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Comment Period

Criteria for Emissions-Intensive, Trade-Exposed (EITE) Industries

Informal public comment period

Sept. 7, 2021 - Sept. 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

Ecology is starting rulemaking for Chapter 173-446A WAC, Criteria for Emissions-Intensive, Trade-Exposed (EITE) Industries.

Comment on draft rule language to help us write the proposed rule. An informal public comment period occurs during rulemaking before we propose a rule (file the CR-102 form). During an informal public comment period, we use comments to help us write the proposed rule. We will hold a formal public comment period this winter when we propose the rule.

This rulemaking may:

  • Establish criteria to identify emissions-intensive, trade-exposed (EITE) industries that will be eligible for no-cost allowances.
  • Consider the locations of potential emissions-intensive, trade-exposed businesses in relation to overburdened communities while developing the criteria.
  • Include requirements necessary to support the above items, the overall objectives of the statute or chapter, or the goals of the Climate Commitment Act.



We write rules to implement and enforce state and federal environmental laws and rules.  Ecology follows a 3-phase process for rulemaking:

  1. Announcement and development
  2. Proposal
  3. Adoption

For each phase of the process, we update the rulemaking web page and notify interested parties. We also file notice in the Washington State Register. To learn more about Ecology’s rulemaking process, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

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Katie Wolt
Washington Department of Ecology
Air Quality Program
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
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