Appendix C - Additional Resources

SEPA Website

Additional information about SEPA is available on Ecology's SEPA website.  This information includes:

  • SEPA Overview

  • SEPA Register (see below)

  • Guidance

    • for Agencies and Applicants (including a guide for completing the SEPA environmental checklist)

    • for Reviewers and Citizens

  • Upcoming SEPA Workshops & Training offered by Ecology

  • SEPA forms in a variety of formats

  • Links to Laws and Rules related to SEPA

  • SEPA contact list for state agencies, counties, larger cities, and air authorities

SEPA Register

One important source of information for both agencies and the public is the SEPA Register. The SEPA Register contains a summary of each of the environmental documents sent to the Department of Ecology. Since all agencies within the state are required to send environmental documents to Ecology, the SEPA Register provides a single point for identifying proposals currently under review anywhere in the state. Someone interested in reviewing and possibly commenting on a particular proposal can call the lead agency and request a copy of the specific document.

The SEPA Rules require state and local agencies to send the following environmental documents to the Department of Ecology (WAC 197-11-508):

  • DNSs issued with a comment period (under WAC 197-11-340(2));

  • Notices of application when the optional DNS process is being used, and the subsequent DNS when issued (under WAC 197-11-355);

  • DS/scoping notices (under WAC 197-11-408);  Draft EISs (under WAC 197-11-455);

  • Final EISs (under WAC 197-11-460);  Supplemental EISs (under WAC 197-11-620);

  • Addenda for a draft EIS, or an addenda to a final EIS if prior to an agency decision on the proposal (under WAC 197-11-625);

  • Adoption notices (under WAC 197-11-630); and

  • Notices of action (under RCW 43.21C.080).

Although not required by the SEPA Rules, agencies are also encouraged to send DNSs with no comment period and other addenda for listing on the SEPA Register. Any federal documents issued under the National Environmental Policy (NEPA) that are sent to Ecology are also listed on the SEPA Register.

For more information on the SEPA Register.

Governor's Office for Regulatory Innovation & Assistance

The Office of Regulatory Innovation & Assistance (ORIA) can:

  • Answer questions about environmental permits and requirements;

  • Help you get started with the permitting process; and

  • Help with special projects.

ORIA also provides assistance for complex development projects that will require local, state, and federal permits.  A regional assistance lead  will help you through the process and make sure you get the permits you need.  Contact a Regional Assistance Lead directly or contact ORIA at (800-917-0043 or help@oria.wa.gov).

More information about ORIA is available at http://www.oria.wa.gov.

Department of Commerce

The Local Government Division of the Department of Commerce (Commerce) provides information and assistance on the Growth Management Act (GMA) and the Local Project Review Act. They have a number of documents available to assist counties and cities in complying with the GMA. These documents can be found on Commerce's web page: http://www.commerce.wa.gov (go to Services & Assistance).

Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR’s) SEPA Center helps DNR decision makers comply with SEPA and conduct impact analysis that provides a record of likely negative environmental impacts. DNR makes decisions on projects or other actions on DNR-managed state lands and for activities regulated by DNR on other lands, such as forest practices and mining reclamation.

More Information visit DNR SEPA Center.

 

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