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Chapter 173-331 WAC
Vehicle Battery Recycling


Please note: revisions to the Vehicle Battery Recycling rule are temporarily on hold. Subscribers to the ListServ (see the panel to the right) will be notified when rulemaking commences again. Thank you for your patience.

The Vehicle Battery Recycling rule affects persons who sell batteries, purchase new vehicle batteries, return/recycle used vehicle batteries, and accept used vehicle batteries for reprocessing (smelters and other agents). This rulemaking primarily affects persons who collect used vehicle batteries apart from retail sale; the law requires those collectors to be authorized by Ecology. Business Licensing Services at the Department of Revenue provides that service. Changes the agency is considering include, but are not limited to:

  • Clarifying rule language to make it easier to comply and implement.
  • Taking advantage of web technology that was not available when we adopted the rule in 1991 by replacing the $15.00 licensing program implemented by Business Licensing Services at the Department of Revenue, with a free on-line electronic registration program managed by Ecology.
  • Eliminating the requirement for Ecology to maintain a list of persons who will accept broken or leaking vehicle batteries, and replacing it with guidance posted on the agency web site.
  • Eliminating the language in the rule that requires Ecology to review applications before licenses are issued by the Department of Revenue.
  • Replacing inadequate methodology for economic analysis required to be performed by Ecology in the event of a market failure, with a commitment to work with industry representatives to evaluate costs and alternatives.
  • Revising reporting requirements as appropriate after evaluating value and redundancy with other laws and rules.
  • Other corrections and clarifications as needed, including the elimination of out-of-date address and phone information.

Date (date subject to change) Activity
December 2, 2015 File rule making (file CR-101 form).
December 2, 2015 to February 2016 Developing the rule proposal package for this rule making.
We are here
January 26, 2016 to February 9, 2016
Informal draft available for review. Comments due by February 9, 2016.
October 2017 Temporarily on hold
To Be Determined Proposed rule (CR-102 form) filed.
Proposed rule text and supporting documents available.
To Be Determined Hold public hearing(s):
Time - To be Announced
Place - To be Announced
Address - To be Announced
To Be Determined End public comment period.
To Be Determined Review public comments and prepare adoption packet.
To Be Determined Adopt rule (file the CR-103 form).
To Be Determined Rule effective (usually 31 days after filing).



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