Ecology News: The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-219 WAC, Reclaimed Water

The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: This proposal is out for public comment until October 13, 2017 and may be of some interest to SRRTTF members.

August 23, 2017

Chapter 173-219 WAC, Reclaimed Water

For more information:

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/ruledev/wac173219/0612/0612timedocs.html

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Ecology News: The following rulemaking adoption was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-98 WAC Uses and Limitations of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund and Chapter 173-95A WAC Uses and Limitations of the Centennial Clean Water Program

The following rulemaking adoption was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser:

August 8, 2017
Chapter 173-98 WAC – Uses and Limitations of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund
Chapter 173-95A WAC – Uses and Limitations of the Centennial Clean Water Program
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Ecology News: Update on Solid Waste Handling Standards Rule Revision

The purpose of this message is to update you on progress regarding revisions to the Solid Waste Handling Standards in Chapter 173-350 WAC.  You can find more information on our web pages beginning at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/rules/wac173350/1308ov.html .
Ecology has worked with stakeholders since early 2014 to develop better and clearer rules.  Following release of the second public draft of the rule late in 2016, we received comments from about thirty stakeholders (both individuals and represented groups).  We received some input on almost every section of the draft rule.  Draft new section 995 for Soil and Sediment Use Criteria, and new section 021 Determination of Solid Waste and Recycling received the most comments.
After considering feedback on the second draft of the rule, Ecology concluded that more work was needed before we could make a formal rule proposal.  Staff have been reviewing comments and revising rule language since the public comment period for the second draft closed in February 2017.  We have continued to consult with stakeholders.  The Legislature included a proviso in Ecology’s operating budget for the 2017 – 2019 biennium, requiring a report on this rulemaking.  We expect that report to be available to the Legislature in September 2017, and we will post it to our website at that time.
Our present work plan calls for Ecology to issue a formal rule proposal in November 2017, followed by formal hearings in early 2018.  If adopted, Ecology will file the revised rule with the Office of the Code Reviser sometime next spring, and it would be effective 31 days after filing.
Thank you for your interest in this rulemaking.  If you have questions about the rule process, please send them to w2rrulemaking@ecy.wa.gov.   In the meantime, you can manage your subscription to our ListServ at https://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=ECY-SW-HANDLING-STANDARDS   Please let others know that they are welcome to subscribe if you think they may be interested.

 

Thank you.

Ecology News: Public Participation Grants Application Open

The Washington Department of Ecology will begin accepting applications for Public Participation Grants (PPGs) at 8 a.m. July 18, 2017. The PPG program is a competitive grant program. Grants are available to individuals affected by a contaminated site, or to non-profit public service organizations. The purpose of the grants is to facilitate public participation in: 
·       The cleanup of hazardous substance release sites, or
·       The implementation of the state’s solid and hazardous waste priorities.
Applications are available through Ecology’s Administration of Grants and Loans (EAGL) online grant management system.  You will need to set up a Secure Access Washington account before you can access EAGL. You will find more information about SAW and EAGL here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/funding/EAGL.html.
 
The application will be open until 5 p.m. Aug. 11, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Ecology will evaluate and score each eligible application received. Grant funds are available for projects conducted July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.
Visit our web page for more information on PPG and the application process: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/grants/ppg.html

Ecology News: Ecology’s Water Quality Program Financial Assistance – Workshop scheduled for August

The Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program State Fiscal Year 2019 (SFY19) Funding Cycle opens on August 14, 2017 and closes on October 16, 2017.  Ecology has scheduled a training workshop for eastern Washington applicants seeking funding for water quality-related projects on August 16 from 9:00am – 1:00pm.  The workshop will be held at the Spokane Convention Center.  For more details see the attached Workshop Flyer.

Ecology News: Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) – Terry Husseman Account (THA) Grants – closes at 5:00 pm on August 14, 2017.

The Terry Husseman Account (THA) Grant cycle opened on July 14, 2017 and closes at 5:00 pm on August 14, 2017.  The online funding application is open to projects that restore or enhance the natural environment. Typical projects address water quality issues and fish and wildlife habitat protection or enhancement in or adjacent to waters of the state (i.e., streams, lakes, wetlands or the ocean). To be considered, projects must provide primary benefits to public resources (land or water stewardship) and affiliated infrastructure. Grant awards can be up to a maximum of $50,000. The typical grant award ranges from $10,000 to $25,000. Please visit the: Terry Husseman Account (THA) Website for Funding Guidelines, eligibility, and application instructions.

Ecology News: Opportunity to comment on the EPA Performance Partnership Agreement

Ecology has a partnership with EPA that is revisited every two years. This year Ecology has requested $11 million from EPA for numerous environmental efforts. The partnership provides funds that support Ecology’s participation in the Task Force.The comment period for this partnership grant agreement with EPA ends on May 31st. 

Task Force members are encouraged to provide feedback for the drafting of this plan. To provide comment go to http://www.ecy.wa.gov/ppa.html 

 

 

Ecology News: Proposed Amendments to Chapter 173-98 WAC and Chapter 173-95A WAC (Ecology grand and loan process for funding water projects)

Below is a Rule Proposal Notice regarding proposed amendments to Chapter 173-98 WAC (the Clean Water State Revolving Fund rule) and Chapter 173-95A WAC (the Centennial Clean Water Program rule). In addition, a PDF of the Rule Proposal Notice is below.

The Rule Proposal Notice contains information on the rulemaking for the two rules, including how to obtain documents, how to participate in the combined public hearing and webinar, how to submit comments, and how to receive updates.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact:

Daniel Thompson
Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program – Financial Management Section
PO Box 47600
Olympia WA 98504-7600
Phone: 360-407-6510
Email: daniel.thompson@ecy.wa.gov


Rule Proposal Notice

Introduction

The Department of Ecology (Ecology) proposes to adopt amendments to Chapter 173-98 Washington Administrative Code (WAC), Uses and Limitations of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund and Chapter 173-95A WAC, Uses and Limitations of the Centennial Clean Water Program. The rule proposal will be published in the Washington State Register on May 3, 2017.

Chapter 173-98 WAC addresses requirements for Ecology’s administration of Washington State’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Water Pollution Control Revolving Administration Account. CWSRF provides low interest rate loans to public bodies for statewide, high-priority water quality projects.

Chapter 173-95A WAC addresses requirements for Ecology’s administration of the Centennial Clean Water Program (Centennial). Centennial provides grants and low interest rate loans to public bodies for statewide, high-priority water quality projects.

Proposed Amendments

Ecology proposes to amend the rules to:

  • Address “housekeeping” issues.
  • Provide more clarity.
  • Provide more flexibility.
  • Take advantage of new funding opportunities consistent with state and federal updates.

Expected Adoption Date

Ecology expects to adopt the amended rules by August 2, 2017.

Documents for Review and Comment

The following documents are available for review and comment:

  • Proposed rule language.
  • Determination of Nonsignificance.

To obtain these documents visit http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/ruledev/wac17398/1604ov.html or send an email request to daniel.thompson@ecy.wa.gov.

 Public Hearing and Webinar

Ecology will hold a combined public hearing and webinar on May 31, 2017, at 1:00pm. The event will include a short presentation and a question and answer session followed by the formal public hearing.

The public hearing location is:
Department of Ecology
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA 98503

Ecology is also offering the hearing via webinar. Webinars are an online meeting forum that you can attend from any computer using internet access. To join the webinar click on the following link for more information and instructions: https://wadis.webex.com/wadis/j.php?RGID=rcac981bd94bf44f68fee7cca7aacbe1f.

 Submitting Comments

The comment period on the proposed amended rules and the Determination of Nonsignificance ends June 7, 2016. You can comment in the following ways:

  1. Testify or submit written comments at the public hearing or through the webinar.
  2. Submit your comments via e-Comments at http://ws.ecology.commentinput.com/?id=vM3e3.
  3. Mail your comments to:

Daniel Thompson
Department of Ecology
PO Box 47600
Olympia WA 98504-7600

Ecology’s Response to Comments

All of the comments received will become part of the official record. We will publish responses to comments in a document called a Concise Explanatory Statement (CES). The CES is required by the Administrative Procedure Act (RCW 34.05) and is available after the rule is adopted.

Receive Email Updates

To receive updates on the rulemaking process and other significant grants and loans program actions, please sign up for the Ecology’s Water Quality Program’s Grants and Loans ListServ at: http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=ECY-WQ-GRANTS-LOAN.

 

Ecology News: The Spokane Urban Waters Data project has been completed in EIM.

The Spokane Urban Waters Data project has been completed in EIM! Kristin Carmack entered this data and provided a Quality Assurance review of the data in EIM.  Kristin deserves a big kudos for this work!  With over 19,000 records, 77 locations, and multiple source investigations spanning 5 years, this was a HUGE amount of data to enter into EIM.

The data can be found under EIM project ID: SRUW-Spokane.