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Jul. 17, 2017 Ecology

Announcing the Bridge and Ferry Terminal Washing NPDES General Permit

Announcing the Bridge and Ferry Terminal Washing NPDES General Permit

Purpose of the permit

The Bridge and Ferry Terminal Washing NPDES General Permit allows for the regular maintenance cleaning, preparatory washing, and painting of bridge and ferry terminals and associated metal structures over waters of the state. The activities permitted by the permit aid bridge inspectors with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in performing in-depth inspections to assess the structural integrity of bridges and ferry terminals across the state, and conduct maintenance operations to prolong structural integrity and increase public safety.

Public notice process and comments

Ecology accepted public comment on the draft permit, fact sheet and Notice of Intent from Oct. 19, 2016 until Dec. 2, 2016. We hosted a webinar, public workshop, and hearing in Lacey, Washington on Nov. 22, 2016. We received written comments during the public comment period and responded to these comments in Appendix C of the fact sheet. 

 

Copies of the permit

You may download copies of the permit, the response to comments, and the fact sheet on our website at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/permits/bridgewashing/index.html

You may request hardcopies of the documents from Foroozan Labib at foroozan.labib@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-6439.

Appeal options

The terms and conditions of this general permit, being issued June 21, 2017 may be appealed only by filing an appeal in writing to the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) and by serving it upon Ecology at the addresses below. E-mail is not accepted. Appeals of the general permit must be made within 30 days of issuance or receipt, whichever is later (see RCW 43.21B) (“RCW” is the Revised Code of Washington). The procedures and requirements for the appeal process are contained in RCW 43.21B.310. An appeal must be filed with:

 

Address and location information

                    Street Addresses

Mailing Addresses

Department of Ecology

Attn: Appeals Processing Desk

300 Desmond Drive Southeast

Lacey, WA 98503

Department of Ecology

Attn: Appeals Processing Desk

PO Box 47608

Olympia, WA  98504-7608

Pollution Control Hearings Board

1111 Israel Road Southwest, Suite 301

Tumwater, WA  98501

Pollution Control Hearings Board

PO Box 40903

Olympia, WA  98504-0903

 

Questions

If you have questions, please contact Foroozan Labib at foroozan.labib@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-6439.