Washington State Department of Ecology - August 26, 2013

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Public hearing Sept. 24 on proposed changes to wastewater permit fees

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) invites the public to comment on proposed changes to fees it collects for several categories of wastewater discharge permits.

Permits are the state’s primary tool to prevent water pollution. They set limits on how much pollution can be discharged into the environment by businesses, local governments, and other entities.

Fees recoup the state’s costs to administer the permits. The proposed fee increase amounts were set by the state Legislature.

Ecology proposes to increase fees only for those permit types that do not cover the state’s administration costs.

The following permit categories would be increased by the state’s fiscal growth factor. This would amount to 4.55 percent for state fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014) and 4.63 percent for fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015):

Learn more and get involved by attending a statewide public hearing by video-conference at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at any of the following Ecology offices:

Bellevue: Northwest Regional Office, 3190 – 160th Ave. S.E., 98008-5452, Room 1C.

Lacey: Headquarters Building, 300 Desmond Drive, 98503-1274, Room ROA-05.

Yakima: Central Regional Office, 15 W Yakima Ave., Suite 200, 98902-3452, Sundance Room 309.

Spokane: Eastern Regional Office, 4601 N Monroe St., 99205-1295, Room 1-SW-11.

The proposed rule amendments are online (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/permits/permit_fees/index.html).

Ecology is accepting public comments on the proposal until Oct. 1 in the following ways:

Ecology expects to adopt this change no earlier than Oct. 30, 2013.

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Media Contact: Sandy Howard, 360-407-6408; 360-791-3177 (mobile); sandy.howard@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

Water Quality Program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/wqhome.html)

Chapter 173-224 WAC - Wastewater Discharge Permit Fees rule making (www.ecy.wa.gov/laws-rules/wac173224/1302.html)

Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)