Infrastructure, rule, & program plans

We submit plans as well as state and local rules to EPA that show Washington has tools in place to meet national air quality standards. Once approved by EPA, these plans for infrastructure, rules, and programs become part of Washington's State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality. Plans and rules in Washington's State Implementation Plan are enforceable by EPA and the public.

Public comment

We propose revisions to Washington's State Implementation Plan for air quality. These revisions show Washington's ability to attain, maintain, enforce, and implement federal air quality standards through infrastructure requirements and updated rules.

SIP document Comment or request a public hearing

Ecology proposes to send EPA the revised air quality State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include Washington Department of Natural Resources' (DNR's) updated Smoke Management Plan. DNR's updated Smoke Management Plan for forest (silvicultural) burning:

  • Allows forest burning on summer weekends.
  • Changes the time for DNR to decide whether to allow burning to the day before the burning will occur.
  • Requires DNR to deny forest burning if air pollution will be more than allowed by federal air quality standards.
  • Allows burning on forestland under DNR jurisdiction in urban growth areas, with additional precautions.

Documents for review:
• Draft SIP Revision:  Including Washington Department of Natural Resource’s Smoke Management Plan
• DNR's Smoke Management Plan
• SIP Demonstration
SIP Demonstration Appendices 1-4
SIP Demonstration Appendix 5
SIP Demonstration Appendices 6-9
SIP Demonstration Appendix 10
SIP Demonstration Appendix 11
SIP Demonstration Appendix 12
SIP Demonstration Appendices 13-14

Public comment period:  May 25, 2022 – June 30, 2022

Public hearing:  June 28, 2022, 6:30 p.m. online
Register to get your meeting ID and passcode.

Comment online

Mail comments to:
  Laurie Hulse-Moyer, Air Quality Program
  Washington State Department of Ecology
  P.O. Box 47600; Olympia, WA 98504-7600


Accessibility
To request ADA accommodation for the public hearing, email Ecology's ADA coordinator or call 360-407-6831, 711 (relay service), or 877-833-6341 (TTY).

SIP document Public comment

 

 


Accessibility
To request ADA accommodation for the public hearing, email Ecology's ADA coordinator or call 360-407-6831, 711 (relay service), or 877-833-6341 (TTY).

Infrastructure state implementation plans

When EPA revises or issues a new National Ambient Air Quality Standard, the federal Clean Air Act requires each state to adopt and submit to EPA a plan, called an Infrastructure State Implementation Plan. An infrastructure plan shows how the state will implement, meet, and enforce federal standards for specific air pollutants – like nitrogen dioxide, particles (also called particulate matter), lead, and ozone. The plan describes the infrastructure Washington has in place to protect air quality, such as:

  • Legal authority to implement federal standards
  • Rules adopted in the plan to meet federal standards
  • Air monitors to measure air pollution and determine compliance with the federal standards
  • Funding and resources
  • Permitting and other programs
  • Studies about how air pollution travels to neighboring states

Rule state implementation plans

Washington’s plan includes current state and local rules to reduce air pollution and meet federal air quality standards. When state and local agencies revise or add new rules in the plan, we submit those updates to EPA.

Program state implementation plans

A program state implementation plan describes specific programs to protect air quality and meet federal air quality standards.