We have started rulemaking as directed by Governor Inslee. The purpose of this rulemaking is to create a new rule, Chapter 173-445 WAC, Greenhouse Gas Assessment for Projects, also known as the GAP rule. This rulemaking will:
- Address analysis and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions for environmental assessments of industrial and fossil fuel projects.
- Provide consistent and comprehensive assessment methods for industrial and fossil fuel projects.
- Provide clarity and transparency to industry, the public, and agencies.
The governor's original directive, dated Dec. 19, 2019, was updated on March 3, 2021, extending the rulemaking deadline to December 31, 2021.
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Announcement phase (CR-101)
April 30, 2020
Rule development phase
April 30, 2020 – Spring 2021
Public input & involvement
We held five public webinars from June through November 2020 on our initial thoughts for the rule and asked questions. We considered the feedback we received and have developed more detailed information about the draft GAP rule. This information is being released for informal comment and we will consider your comments as we draft the GAP rule.
The informal comment period is from March 2 through March 30, 2021. There are three documents we would like your input on:
- GAP Rule Framework – this provides the concepts we will use to develop the draft rule and context for the rule
- Draft GAP Rule Language for the definitions and applicability sections
- Questions on mitigation for the GAP rule
You can provide input and feedback for the rule using our online comment form, or view comments already submitted on our eComments page.
You can also submit input and feedback by emailing gap‑firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments received are subject to public disclosure and applicable public records laws.
Ecology's past meetings with stakeholders
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