Jul. 23, 2015 Washington Department of Ecology --NEWS

Rule proposal notice: Wastewater discharge permit fees

The Washington State Department of Ecology proposes to adopt amendments to Chapter 173-224 WAC, Wastewater Discharge Permit Fees. The rule proposal will be published in the Washington State Register on August 5, 2015.

What is the purpose of this rule proposal?

The purpose of this rule proposal is increase annual fees by:

5.41% for State Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) and 5.27% for State Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) for the following fee types: Aluminum Alloys, Aluminum & Magnesium Reduction Mills, Aluminum Forming, Aggregate Production – Individual and General Permits, Aquatic Pest Control, Boatyards – Individual and General Permits, Coal Mining and Preparation, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Dairies, Iron and Steel, Metal Finishing, Nonferrous Metals Forming, Ore Mining, Private and State Owned Facilities, Shipyards, Stormwater Construction – Individual and General Permits, Stormwater Industrial – Individual and General Permits, and Stormwater Municipal Phase 1 and 2 Permits.

and by

3.25% for State Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) and 3.21% for State Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) for the following fee types: Aquaculture, Combined Industrial Waste Treatment, Combined Food Processing Waste Treatment, Combined Sewer Overflow System, Commercial Laundry, Crop Preparing – Individual and General Permits, Facilities Not Otherwise Classified – Individual and General Permits, Flavor Extraction, Food Processing, Fuel and Chemical Storage, Hazardous Waste Cleanup Sites, Ink Formulation and Printing, Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing, Noncontact Cooling Water With Additives – Individual and General Permits, Noncontact Cooling Water Without Additives – Individual and General Permits, Organic Chemical Manufacturing, Petroleum Refining, Photofinishers, Power and/or Steam Plants, Pulp, Paper and Paperboard, Radioactive Effluents and Discharges, RCRA Corrective Action Sites, Seafood Processing, Solid Waste Sites, Textile Mills, Timber Products, Vegetable/Bulb Washing Facilities, Vehicle Maintenance and Freight Transfer,

Water Plants – Individual and General Permits, and Wineries – Individual Permits. Ecology is also adding three new fee categories that will include Bridge Washing, In-water Vessel Deconstruction, and Wineries – General Permits.

King County DNR Wastewater Treatment will have fees increased by 4.22% for State Fiscal Year 2016 and 4.19% for State Fiscal Year 2017.

What documents are available for review and comment?

The following documents are now available for review and comment:

§ Proposed rule language.

§ Small Business Economic Impact Statement (SBEIS).

§ Preliminary Cost-Benefit and Least Burdensome Alternative Analyses.

To download these documents visit:

Public Comment period

You can submit comments on this proposal through September 9, 2015.

You can give us your official comments in the following ways:

1. Testify or submit written comments at public hearings.

2. Email comments electronically to

3. Fax your comments to Bev Poston at (360) 407-7151.

4. Mail comments to:

Department of Ecology

Bev Poston, Water Quality Program

PO Box 47600

Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Public hearing on Aug. 31

Ecology will hold a public hearing by videoconference beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2015, to be held at Ecology regional offices in Bellevue, Lacey, Spokane and Union Gap. For more information, visit our website.

Ecology’s response to your comments

All of the comments Ecology receives will become part of the official record. Ecology will publish responses to comments in a document called a Concise Explanatory Statement (CES). The CES is required by the Administrative Procedure Act (RCW 34.05) and is available after the rule is adopted. You will find your name listed in the document with a reference to where, in the document, Ecology responded your comments.

Expected adoption date

Ecology expects to adopt this rule no earlier than November 18, 2015.