Chapter 173-446A WAC

Ecology is proposing a new rule, Chapter 173-446A WAC, Criteria for Emissions-Intensive, Trade-Exposed Industries.  The purpose of this rulemaking is to implement parts of the Climate Commitment Act.  In May 2021, the governor signed the Climate Commitment Act which established a cap-and-invest program to help achieve Washington's greenhouse gas limits by 2050.

This rulemaking may:

  • Establish criteria to identify emissions-intensive, trade-exposed (EITE) industries that will be eligible for no-cost allowances.
  • Consider the locations of potential emissions-intensive, trade-exposed businesses in relation to overburdened communities while developing the criteria.
  • Include requirements necessary to support the above items, the overall objectives of the statute or chapter, or the goals of the Climate Commitment Act.

Rulemaking timeline


Announcement phase (CR-101)

Filing date:
Aug. 4, 2021

Announcement documents

Rule development phase

August 4, 2021 – Winter 2021

Public input & involvement

Public comment period (informal)
September 7, 2021 – September 30, 2021

Comment on the draft rule.

Ecology's meeting with stakeholders

Date Documents Location
September 21, 2021
10 a.m. – noon
Draft rule language
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