ADDITIONAL RULE INFORMATION
Ecology revised two existing chapters, Chapter 173-98 WAC and Chapter 173-95A WAC. The key things we accomplished with the rulemaking are: housekeeping, provided more clarity, provided more flexibility, and took advantage of new funding opportunities.
Chapter 173-98 WAC, Uses and Limitations of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund. This rule sets forth requirements for Ecology’s administration of Washington State's Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (CWSRF), and the Water Pollution Control Revolving Administration Account. CWSRF provides low interest rate loans to public bodies for statewide, high-priority water quality projects that are consistent with the federal Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251-1388.
Chapter 173-95A WAC, Uses and Limitations of the Centennial Clean Water Program. This rule sets forth requirements for Ecology’s administration of the Centennial Clean Water Program (Centennial). Centennial provides financial assistance to public bodies for statewide, high-priority water quality projects in the form of grants and loans through appropriation by the Washington state legislature.
Why it matters
Since rulemaking in 2011, external stakeholders and Ecology have identified several issues related to the lack of clarity and lack of flexibility in the rules. In addition, in 2014 the federal Clean Water Act was amended to allow states to offer loan terms of up to 30 years and to provide loans to acquire land for constructing treatment facilities. And, in 2016, Chapter 90.50A RCW was amended to allow Ecology to offer loan terms of up to 30 years. The extended loan terms and land acquisition amendments provide new funding opportunities.
With this rulemaking, we:
- Addressed "housekeeping" issues
- Provided more clarity
- Provided more flexibility
- Took advantage of new funding opportunities consistent with state and federal updates
Scope of rule development
Ecology did this rulemaking to address issues in rule implementation brought to our attention by stakeholders and to broaden funding opportunities consistent with changes in the federal Clean Water Act and state statute. We also addressed several "housekeeping" issues.