Washington State Department of Ecology - November 19, 2013

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Ecology changes fees for some categories of wastewater permits

OLYMPIA –Washington’s Department of Ecology (Ecology) is changing fees it collects for several categories of wastewater discharge permits, as required by state law. 

The permits are the state’s primary tool to protect clean water.

Permits set limits on how much pollution can be discharged into the environment by businesses, local governments, and other entities.   

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

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

Ecology sought comment from the public and directly affected parties earlier this year.

The following permit categories will be increased by the state’s fiscal growth factor. The increase amounts 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):

The rule amendments are online

The change becomes effective Dec. 2.

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Media Contact:

Sandy Howard, 360-407-6408; 360-791-3177 (cell); sandy.howard@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

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

Rule Adoption Notice (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/permits/permit_fees/RuleAdoptionNotice%20Doc-1310046.pdf)

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