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SEPA Determination of Significance, EIS Scoping meeting

Chapter 363-116 WAC, Pilotage Rules - Board of Pilotage Commissioners

March 21, 2023, 10 a.m., Online webinar

We are holding a scoping meeting on the scope of a proposed EIS for Chapter 363-116 WAC.

We are holding an online scoping meeting to provide a verbal comment opportunity on the scope of a proposed EIS, based on the SEPA Determination of Significance issued with this rulemaking announcement. The purpose of the meeting is to present information about the rulemaking, the SEPA process, and to provide a verbal comment opportunity on the scope of the proposed EIS.


The Board of Pilotage Commissioners, in consultation with our agency, is conducting a rulemaking to amend Chapter 363-116 WAC, Pilotage Rules. Chapter 363-116 WAC describes the training, licensing, and regulation of Washington State maritime pilots to ensure safe pilotage. Chapter 363-116 WAC also describes tug-escort requirements for oil tankers in Washington waters.

Review related documents on the webpage for this rulemaking.

We write rules to implement and enforce state and federal environmental laws and rules.  We follow a three-phase process for rulemaking:

  1. Announcement and development
  2. Proposal
  3. Adoption

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

For this rulemaking, we will lead the rulemaking process for BPC and will conduct the regulatory analyses required by the Administrative Procedure Act, State Environmental Policy Act, and the Regulatory Fairness Act. The BPC will make final decisions on tug escort requirements.

We and the BPC have determined that the rulemaking may have a significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is required under RCW 43.21C.030 (2)(c) and will be prepared. Agencies, affected tribes, and members of the public are invited to comment on the scope of the EIS.

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March 21, 2023, 10 a.m.
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    868 4143 7378
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Kim Morley
Ecology SEPA Lead for this rulemaking
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Comment period

Chapter 363-116 WAC, Pilotage Rules, Board of Pilotage Commissioners — SEPA Determination of Significance EIS Scoping Comment Period
Closes: April 8, 2023, 11:59 p.m.
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