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Chapter 173-303 WAC
Dangerous Waste Regulations

Public Involvement

During 2017 Ecology developed draft regulations for EPA's Generator Improvement Rule, E-Manifest and Import/Export regulations. These updated draft rules are available for review and informal comment October 19, 2017 through December 19, 2017.

How to submit comments:

  • Online (preferred)
  • Via email:
  • Via postal mail: Department of Ecology, ATTN: HWTR Program Rules Unit, P.O. Box 47600 – Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Ecology is specifically interested in receiving comments on the generator improvement rule, since comments on the 2016 draft rules were received earlier. The 2017 Preliminary Draft Rule Text shows text additions in underline and existing text deletions as strikethrough. The 2017 Draft Amendments Summary gives a description of specific changes and the rule citations for specific rules being amended. We will consider all comments as we develop the proposed rule. Once the informal comment period is over, Ecology intends to informally provide responses to commenters and post on this website.

In 2016, Ecology developed draft rule language and asked for public feedback.

Ecology received comment letters from the following organizations:

An informational webinar was held November 2016 and the webinar recording is available below. Be aware the webinar rulemaking scope and timeline information is not current. Refer to the timeline for an up-to-date schedule.

View recording of the dangerous waste rulemaking informational webinar held November 2, 2016. (WMV)

Opportunities to be involved

Subscribe to the dangerous waste rulemaking listserv to receive the latest updates on rulemaking activity and meetings.

Ecology is holding two public meetings and a webinar to explain the changes and hear from you.

  1. Public meeting
    When: Thursday November 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Where: Ecology's Northwest Regional Office
    3190 160th Ave. SE
    Bellevue, WA 98008
  2. Dangerous waste rulemaking informational webinar
    When: Wednesday November 15, 2017 - 1 p.m.
  3. Public Meeting
    When: Monday December 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Where: Ecology’s Eastern Regional Office
    4601 N. Monroe
    Spokane, WA 99205-1295

Who will be affected by these planned rule changes?

Dangerous waste generators, transporters, and owners and operators of treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facilities will be interested in this rulemaking. Dangerous waste generators most affected by these rule changes include:

  • Healthcare facility operations directly impacted by the pharmaceutical rule.
  • Facilities recycling dangerous wastes may be affected by requirements to document legitimate recycling.
  • Businesses, industrial laundries, and waste haulers may be affected by the solvent-contaminated wipes rule.
  • The generator improvements rule will benefit all generators by making the regulations easier to navigate and comply with, as well as added flexibility in complying with the rules.

How will stakeholders learn about these changes?

Stakeholders and governmental entities, including local, state, and tribal governments, will be notified of rulemaking activity and opportunities to participate. Ecology notifies businesses with active EPA/state identification numbers and dangerous waste listserv subscribers. We also use our Shoptalk newsletter, and these dangerous waste rulemaking web pages to inform the public about this rulemaking.

Be sure to sign up for our email listserv to receive periodic updates and learn how you can be involved.

To learn more about the rulemaking, see:

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