Chapter 173-445 WAC

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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Rulemaking timeline

Timeline

Announcement phase (CR-101)

Filing date:
April 30, 2020


Announcement documents

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:

  1. GAP Rule Framework – this provides the concepts we will use to develop the draft rule and context for the rule
  2. Draft GAP Rule Language for the definitions and applicability sections
  3. 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 gaprule@ecy.wa.gov. All comments received are subject to public disclosure and applicable public records laws.

Ecology's past meetings with stakeholders
 

Date Topic Location Online Access

Thursday
June 25, 2020
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Agenda:

Meeting summary

Webinar This meeting has concluded. View the video of our June 25 presentation on YouTube.
Thursday
July 23, 2020
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Agenda:

Meeting summary

Webinar

This meeting has concluded. View the video of our July 23 presentation on YouTube.

Thursday
Aug. 27, 2020
9:30 a.m. – noon
Agenda:

Meeting summary

Webinar

This meeting has concluded. View the video of our Aug. 27 presentation on YouTube.

Thursday
Sept. 24, 2020
Cancelled Webinar

This meeting has been cancelled.

Thursday
Oct. 29, 2020
9:30 a.m. – noon
Agenda:

Meeting Summary 

Webinar

This meeting has concluded. View the video of our Oct. 29 presentation on YouTube.

Tuesday
Nov. 17, 2020
9 a.m. – noon
Agenda:

Meeting summary

Webinar

This meeting has concluded. View the video of our Nov. 17 presentation on YouTube.

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Accessibility

To request ADA accommodation for disabilities, or printed materials in a format for the visually impaired, contact Ecology's ADA Coordinator by email at ecyadacoordinator@ecy.wa.gov, or call 360-407-6831. People with impaired hearing may call Washington Relay Service at 711. People with speech disability may call TTY at 877-833-6341.