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EIS scoping for WAC 173-201A Rulemaking for Variances on the Spokane River

The Department of Ecology (Ecology) is beginning a rulemaking to consider amending the Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington, Chapter 173-201A Washington Administrative Code (WAC).  Ecology is considering adopting one or more variances to the water quality standards that meet the requirements of WAC 173-201A-420 (Variance section), for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) for the Spokane River, in water resource inventory area (WRIA) 57.  Ecology is taking this rulemaking action in response to receiving completed applications from five National Pollutant Discharge elimination System (NPDES) permitted dischargers to the Spokane River.

As part of the formal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, a 21-day scoping notice is held to announce a draft EIS is being developed and to invite any suggestions on what the scope of the draft EIS should include. We are generally looking for comments about alternatives, mitigation measures, adverse impacts, and any other considerations we should include as we develop the EIS. We do not yet have a draft rule; we will start working on the draft in the coming months and will release it for public comment before it is finalized.

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Comments are due by July 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM (PT)

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Next steps: Ecology will review the scoping comments and develop a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). We will not create a response to comments document for the scoping comments. The draft EIS will be available for public review and comment when we formally propose the rule. We intend to issue the draft rule language in Summer 2019.

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