Department of Ecology News Release - July 10, 2015

Benton County's local air quality rules to be included in state plan

OLYMPIA – Benton County has submitted updates to their clean air rules to be included in the statewide air quality plan.

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on whether to include these locally adopted rules in the statewide plan. All changes must ensure the state continues to meet federal air quality standards.

Benton County Clean Air Agency adopted changes to their general air quality rules in December 2014, and is required to submit their changes to Ecology.

How to comment

Comments are being accepted July 10 through Aug. 14, 2015. Comments can be submitted by email to AQComments@ecy.wa.gov or mail to Laurie Hulse-Moyer, Washington Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504.

The public may request a hearing by contacting Laurie Hulse-Moyer at laurie.hulse-moyer@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-6830. Requests for a hearing must be received no later than 5 p.m. on July 30, 2015.

If a hearing request is received by the deadline, it will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2015, at Benton Clean Air Agency, 526 South Clodfelter Road, Kennewick, Wash. If a hearing request is not received, Ecology will announce a cancellation of the August 11 hearing on its public involvement calendar.

About Washington’s air quality plan

The federal Clean Air Act requires Washington to develop and maintain a state air quality plan called State Implementation Plan (SIP). A SIP is a complex collection of documents and rules that have been adopted by local clean air agencies and Ecology. Washington‘s SIP shows how the state implements, maintains and enforces federal air quality standards throughout the state. The primary purpose of a SIP is to protect human health.

Contact:

Camille St. Onge, camille.st.onge@ecy.wa.gov, communications manager, 360-584-6501, @ecologyWA