This rulemaking will amend Chapter 173-224 WAC, Water Quality Permit Fees
This rule amendment allows Ecology to continue recovering expenses in operating and managing the permit programs.
Ecology is proposing to increase fees for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 in order to collect the revenue needed to recover the costs of administering the wastewater and stormwater programs next biennium and move closer to payment equity between fee categories.
Ecology may also propose changes to the structure of specific permit fee categories, beginning with creating the Winery General Permit fee category.
Announcement phase (CR-101)
Jun. 21, 2018
Rule development phase
Summer 2018 – Spring 2019
Public input & involvement
We held a stakeholder meeting at Ecology HQ and via phone on Jan. 8, 2019. We had 13 people attend.
Rule proposal phase (CR-102)
Mar. 7, 2019
Rule proposal documents:
Comments are due by April 30, 2019
. You may submit comments by:
- Testifying or submit written comments at the public hearing.
- Use our online comment system
- Mail comments to:Washington State Department of Ecology,
Charles Gilman, Water Quality Program
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
We will be holding a hearing in person and via webinar on April 23, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Department of Ecology Headquarters
300 Desmond Dr. SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Register for the webinar
We will explain the proposed changes to the permit fees and answer any questions. We will begin the hearing after the question and answer session. During the hearing, the public may give testimony and written comments on the proposed changes to the rule. Written comments will receive the same consideration as verbal testimony.
Fee discount during innovation process testing
Ecology is considering reducing fees for permittees who want to research and test new manufacturing technologies and processes that reduce pollutants. We’ve proposed a three-year, 75 percent discount in associated water quality permit fees when innovative projects result in less permit oversight and pollution. We are looking for feedback on this fee discount program. See our focus sheet for more information
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