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Getting Washingtonians involved

Ecology is committed to public involvement and an open process. We want to hear your questions and comments. We want you to attend events. We want you to be engaged.


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Accessibility (ADA)

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Open House for EITEs

Because of the unique challenges facing energy, intensive, trade-exposed (EITE) industries, Washington’s Clean Air Rule will use an individual approach for each facility. The amount of greenhouse gas reductions a particular facility needs to make is based on its efficiency level compared to its national peers.

Based on feedback we heard in the Clean Air Rule comment period, we incorporated an option for EITE organizations to opt out of the EITE compliance pathway and use the standard compliance approach.

Organizations who want to opt out of the EITE compliance pathway are required to report their decision to the Washington Department of Ecology by Dec. 31, 2016.

EITEs are invited to participate in an open house where we will provide organizations the opportunity to ask questions about the two options.

When: Nov. 15, 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Where: Washington Department of Ecology, 300 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Registration: Register by Nov. 11

Public comment

Ecology proposed the Clean Air Rule on May 31, 2016. Since then, we have been collecting comments, questions, suggestions, and feedback from the public, regulated industries, and environmental advocates.

We held an informational webinar and also offered the public a chance to comment on the proposal at two in-person hearings and two webinars. We also accepted comments through our web site, emails, and even fax. Recordings are available on our website.

The public comment period closed July 22 and no new comments are being accepted. We are currently reviewing the more than 2,000 comments we received and preparing an official response.

The official response is called a "Concise Explanatory Statement" and will include the comments about the proposed rule and our response to each. If you would like to receive notice when the CES is published, please use the sign up button on this page.

If you have questions about the review process, please send an email to