARMY CENWD (US) <Elizabeth.E.Marquell@usace.army.mil>
    Date: Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 10:44 AM
    Subject: Public Notice for NWS-2016-0826-; Makah Indian Tribe -Request for comments (UNCLASSIFIED)
    To: “Sanguinetti, Pamela A CIV USARMY CENWS (US)” <Pamela.Sanguinetti@usace.army.mil>, CENWS Cultural Resources <Cultural.Resources@usace.army.mil>

    CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

    PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL
    For comments or questions regarding this Public Notice, please contact the project manager listed below.

    CONTACT INFORMATION:
    PROJECT NUMBER:  NWS-2016-0826-, Clallam County, Makah Indian Tribe
    PROJECT MANAGER: Pam Sanguinetti
    TELEPHONE: (206) 764-6904
    E-MAIL: Pamela.Sanguinetti@usace.army.mil

    The attached PDF document is a Public Notice for a proposed project where a permit is being requested from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District.

    To view the attached document, you will need to use the Adobe Acrobat Reader.  For a free copy of the Acrobat Reader please visit: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

    To provide any project specific comments in writing or by e-mail, please visit the link below and follow the instructions outlined in the “How to Submit Comments” section.
    Http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx

    For more Regulatory Program information, please visit http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Regulatory.aspx
    CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

    Joint Public Notice

    Application for a Department of the Army Permit and

    a Makah Indian Tribe Water Quality Certification and

    Washington Department of Ecology Coastal Zone

    Management Consistency Concurrence

    US ARMY CORPS

    OF ENGINEERS

    Seattle District

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    Regulatory Branch

    Post Office Box 3755

    Seattle, WA 98124-3755

    Telephone (206) 764-6904

    Attn: Pamela Sanguinetti, Project

    Manager

    WA Department of Ecology

    SEA Program

    Post Office Box 47600

    Olympia, WA 98504-7600

    Telephone (360) 407-6076

    Attn: SEA Program, Federal Permit

    Coordinator

    Makah Indian Tribe

    P.O. Box 115

    Neah Bay, WA 98357

    Telephone (360) 645-2201

    Attn: Aaron Parker, Makah Fisheries

    Water Quality Specialist

    ______________________________

    Public Notice Date: October 6, 2017

    Expiration Date: November 7, 2017

    Reference No.: NWS-2016-826

    Name: Makah Indian Tribe

    Interested parties are hereby notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) AND THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY (ECOLOGY) HAVE RECEIVED AN APPLICATION TO PERFORM WORK IN WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES AS described below and shown on the enclosed drawings dated March 16, 2017.

    THE CORPS will review the work in accordance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act.

    THE MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE will review the work pursuant to water quality certification under Section 401 of the CWA.

    ECOLOGY will review the work pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act.

    APPLICANT: Makah Indian Tribe

    Post Office Box 115

    Neah Bay, Washington 98357

    ATTN: William S. Parkin, Jr., Director, Port of Neah Bay

    Telephone: (360) 645-3019

     

    AGENT: Berger ABAM

    33301 Ninth Avenue South, Suite 300

    Federal Way, Washington

    ATTN: Ms. Victoria England

    Telephone: (206) 357-5621

    LOCATION: The project is located in the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay, Clallam County, Washington

    WORK: The project consists of an extension to an existing fishing pier to accommodate an emergency response towing vessel and other associated spill response vessels. The pier extension will be about 563 feet in length extending to the northwest. Two finger piers, respectively about 325-foot and 340-ftoot lengths, will extend to the north from the angled pier extension. Two floating piers, each about 180 feet long, will be located on the north side of the pier extension. The new pier extension will be supported by up to 220 steel piles, which includes eighty-five 24-inch diameter steel piles and one hundred thirty-five 18-inch diameter steel piles. The floating piers will be secured to 18-inch diameter steel piles.

    The pier extension will have concrete decking that will be paved with an asphalt overlay. The pier extension is sloped to drain stormwater to a central utility corridor with a grated cover. The bottom of the corridor will be sealed so that stormwater will drain into the trench and be collected. The collected water will be routed to a vault with cartridges to treat the stormwater prior to discharge into Neah Bay.

    THE AREA AROUND THE EXISTING PIER AND PROPOSED EXTENSION IS PROPOSED TO HAVE ABOUT 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL DREDGED to increase the depths to elevations ranging from -15 to -25 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) plus one foot allowable overdepth (-16 to -25 feet MLLW). Material would be dredged using either mechanical (clamshell) or hydraulic dredging equipment. Material suitable for in-water use would be placed using hydraulic pipeline or clamshell dredging equipment on the beneficial use site. Material not suitable for in-water disposal would be placed at an upland facility in accordance with state and federal waste and disposal regulations.

    PURPOSE: The project purpose is to provide secure, reliable support for enhanced oil spill response capability in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean in the vicinity of Neah Bay.

    DREDGED MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (DMMP):

    Dredged Material Testing: The proposed dredged material has been tested according to the procedures specified by DMMP, a multi-agency program for the evaluation of dredged material proposed for disposal at open-water sites in Washington State. The DMMP evaluations may include both chemical and biological testing of sediments. For this project, the DMMP agencies determined that 186,761 cubic yards were suitable for unconfined disposal at the DMMP nondispersive (or dispersive) open-water disposal site in Port Angeles and/or placement in Neah Bay for intertidal and/or subtidal beneficial use.

     The remaining 21,270 cubic yards were found unsuitable for open-water disposal. After mechanical removal, this material will be loaded onto trucks and transported to an upland disposal area, approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Clallam County Department of Health.

    The sediment testing data are available at the Corps, Seattle District, Dredged Material Management Office.

    DREDGING PLAN: A dredging plan, sufficient to adequately separate contaminated material from sediments suitable for open-water disposal, will be prepared by the applicant and submitted to the regulatory agencies for review prior to dredging. A pre-dredging conference will be held to review quality control plans and procedures for material separation.

    DISPOSAL SITE USE CONDITIONS: The following standard site-use conditions will be specified by the Corps and the Washington Department of Natural Resources as part of the Federal/State permitting processes if a permit is issued:

    (1) DISPOSAL OPERATIONS MUST NOT INTERFERE WITH INDIAN TREATY FISHING AT THE DISPOSAL SITE, INCLUDING GILL NETS AND OTHER FISHING GEAR;

    (2) THE PERMITTEE MUST COORDINATE ANY NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL WITH THE CORPS, SEATTLE DISTRICT, REGULATORY BRANCH PROJECT MANAGER; AND

     (3) APPROVAL MUST BE RECEIVED FROM THE DISTRICT ENGINEER PRIOR TO CONDUCTING NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL.

     Other appropriate special conditions may be added as a result of comments received during the public review period for this public notice.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    THE WORK WOULD BE COMPLETED OVER A 5-YEAR PERIOD.

     The line of Mean High Water/ Mean Higher High Water shown on the project drawings have not yet been verified by the U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (CORPS). If the Corps determines the boundaries of the wetland/waters ARE SUBSTANTIALLY INACCURATE a new public notice may be published.

    MITIGATION: The applicant MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE is evaluating a number of sites within Neah Bay where derelict structures could be removed to mitigate the increased overwater coverage of the replacement structure. The PROPOSED DREDGED MATERIAL PLACEMENT would return a section of shoreline to its historical conditions based on historic photographs of the area.

    ENDANGERED SPECIES:

    The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires federal agencies to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) pursuant to Section 7 of the ESA on all actions that may affect a species listed (or proposed for listing) under the ESA as threatened or endangered or any designated critical habitat.

    After receipt of comments from this public notice, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will evaluate the potential impacts to proposed and/or listed species and their designated critical habitat.

    ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT:

    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act of 1996, requires all Federal agencies to consult with the NMFS on ALL ACTIONS, OR PROPOSED ACTIONS, PERMITTED, FUNDED, OR UNDERTAKEN by the agency, that may adversely affect Essential Fish Habitat (EFH). The proposed action would impact EFH in the project area.

    If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) determines that the proposed action may adversely affect EFH for federally managed fisheries in Washington waters, the Corps will initiate EFH consultation with the NMFS. The Corps’ final determination relative to project impacts and the need for mitigation measures is subject to review by and coordination with the NMFS.

    CULTURAL RESOURCES:

    The Corps has reviewed the latest published version of the National Register of Historic Places, Washington Information System for Architectural and Archaeological Records Data and other sources of information. The Corps invites responses to this public notice from Native American Tribes or tribal governments; Federal, State, and local agencies; historical and archeological societies; AND OTHER PARTIES likely to have knowledge of or concerns regarding historic properties and sites of religious and cultural significance at or

    near the project area. After receipt of comments from this public notice, the Corps will evaluate potential impacts and consult with the State Historic Preservation Officer and Native American Tribes in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as appropriate.

    PUBLIC HEARING: Any person may request, in writing, within the comment period specified in this notice, that a public hearing be held to consider this application. Requests for public hearings shall state, with particularity, the reasons for holding a public hearing.

    EVALUATION – CORPS – The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts, including cumulative impacts, of the proposed activity on THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

     That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal, MUST BE BALANCED AGAINST ITS REASONABLY FORESEEABLE DETRIMENTS.

    ALL FACTORS WHICH MAY BE RELEVANT TO THE PROPOSAL WILL BE CONSIDERED, INCLUDING THE CUMULATIVE EFFECTS THEREOF; AMONG THOSE ARE CONSERVATION, ECONOMICS, AESTHETICS, GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, WETLANDS, HISTORIC PROPERTIES, FISH AND WILDLIFE VALUES, FLOOD HAZARDS, FLOODPLAIN VALUES, LAND USE, NAVIGATION, SHORELINE EROSION AND ACCRETION, RECREATION, WATER SUPPLY AND CONSERVATION, WATER QUALITY, ENERGY NEEDS, SAFETY, FOOD AND FIBER PRODUCTION, MINERAL NEEDS,CONSIDERATIONS OF PROPERTY OWNERSHIP, AND, IN GENERAL, THE NEEDS AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE.

     The Corps is soliciting comments from the public; Native American Nations or tribal governments; Federal, State, and local agencies and officials; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate THE IMPACTS OF THIS ACTIVITY. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for the work. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species,

    historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above.

    Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing AND TO DETERMINE THE OVERALL PUBLIC INTEREST OF THE ACTIVITY. The described discharge will be evaluated for compliance with guidelines promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency under authority of Section 404(b)(1) of the CWA. These guidelines require an alternatives analysis for any proposed discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States.

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    EVALUATION – ECOLOGY:

     ECOLOGY is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, Native American Nations or tribal governments, State, and local agencies and officials; AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this activity. ECOLOGY will be considering all comments to determine whether to concur or object that the project is consistent with Ecology’s Coastal Zone Management program.

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    EVALUATION

    Makah Indian Tribe: The Makah Indian Tribe is soliciting comments from the public; Federal,

    Native American Nations or tribal governments, State, and local agencies and officials; AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES  in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this activity. The Makah Indian Tribe will be considering all comments to determine whether to certify or deny certification for the proposed project.

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    COMMENT AND REVIEW PERIOD:

    Conventional mail or e-mail comments on this public notice will be accepted and made part of the record and will be considered IN DETERMINING WHETHER AUTHORIZING THE WORK WOULD NOT BE CONTRARY TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST. In order to be accepted, e-mail comments must originate from the author’s e-mail account and must include on the subject line of the e-mail message the permit applicant’s name and reference number as shown below. Either conventional mail or e-mail comments must include the permit applicant’s name and reference number, as shown below, and the commenter’s name, address, and phone number.

    All comments whether conventional mail or e-mail must reach this office, no later than the expiration date of this public notice to ensure consideration.

    Copies of this public notice which have been mailed or otherwise physically distributed feature project drawings in black and white. The electronic version features those drawings in color, which we think more accurately communicates the scope of project impacts.

    TO ACCESS THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THIS PUBLIC NOTICE, GO TO THE SEATTLE

    DISTRICT’S WEB PAGE AT http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/ AND UNDER THE HEADING OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS SELECT REGULATORY PUBLIC NOTICES. RECENTLY-ISSUED PUBLIC NOTICES ARE LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF THE DATE OF ISSUANCE.

    SELECT AND VIEW THE LISTING FOR THIS PROJECT.

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    CORPS COMMENTS:

     All e-mail comments should be sent to pamela.sanguinetti@usace.army.mil.

    Conventional mail comments should be sent to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch,

    Attention: Ms. Pamela Sanguinetti, P.O. Box 3755, Seattle, Washington 98124-3755. All comments received will  become part of the administrative record and are subject to public release under the Freedom of Information Act including any personally identifiable information such as names, phone numbers, and addresses.

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    ECOLOGY COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for Coastal Zone Management consistency concurrence, may do so by submitting written comments to the following address:

    Department of Ecology, Attn: SEA program – Federal Permit Coordinator, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, Washington,

    98504-7600, or e-mail to ecyrefedpermits@ecy.wa.gov

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    MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for water quality certification under Section 401 of the CWA, may do so by submitting written comments to

    the following address: Makah Indian Tribe, Attn: Aaron Parker, Makah Fisheries Water Quality Specialist,

    P.O. Box 115, Neah Bay, WA 98357

    To ensure proper consideration of all comments, responders must include the following name and reference number in the text of their comments: Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826, or email to aaron.parker@makah.com

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    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL IS INCLUDED IN THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

    The bottom line….

    IF NIGHTTIME DUMPING OF CONTAMINATED AND OTHER DREDGED MATERIAL IN PORT ANGELES AND CLALLAM COUNTY WA,  AND THE APPROVAL OF THE  CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. CONCERNS YOU

    SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS


  • WA State Ecology is Back to WAC Us

    Chapter 173-03 WAC, PUBLIC RECORDS

    Incorporates changes made by Emergency Rule- WAC 173-03-9000E

    Why it matters?

    SIMPLY PUT…..

    Behind My Back | “Ecology Sucks”

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/04/15/ecology-sucks/

    APR 15, 2013 – “Ecology Sucks” And, the rest of the story. The local news … citizenreviewonline.org/ecologys-qa-session-in-sequim-about-… Jan 17, 2013 …

     How much will PUBLIC RECORDS cost us?

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    Behind My Back | WA State DOE Emergency Fee Rule?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/07/24/wa-state-doe-emergency-fee-rule/

    JUL 24, 2017 – July 20, 2016 Public Records Emergency Rule WAC 173-03-9000E CALCULATION OF ACTUAL COSTS OF PRODUCING COPIES OF PUBLIC RECORDS DECLARED …

    WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY finds that it is in the general welfare and the public interest, and benefits requesters and the agency, to adopt the emergency rule in order to preserve AND UPDATE FEES in accordance with the legislatively adopted schedule.

    WITHOUT FURTHER ACTION, THIS WOULD CREATE A PERIOD OF MONTHS DURING WHICH NO STATEMENT OR RULE WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING PRA (PUBLIC RECORDS ACT) COSTS

    OR THE METHODS OF CALCULATING THEM, CREATING CONFUSION AND UNCERTAINTY REGARDING ECOLOGY’S FEE STRUCTURE AND ITS (WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY’S) ABILITY TO CHARGE FEES.

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    EINSTEIN SAID, “IF YOU CAN’T PUT IT SIMPLY, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT VERY WELL”

    JAN 17, 2013  “IT’S A MONEY DEAL,” I said, adding, “ECOLOGY SUCKS”,  (which prompted a flurry of applause)

    SIMPLY PUT:  THE WA STATE  DEPT OF ECOLOGY (DOE) CHANGES TO PUBLIC RECORDS IS  A MONEY DEAL.

    JAN 20, 2013 “ECOLOGY SUCKS” WAS MY  PUBLISHED OPINION AND ON SEPT 22, 2017  I’M STICKING WITH IT!

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    This is the 994th posting on behindmyback.org since Jan 29, 2013

    This posting is over 3000 words.

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    Complete unedited text

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Ballard, Laura (ECY)

    To: ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

    Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:52 AM

    Subject: The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-03 WAC, Public Records The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: September 15, 2017

    Chapter 173-03 WAC, Public Records

    For more information:

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/laws-rules/wac17303/1614ov.html

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    Chapter 173-03 WAC Public Records

    Incorporates changes made by Emergency Rule- WAC 173-03-9000E

    Overview

    Introduction

    The Department of Ecology is proposing amendments to Chapter 173-03 WAC Public Records. The purpose of this chapter is to implement the requirements of the Public Records Act including the process the agency uses for disclosing records.

    This update will modernize the rule to reflect current law, technology, and processes. On 7/20/17 we filed an emergency rule amendment to implement changes passed by the legislature during the 2017 legislative session.  This emergency rule will be in place until 11/17/2017.  The content of this emergency rule will be included in the permanent rulemaking we are conducting.

    Why it matters

    The rule has not been updated since 1998 and needs to reflect current law, technology, and processes. The rule also contains outdated information about Ecology programs and staff, which will be made current and will reflect changes made in the 2017 legislative session.

    Scope of rule development

    Ecology is proposing to amend Chapter 173-03 WAC. This update will modernize the rule to reflect current law, technology, and processes.

    Process of development

    Please refer to the Timeline and Public Involvement information to stay informed about the rulemaking.

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    To join or leave ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK click here:

    http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK

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    Chapter 173-03 WAC

    PUBLIC RECORDS

    Complete Chapter

    WAC Sections

    173-03-010

    What is the purpose of this chapter?

    173-03-020

    How are specific terms defined in this chapter?

    173-03-030

    How is the department of ecology organized?

    173-03-040

    How do I get access to the public records of the department of ecology?

    173-03-050

    What records are retained and how are they indexed?

    173-03-060

    How do I request a public record?

    173-03-070

    How much will it cost me to view a public record?

    173-03-080

    What happens when the department denies a public records request?

    173-03-090

    What do I do if I object to the department’s denial to review a public record?

    173-03-100

    How does the department protect public records?

     

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003?

    WAC 173-03-010

    What is the purpose of this chapter?

    The purpose of this chapter is to implement the requirements of RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 relating to public records.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-010, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-010, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-010, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-020

    How are specific terms defined in this chapter?

    (1) The terms “person,” “public record,” and “writing” shall have the meanings as stated in RCW 42.17.020.

    (2) “Department” means the department of ecology.

    (3) “Director” means the director of the department.

    (4) “Public records officer” means the employee designated as such by the department.

    (5) “Designee” means the employee of the department designated by the director or the public records officer to serve as the public records coordinator at the headquarters offices or at each of the regional offices in the absence of the officer.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-020, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-020, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-020, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-030

    How is the department of ecology organized?

    (1) Headquarters office.

    (a) The headquarters office is located at 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey, Washington. The mailing address for the headquarters office is:

    Department of Ecology

    P.O. Box 47600

    Olympia, Washington 98504-7600

    The mailing address for the nuclear waste management program’s Hanford project is:

    Nuclear Waste Management

    1315 W. 4th Ave.

    Kennewick, WA 99336

    (b) The offices of the director, deputy director(s), program managers and other agency officials are located in the headquarters office.

    (c) The titles of the executive staff are as follows:

    Chief financial officer for financial services.

    Administrative services manager for administrative services.

    Director for intergovernmental relations.

    Director for employee services.

    Director for communications and education.

    Assistant administrator for spills prevention, preparedness and response.

    (2) The program offices located in the headquarters office are:

    (a) Air quality;

    (b) Water resources;

    (c) Water quality;

    (d) Toxics cleanup;

    (e) Nuclear waste;

    (f) Solid waste and financial assistance;

    (g) Hazardous waste and toxics reductions;

    (h) Environmental investigations and laboratory services; and

    (i) Shorelands and environmental assistance.

    (3) Regional offices and their geographical jurisdictions are as follows:

    (a) Northwest regional office (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, Island, King, and Kitsap counties):

    3190 – 160th Avenue S.E.

    Bellevue, WA 98008-5452

    (b) Southwest regional office (Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Clark, and Skamania counties):

    300 Desmond Drive

    Lacey, WA 98503

    Mailing address:

    P.O. Box 47775

    Olympia, Washington 98504-7775

    (c) Central regional office (Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, and Klickitat counties):

    15 West Yakima, Suite 200

    Yakima, WA 98902-3401

    (d) Eastern regional office (Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Grant, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin counties):

    1. 4601 Monroe, Suite 100

    Spokane, Washington 99205-1295

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-030, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-030, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-030, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-030, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-040

    How do I get access to the public records of the department of ecology?

    (1) All public records of the department are available for public inspection and copying under these rules subject to subsections (2), (3), (4), and (5) of this section.

    (2) Availability of public records is subject to the exemptions and prohibitions against disclosure contained in RCW 42.17.310, 42.17.130, 42.17.255, 42.17.260, and 90.52.020. In addition, individuals may request, and ecology may grant, confidentiality of documents from disclosure under RCW 43.21A.160 and 70.105.170.

    (3) When a public record includes information which, if disclosed, would lead to an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy, and the department becomes aware of this fact, the department shall delete such information before making the record available.

    (4) Public records requested may not be readily available for immediate inspection. If the requested records are not readily available, the department shall notify the requester when and where those records will be available.

    (5) Public records of the department are kept by the department or state archives until scheduled for destruction by the records retention schedule in accordance with chapter 40.14 RCW. Public records subject to a request for disclosure when scheduled for destruction shall be retained by the department and may not be erased or destroyed until the request is resolved.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-040, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-040, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-040, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-050

    What records are retained and how are they indexed?

    The records retention schedule established by the division of state archives of the office of the secretary of state serves as an index for the identification and location of the following records:

    (1) All records issued before July 1, 1990, for which the department has maintained an index;

    (2) Final orders entered after June 30, 1990, that are issued in adjudicative proceedings as defined in RCW 34.05.010(1) and that contain an analysis or decision of substantial importance to the department in carrying out its duties;

    (3) Declaratory orders entered after June 30, 1990, that are issued pursuant to RCW 34.05.240 and that contain an analysis or decision of substantial importance to the department in carrying out its duties; and

    (4) Interpretive statements as defined in RCW 34.05.010(8) that were entered after June 30, 1990.

    The records retention schedule indexes records according to the originating program or section, and then the record series title. Each title is further identified by a statement of function or purpose, and the retention period. The records retention schedule is available to the public for inspection and copying. With the assistance of the public records officer or designee, any person can obtain access to public records of the department using the records retention schedule.

    A separate index of policy statements as defined in RCW 34.05.010(4) entered after June 30, 1990, shall be maintained by the department’s policy manual coordinator or designees.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-050, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-050, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-050, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-060

    How do I request a public record?

    (1) All requests for inspection or copying made in person at a department office shall be made on a form substantially as follows:

    REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS

    Date of Request . . . .

    Time of Request . . . .

    Name . . . .

    Address . . . .

    . . . .

    Description of Records:

    . . . .

    . . . .

    . . . .

    I understand that if a list of individuals is provided me by the Department of Ecology, it will neither be used to promote the election of an official nor promote nor oppose a ballot proposition as prohibited by RCW 42.17.130 nor for commercial purposes nor give or provide access to material to others for commercial purposes as prohibited by RCW 42.17.260(9).

    I understand that I will be charged the amount necessary to reimburse the department’s cost for copying.

    . . . .

    Signature

    Number of pages to be copied

    . . . .

    Number of copies per page

    . . . .

    Charge per copy

    $

    . . . .

    Special copy work charge

    $

    . . . .

    Staff time charge

    $

    . . . .

    Total charge

    $

    . . . .

    (2) You may request records in person at a department of ecology office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

    (3) If you make your request by mail, your request must contain the following information:

    (a) The name and address of the person making the request and the organization the person represents;

    (b) The time of day and calendar date on which the person wishes to inspect the public records;

    (c) A description of the public records requested;

    (d) A statement whether access to copying equipment is desired;

    (e) A phone number where the person can be reached in case the public records officer or designate needs to contact the person for further description of the material or any other reason.

    (f) A statement that the record will not be used for commercial purposes.

    (4) The department must receive all requests at least five business days before the requested date of inspection to allow the public records officer or designee to make certain the requested records are available and not exempt and, if necessary, to contact the person requesting inspection. The department will process all requests in a timely manner. However, large requests or requests for public records maintained offsite may require more than five business days to prepare. The department will respond to your request within five business days of receiving it, by either:

    (a) Providing the record;

    (b) Acknowledging that the department has received the request and providing a reasonable estimate of the time the department will require to respond to the request; or

    (c) Denying the public record request.

    Additional time required to respond to a request may be based upon the need to clarify the intent of the request, to locate and assemble the information requested, to notify third persons or agencies affected by the request, or to determine whether any of the information requested is exempt and that a denial should be made as to all or part of the request. In acknowledging receipt of a public record request that is unclear, the department may ask the requestor to clarify what information the requestor is seeking. If the requestor fails to clarify the request, the agency need not respond to it.

    (5) The department may in its discretion fill requests made by telephone or facsimile copy (fax).

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-060, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-060, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-060, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-060, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-070

    How much will it cost me to view a public record?

    The department does not charge a fee for the inspection of public records. The department will charge an amount necessary to reimburse its costs for providing copies of records. This amount shall be reviewed from time to time by the department, and shall represent the costs of providing copies of public records and for use of the department’s copy equipment, including staff time spent copying records, preparing records for copying, and restoring files. This charge is the amount necessary to reimburse the department for its actual costs for copying and is payable at the time copies are furnished. The charge for special copy work of nonstandard public records shall reflect the total cost, including the staff time necessary to safeguard the integrity of these records.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-070, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-070, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-070, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-070, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-080

    What happens when the department denies a public records request?

    When the department refuses, in whole or part, a request for inspection of any public record, it must include a statement of the specific exemption authorizing the refusal and a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the record withheld.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-080, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-080, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-090

    What do I do if I object to the department’s denial to review a public record?

    (1) Any person who objects to the refusal of a request for a public record may petition for prompt review of that decision by submitting a written request for review. The written request shall specifically refer to the written statement by the public records officer or designee which constituted or accompanied the refusal.

    (2) Immediately after receiving a written request for review of a decision denying a public record, the public records officer or other staff member denying the request shall refer it to the director or the director’s delegate. The director or delegate shall immediately consider the matter and either affirm or reverse the refusal. The final decision shall be sent to the objecting person within two business days following receipt of the petition for review.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-090, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-090, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-100

    How does the department protect public records?

    In order to adequately protect the public records of the department, you must comply with the following guidelines while inspecting public records:

    (1) You may not remove any public record from the department’s premises.

    (2) You must have a designated department employee present while you are inspecting a public record.

    (3) You may not mark or deface a public record in any manner during inspection.

    (4) You may not dismantle public records which are maintained in a file or jacket, or in chronological or other filing order, or those records which, if lost or destroyed, would constitute excessive interference with the department’s essential functions.

    (5) Access to file cabinets, shelves, vaults, or other storage areas is restricted to department personnel, unless other arrangements are made with the public records officer or designee.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-100, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-100, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-100, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-100, filed 1/17/78.]

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    The bottom line…..

    THE WA STATE  DEPT OF ECOLOGY (DOE) CHANGES TO PUBLIC RECORDS IS  A MONEY DEAL.

    JAN 20, 2013 “ECOLOGY SUCKS” WAS MY  PUBLISHED OPINION AND ON SEPT 22, 2017  I’M STICKING WITH IT!


  • WA DOE Rules Recreational Use of Water?

    TO PROTECT SURFACE WATER CONTACT BY RECREATIONAL USERS?

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Ballard, Laura (ECY)

    To: ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

    Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 3:51 PM

    Subject: The following rule pre-proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-201A WAC- Recreational Use Criteria

    WHAT ARE THE CURRENT SURFACE WATER CONTACT RECREATIONAL USES?

    Find Designated Uses for Waters of the State

    Aquatic Life Uses (see WAC 173-201A-200)(1):

     

    Recreational Uses: (see WAC 173-201A-200)(2))

    Extraordinary Primary Cont.

    Extraordinary quality primary contact waters. Waters providing extraordinary protection against waterborne disease or that serve as tributaries to extraordinary quality shellfish harvesting areas.

    Primary Cont.

    Primary contact recreation.

    Secondary Cont.

    Secondary contact recreation.

     

    Designated uses have sometimes been called “BENEFICIAL USES” and include public water supply, protection for fish, shellfish, and wildlife,

    AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL

    Miscellaneous Uses: (see WAC 173-201A-200)(4))

    Wildlife Habitat

    Wildlife habitat.

    Harvesting

    Fish harvesting.

    Commerce/Navigation

    Commerce and navigation.

    Boating

    Boating.

    Aesthetics

    Aesthetic values.

     

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    Find Designated Uses for Waters of the State

    SHALL WE HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BETWEEN THE LAW AND THE DOE RULE?

    (RCW 90.58.020) Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs)

    There are three basic policy areas to the Act: shoreline use, environmental protection and public access. The Act emphasizes accommodation of appropriate uses that require a shoreline location, protection of shoreline environmental resources and protection of the public’s right to access and use the shorelines

    Public access: Master programs must include a public access element making provisions for public access to publicly owned areas, and a recreational element for the preservation and enlargement of recreational opportunities.

    The overarching policy is that “the public’s opportunity to enjoy the physical and aesthetic qualities of natural shorelines of the state shall be preserved to the greatest extent feasible consistent with the overall best interest of the state and the people generally. “Alterations of the natural conditions of the shorelines of the state, in those limited instances when authorized, shall be given priority for…development that will provide an opportunity for substantial numbers of people to enjoy the shorelines of the state.”

    SHALL WE THE CITIZENS BE ALLOWED TO WALK ON THE SHORELINE BUT NOT TAKE RECREATION  IN THE WATER?

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    CONTINUED….

    Designated uses have sometimes been called “BENEFICIAL USES” and include public water supply, protection for fish, shellfish, and wildlife,

    AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL

    agricultural, industrial, navigational and aesthetic purposes. Water quality criteria designed to protect the designated uses and are used to assess the general health of Washington surface waters and set permit limits. Marine and fresh waters have designated uses assigned in a “use-based” format, where individual waterbodies are assigned individual uses.

    To find the designated uses for marine waterbodies refer to WAC 173-201A-610 and 612. For marine aquatic life uses see map (PDF). For marine criteria refer to WAC 173-201A-210, 240, and 260.

    Finding designated uses and criteria for rivers and streams is slightly more complex because of the large number of salmonid species and their complex freshwater spawning cycles.

    To find the designated use(s) for rivers and streams refer to WAC 173-201A-600 and 602 (Table 602) of the water quality standards.

    Table 602 is an extensive listing of waterbodies and the uses assigned to those waterbodies. Section 600 outlines default uses for those waterbodies not specifically named in Table 602.

     

    Chapter 246-260 WAC: WATER RECREATION FACILITIES

    apps.leg.wa.gov › WACs › Title 246

    Mar 27, 2014 – Special design and construction provisions for hotels and motels (transient accommodations) serving fewer than fifteen living units and for spas …

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    The Department of Ecology plans to amend Chapter 173-201A WAC, Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington.

    This rulemaking will:

    • Include new indicators and numeric criteria TO PROTECT WATER CONTACT RECREATIONAL USES in sections 200(2) and 210(3).
    • REVIEW CURRENT WATER CONTACT RECREATIONAL USE categories and modify sections 600 and 610 if necessary.
    • Improve the location information in use designation tables listed in this chapter – Table 602, USE DESIGNATIONS FOR FRESH WATERS AND Table 612, USE DESIGNATIONS FOR MARINE WATERS

     

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Ballard, Laura (ECY)

    To: ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

    Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 3:51 PM

    Subject: The following rule pre-proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-201A WAC- Recreational Use Criteria

    The following rule pre-proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser:

    August 16th, 2017

    Chapter 173-201A WAC: Recreational Use Criteria

    For more information:

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/ruledev/wac173201A/1607/1607timedocs.html

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    Chapter 173-201A WAC
    Recreational Use Criteria

     

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    The Department of Ecology plans to amend Chapter 173-201A WAC, Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington.

    This rulemaking will:

    • Include new indicators and numeric criteria to protect water contact recreational uses in sections 200(2) and 210(3).
    • Review current water contact recreational use categories and modify sections 600 and 610 if necessary.
    • Improve the location information in use designation tables listed in this chapter – Table 602, Use designations for fresh waters and Table 612, Use designations for marine waters.

    Timeline and Documents

     

    Date (date subject to change)

    Activity

    August 16, 2017

    Announcement Phase (CR-101)
    Announcement documents
    Read the CR-101

    August 16, 2017 – Spring 2018

    Rule Development Phase
    Develop and prepare the rule language, regulatory analyses documents, SEPA documents, and other information.

    Spring 2018

    Rule Proposal Phase (CR -102)
    Proposal documents available upon filing.

    Spring 2018

    Hold public hearing comment period.

    Spring – Fall 2018

    Review public comments and prepare adoption packet.

    Fall 2018

    Rule Adoption Phase (CR-103)
    Documents available upon filing.

    Fall 2018

    Rule effective (usually 31 days after filing)

    Accessibility (ADA) – For documents in alternate format, call 360-407-6600, 711 (relay service), or 877-833-6341 (TTY). Also see Ecology’s ADA Accessibility page.

    ADDITIONAL RULE INFORMATION

    CONTACT

    Bryson Finch
    360-407-7158
    bryson.finch@ecy.wa.gov

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    To find the designated use(s) for rivers and streams refer to WAC 173-201A-600 and 602 (Table 602) of the water quality standards. Table 602 is an extensive listing of waterbodies and the uses assigned to those waterbodies. Section 600 outlines default uses for those waterbodies not specifically named in Table 602.

    Publication Summary Table  602.

    Title

    Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington, Chapter 173-201A WAC

    Publication number

    Date Published

    Date Revised

    06-10-091

    December 2006

    March 2017

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    Description

    This updated version of publication #06-10-091 incorporates rule language adopted by Ecology on August 1, 2016.

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    The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment. To help us meet that goal, please consider the environment before you print or request a copy.

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  • Ecology’s Agenda July-Dec. 2017

    WA STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY (DOE)

    WSR 17-16-063 [Filed July 25, 2017, 2:12 p.m.]

    Rule-Making Agenda July – December 2017

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    FROM JAN 26, 2011…..

    WA STATE (DOE) ECOLOGY THE WE’S WHO ALWAYS WANT MORE

    Behind My Back | WA DOE $50 Comment Recording Fee?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/07/12/6854/

    Jul 12, 2017Protests must be accompanied by a $50 recording fee payable to the Department of …. www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/26/fee-fie-foe-fum/.

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    Behind My Back | Are You A Normal Person?

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/05/18/are-you-a-normal-person/

    May 18, 2015If you‘re a normal person, you‘d answer “yes, people usually are more important … www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/01/high–dry-and-destitute/.

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    WA State DOE | Citizen Review Online

    citizenreviewonline.org/category/wa-state-doe/page/2/

    Jan 25, 2013from Behind My Back.org. DEPRIVED OF … (previously posted behindmyback.org.) …. “It’s a money deal,” she said, adding, “Ecology sucks.

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    Behind My Back | “Ecology Sucks”

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/04/15/ecology-sucks/

    Apr 15, 2013 – Ecology Sucks” And, the rest of the story. The local news … citizenreviewonline.org/ecologys-qa-session-in-sequim-about-… Jan 17, 2013 …

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    Dungeness Water Rule: Control of the water – control of the people …

    citizenreviewonline.org/dungeness-water-rule-control-of-the-water-control-of-the-peo…

    Apr 16, 2013 – visit my website behindmyback.org for more educational WATER posts …. Yes, I did say “ECOLOGY SUCKS” that is my position and I am …

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    YES, I DID SAY ECOLOGY SUCKS ON Jan 17, 2013.

    THAT IS MY PUBLISHED OPINION AND ON AUG 16, 2017,  I’M STICKING WITH IT!

    WSR 17-16-063

    AGENDA

    DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY

    [Filed July 25, 2017, 2:12 p.m.]

    Pursuant to RCW 34.05.314, following is the department of ecology’s rule[s] agenda for July – December 2017.

    If you have any questions please contact Bari Schreiner by phone (360) 407-6998 or email Bari.Schreiner@ecy.wa.gov.

    Rule-Making Agenda

    July – December 2017

    Where “est.” appears before a date that means the date is an estimate.

    AO Number

    WAC Chapter

    Date of

    Filing

    CR-101

    Date of

    Filing

    CR 102

    Hearing Date(s)

    Date of

    Filing

    CR 103

    Rule-Making

    Lead

    Administration

    16-14

    Chapter 173-03 WAC, Public records

    2/28/17

    est.

    September 2017

    est.

    October 2017

    emergency rule 7/20/17 permanent rule adoption est. December 2017

    Linda Anderson

    16-10

    Chapter 173-323 WAC, Grants and loans

    7/25/17

    est.

    October 2017

    est.

    November 2017

    est.

    December 2017

    Bari Schreiner

    Air Quality

    16-12

    Chapter 173-407 WAC, Carbon dioxide mitigation program, greenhouse gases emissions performance standard and sequestration plans and programs for thermal electric generating facilities

    2/7/17

    est.

    September 2017

    est.

    October 2017

    est.

    February 2018

    Caroline Sun

    16-09

    Chapter 173-455 WAC, Air quality fee rule and chapter 173-400 WAC, General regulations for air pollution sources

    2/6/17

    est.

    August 2017

    est.

    September 2017

    est.

    February 2018

    Joanna Ekrem

    15-07

    Chapter 173-400 WAC, General regulations for air pollution sources and chapter 173-401 WAC, Operating permit regulations

    7/21/15 Revised CR-101 12/16/16

    est.

    fall 2017

    est.

    fall 2017

    est.

    winter 2018

    Elena Guilfoil

    Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction

    16-03

    Chapter 173-303 WAC, Dangerous waste regulations

    original CR-101 2/17/16 withdrawal of pervious [previous] CR-101 and filing of new CR-101 2/21/17

    est.

    July 2018

    est.

    August 2018

    est.

    November 2017

    Rob Rieck

    16-08

    Chapter 173-334 WAC, Children’s safe products—Reporting rule

    8/9/16

    3/22/17

    4/25/17

    est.

    August 2017

    Kara Steward

    Shorelines and Environmental Assistance

    15-06

    Shoreline Management Act implementation rules: Chapters 173-18, 173-20,173-22,173-26, and 173-27 WAC

    9/2/15

    2/28/17

    4/5/17, 4/6/17, 4/11/17 and 4/13/17

    est.

    August 2017

    Fran Sant

    Toxics Cleanup Program

    16-02

    Chapter 173-360 WAC Underground storage tank regulations

    3/23/16

    est.

    November 2017

    est.

    December 2017 or January 2018

    est.

    May 2018

    Kris Grinnell

    Waste 2 Resources

    13-08

    Chapter 173-350 WAC, Solid waste handling standards

    11/5/13

    est.

    November 2017

    est.

    December 2017/January 2018

    est.

    March 2018

    Kyle Dorsey

    15-15

    Chapter 173-312 WAC, Coordinated prevention grants and chapter 173-313 WAC, Local solid waste enforcement grant regulation

    12/22/15

    5/24/17

    6/27/17

    est.

    August 2017

    Kyle Dorsey

    Water Quality

    17-02

    Chapter 173-228 WAC, Vessel sewage no discharge zone

    7/5/17

    est.

    October 2017

    TBD

    est.

    February 2018

    Amy Jankowiak and Becca Conklin

    06-12

    Chapter 173-219 WAC, Reclaimed water

    11/7/06 withdrawn 6/4/14 new CR-101 6/4/14

    6/16/15 continuance filed 8/17/15

    withdrawal 12/23/15

    new CR-102 anticipated August 2017

    first round held in July 2015 second round est. September

    est.

    January 2018

    Jocelyn Jones

    16-04

    Chapter 173-95A WAC, Uses and limitations of the centennial clean water program and chapter 173-98 WAC, Uses and limitations of the water pollution control revolving fund

    7/19/16

    4/19/17

    5/31/17

    est.

    August 2017

    Daniel Thompson

     Open – On Hold

    Air Quality

    13-04

    Chapter 173-491 WAC, Emission standards and controls for sources emitting gasoline gas vapors, chapter 173-400 WAC, general regulations for air pollution sources, and chapter 173-455 WAC, Air quality fee rule

    7/2/13

    on hold

    on hold

    on hold

    Elena Guilfoil

    Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction

    15-12

    Chapter 173-333 WAC, Chemical action plans (formerly PBT)

    10/12/15

    on hold

    on hold

    on hold

    Kara Steward and Rob Rieck

    Water Resources

    05-03

    Chapter 173-525 WAC, Grays Elochoman instream resources protection and water management program WRIA 25

    3/2/05

    4/19/10 continuance filed 6/16/10 expired 11/1/10

    on hold

    on hold

    on hold

    Ann Wessel

    05-04

    Chapter 173-526 WAC, Cowlitz instream resources protection and water management program WRIA 26

    3/2/05

    4/19/10 continuance filed 6/16/10 expired 11/1/10

    on hold

    on hold

    on hold

    Ann Wessel

    05-02

    Chapter 173-503A WAC, Samish River subbasin instream resources protection program, lower and upper Skagit water resources inventory area (WRIAs 3 and 4)

    2/15/05

    on hold

    indefinitely

    on hold

    indefinitely

    on hold

    indefinitely

    Ann Wessel

    Waste 2 Resources

    15-11

    Chapter 173-331 WAC, Vehicle battery recycling program

    12/2/15

    on hold

    on hold

    on hold

    Kyle Dorsey


  • More DOE Fees Increased By Rule

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    —– Original Message —–

    From:Ballard, Laura (ECY)

    To:ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

    Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:43 AM

    Subject: The following rulemaking adoption was filed with the Office for Chapter 173-224 WAC, Water Quality Permit Fees

    The following rulemaking adoption was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser:

    July 20, 2017

    Chapter 173-224 WAC, Water Quality Permit Fees (previously called Wastewater Discharge Permit Fees) For more information:

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/ruledev/wac173224/1611ov.html

    To join or leave ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK click here:

    http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK

    Thank you for using WACTrack.

    Have a good day!

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    RCW 90.48.465 – Water Pollution Control requires that Ecology establish, by rule, annual fees that fund the wastewater and stormwater permit programs.

    Ecology amended Chapter 173-224 WAC – Wastewater Discharge Permit Fees. This amendment allows permit fees to be increased for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 2017 – June 30, 2018) and Fiscal Year 2019 (July 2018 – June 2019) so that we can recover the cost of administering the wastewater and stormwater programs this biennium.

    Scope of rule development

    State law (RCW 80.48.465 – Water Pollution Control) requires Ecology to fund its wastewater and stormwater permit programs through annual fees paid by permit holders.

    The proposed changes sought to continue moving the program toward payment equity between permit categories. Ecology adopted a larger percentage fee increase for underpaying categories and a smaller percentage fee increase for overpaying categories.

    Ecology’s goals in establishing the percentage splits are to honor the need for fund equity while not over-burdening the under-paying categories with an increase that is not sustainable.

    We updated rule language to account for changes in current business practices relating to electronic payment options, collection processes, and data collection. We also removed the winery general permit fee category for the 2017-19 biennium, as this new permit will not be effective until July 1, 2019.

    The adopted percentages increases by category are:

    Underpaying Fee Categories
    SFY 2018
    (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)
    6.37%
    • Aluminum Alloys
    • Aluminum and Magnesium Reduction Mills
    • Aluminum Forming
    • Aggregate Production – Individual and General Permits
    • Aquatic Pest Control
    • Boatyards (Individual and General Permits)
    • Coal Mining and Preparation
    • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
    • Dairies
    • Iron and Steel
    • Metal Finishing
    • Nonferrous Metals Forming
    • Ore Mining
    • Private and State Owned Facilities
    • Shipyards
    • Stormwater Construction (Individual and General Permits)
    • Stormwater Industrial (Individual and General Permits)
    • Stormwater Municipal Phase 1 and 2 Permits
    SFY 2019
    (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)
    5.58%
    Overpaying Fee Categories
    SFY 2018
    (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)
    5.50%
    • Aquaculture
    • Combined Industrial Waste Treatment
    • Combined Food Processing Waste Treatment
    • Combined Sewer Overflow System
    • Commercial Laundry
    • Crop Preparing (Individual and General Permits Facilities
    • Not Otherwise Classified (Individual and General Permits)
    • Flavor Extraction
    • Food Processing
    • Fuel and Chemical Storage
    • Hazardous Waste Cleanup Sites
    • Ink Formulation and Printing
    • Inorganic Chemicals Manufacturing Noncontact Cooling Water With Additives (Individual and General Permits)
    • Noncontact Cooling Water Without Additives (Individual and General Permits)
    • Municipal Wastewater – >250,000 Residential Equivalents
    • Organic Chemical Manufacturing
    • Petroleum Refining
    • Photofinishers
    • Power and/or Steam Plants
    • Radioactive Effluents and Discharges
    • RCRA Corrective Action Sites
    • Seafood Processing
    • Solid Waste Sites
    • Textile Mills
    • Timber Products
    • Vegetable/Bulb Washing Facilities
    • Vehicle Maintenance and Freight Transfer
    • Water Plants (Individual and General Permits)
    SFY19
    (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
    4.50%

    More information on the fees is available for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019.

    INDEED, THE DOE DID…..  update their rules language to account for changes in current business practices relating to electronic payment options, collection processes, and data collection.

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    More information on DOE  fees is available……

    WHERE THE GOVERNMENT DOES MOST OF MY BUSINESS!

    Behind My Back | Drowning in Stormwater Runoff Tax?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/16/drowning-in-stormwater-runoff-tax/

    Mar 16, 2014WHO IS Drowning in WA STATE Stormwater Runoff Tax? …. http://daily.sightline.org/2013/05/09/the-skinny-on-was-new-stormwater-permits-1/.

    THE Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    Participants in The Phase I and II permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis  (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE.)

    The updated rules are contained in the state’s new Municipal Stormwater permits which are administered by the Washington Department of Ecology.

    ECOLOGY IS DESIGNATED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO UPHOLD THE FEDERAL CLEAN WATER ACT

    Phase I Washington Municipal Stormwater Permit

    (COERCED) Participants in THE PHASE I permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis. (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE. in The Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    Phase II Western Washington Municipal Stormwater Permit

    The Phase II permit for western Washington covers at least 80 cities and portions of five counties with an effective date of September 1, 2012. The updated 2013-2018 permit became effective on August 1, 2013.

    The new PHASE II MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PERMIT, which covers the next most populated areas and affects nearly 100 cities around the state.

    (COERCED) Participants in THE PHASE II permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis.

    ECOLOGY IS DESIGNATED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO UPHOLD THE FEDERAL CLEAN WATER ACT


  • Public Notice Every Fruit Packer in WA State

    Public Notice Every Fruit Packer in WA State

    Every new or existing fresh fruit packing facility within the entire state of Washington which receives, packs, stores, and/or ships either hard or soft fruit is required to apply for coverage under either this general permit or an individual NPDES/state waste discharge permit.

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    The following PUBLIC NOTICE published to the Washington State Register May 4, 2016:

    WSR 16-09-074 DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY

    Types of Facilities or Dischargers and Geographic Area Covered:

    Every new or existing fresh fruit packing facility within the entire state of Washington which receives, packs, stores, and/or ships either hard or soft fruit is required to apply for coverage under either this general permit or an individual NPDES/state waste discharge permit.

    ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS: Ecology completed a new economic impact analysis that will be available May 2016

    All written comments should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on June 17, 2016, to the Department of Ecology, 1250 West Alder Street, Union Gap, WA 98903, Attn: Cynthia Huwe, cynthia.huwe@ecy.wa.gov.

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    —– Original Message —–

    From: Rodriguez, RaChelle (ECY)

    To: ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

    Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:05 PM

    Subject: The following Public Notice published to the Washington State Register May 4, 2016

     

    The following Public Notice published to the Washington State Register May 4, 2016:

     

    WSR 16-09-074

    DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY

    [Filed April 18, 2016, 2:18 p.m.]

    PUBLIC NOTICE OF DRAFT GENERAL NATIONAL

    POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (NPDES)

    PERMIT FOR THE FRESH FRUIT PACKING INDUSTRY

    http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/law/wsr/2016/09/16-09-074.htm

    WSR 16-09-074

    DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY

    [Filed April 18, 2016, 2:18 p.m.]

    PUBLIC NOTICE OF DRAFT GENERAL NATIONAL

    POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (NPDES)

    PERMIT FOR THE FRESH FRUIT PACKING INDUSTRY

    Introduction: In 1994, the Washington state department of ecology (ecology) developed an NPDES general permit to regulate the discharge of wastewater from fresh fruit packing facilities.

    This permit was developed to meet the requirements of chapters 90.48, 90.52, and 90.54 RCW as amended, and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) (Title 33 United States Code, Section 1251 et seq.) as amended. All requirements of 40 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) 122.41 and 122.42 are incorporated in this general permit by reference.

    The fruit packing industry is eligible for coverage under a general permit due to: (1) The similar wastewater characteristics among facilities; (2) the uniform discharge conditions to which all facilities would be subject; and (3) the significant reduction of resources necessary for permit handling. However, individual NPDES/state waste discharge permits will still be applied in those instances where ecology determines the general permit is not appropriate for a facility or an individual facility does not wish to be covered by the general permit.

    This general permit establishes treatment/disposal methods, effluent limits, and best management practices for discharges from the fresh fruit packing industry. Compliance with this general permit is anticipated to protect human health and waters of the state.

    Types of Facilities or Dischargers and Geographic Area Covered: Every new or existing fresh fruit packing facility within the entire state of Washington which receives, packs, stores, and/or ships either hard or soft fruit is required to apply for coverage under either this general permit or an individual NPDES/state waste discharge permit.

    Documents Available for Review: You may download a copy of the draft permit and fact sheet at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/permits/fruit_packers/index.html; or you may request a copy from Cynthia Huwe, (509) 457-7105 or e-mail cynthia.huwe@ecy.wa.gov.

    Public Workshops: Public workshops concerning this draft general permit shall be held on May 18, 2016, in Union Gap and May 19, 2016, in Leavenworth. WebDMR training will also take place on these dates. Please see below for location and exact times.

    DATE Wednesday

    May 18, 2016

    Thursday

    May 19, 2016

    WORKSHOP BEGINS 9:00 a.m. to noon 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
    WebDMR TRAINING

    BEGINS

    1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. to noon
    LOCATION Washington State

    Department of Ecology

    – CRO

    Chelan County Fire District #3 Community Fire Hall
    ADDRESS 1250 West Alder Street 228 Chumstick Highway
    CITY Union Gap, WA 98903 Leavenworth, WA 98826
    ROOM 102 B

    Additional WebDMR Training: An additional WQWebDMR system training (training only, no workshop) will be offered on Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Central Regional Office, 1250 West Alder Street, Union Gap, WA, in Conference Room 102B.

    When and How to Submit Comments: Comments on the proposed general permit may be given at the public hearings. Interested persons are also invited to submit written comments regarding the proposed general permit. All written comments should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on June 17, 2016, to the Department of Ecology, 1250 West Alder Street, Union Gap, WA 98903, Attn: Cynthia Huwe, cynthia.huwe@ecy.wa.gov.

    This notice will be published in the legal section of the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Wenatchee Daily World on May 4, 2016. A mailing containing this notice will be sent to all current permittees and other interested parties.

    Final Determination: All comments received at the public hearings or at ecology’s central regional office by 5:00 p.m. on June 17, 2016, will be considered before final permit terms, limitations, and conditions are established. A responsive summary of comments received during the comment period will be prepared and available for public review. If the final content of the general permit remains substantially unchanged from the draft permit, a copy of the final determination in the form of a public notice of issuance shall be forwarded to all persons who submitted written comment or gave public testimony regarding the permit. However, if the final determination is substantially changed, another public notice of draft permit shall be published.

    Economic Impact Analysis: Ecology completed a new economic impact analysis that will be available May 2016, on department of ecology’s publications and forms web site located at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/UIPages/Home.aspx.

    Tentative Determination to Issue: After ecology receives and considers all public comments, it will issue the final permit. Ecology expects to issue the general permit in August 2016, with an effective date of September 1, 2016.

    Further Information: Contact Sanjay Barik at sanjay.barik@ecy.wa.gov, (509) 454-4247; or Marcia Porter at marcia.porter@ecy.wa.gov, (509) 454-7864; 1250 West Alder Street, Union Gap, WA.

    Ecology is an equal opportunity agency and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, disability, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disabled veteran’s status, Vietnam Era veteran’s status or sexual orientation. If you have special accommodation needs or require this document in alternative format, please contact Cynthia Huwe at (509) 457-7105.

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