We are conducting 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.
Rulemaking is currently being done for the Climate Commitment Act and Clean Fuel Standard and we want to consider the public input on these rules and evaluate any potential intersections with the new rules and the GAP rule.
We will be pausing the GAP rulemaking to allow time to thoughtfully consider the new rules and potential implications for the GAP rule. The draft GAP rule is expected to be released for public review and comment sometime in 2023.
Further updates to the timeline will be posted to this webpage and will also be sent to the GAP Rulemaking email list.
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Announcement phase (CR-101)
April 30, 2020
Rule development phase
April 30, 2020 to 2023
Public input & involvement
We held five public webinars from June through November 2020 on our initial thoughts for the GAP rule and asked questions to gather input. In March 2021, we provided additional documents for input and feedback and held an informal comment period. The information included:
We will consider the feedback and input we have received throughout this process to develop the draft 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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