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Chapter 70.146 RCW Water pollution control facilities financing




Chapter 70.146 RCW
Water pollution control facilities financing



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70.146.010
Purpose Legislative intent.
The long-range health and environmental goals for the state of Washington require the protection of the state's surface and underground waters for the health, safety, use, enjoyment, and economic benefit of its people. It is the purpose of this chapter to provide financial assistance to the state and to local governments for the planning, design, acquisition, construction, and improvement of water pollution control facilities and related activities in the achievement of state and federal water pollution control requirements for the protection of the state's waters.

It is the intent of the legislature that distribution of moneys for water pollution control facilities under this chapter be made on an equitable basis taking into consideration legal mandates, local effort, ratepayer impacts, and past distributions of state and federal moneys for water pollution control facilities.

It is the intent of this chapter that the cost of any water pollution control facility attributable to increased or additional capacity that exceeds one hundred ten percent of existing needs at the time of application for assistance under this chapter shall be entirely a local or private responsibility. It is the intent of this chapter that industrial pretreatment be paid by industries and that the water quality account shall not be used for such purposes.


[1986 c 3 1.]

Notes: Effective dates -- 1986 c 3: See note following RCW 82.24.027.






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70.146.020
Definitions.
Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.

(1) "Account" means the water quality account in the state treasury.

(2) "Department" means the department of ecology.

(3) "Eligible cost" means the cost of that portion of a water pollution control facility that can be financed under this chapter excluding any portion of a facility's cost attributable to capacity that is in excess of that reasonably required to address one hundred ten percent of the applicant's needs for water pollution control existing at the time application is submitted for assistance under this chapter.

(4) "Water pollution control facility" or "facilities" means any facilities or systems for the control, collection, storage, treatment, disposal, or recycling of wastewater, including but not limited to sanitary sewage, storm water, residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural wastes, which are causing water quality degradation due to concentrations of conventional, nonconventional, or toxic pollutants. Water pollution control facilities include all equipment, utilities, structures, real property, and interests in and improvements on real property necessary for or incidental to such purpose. Water pollution control facilities also include such facilities, equipment, and collection systems as are necessary to protect federally designated sole source aquifers.

(5) "Water pollution control activities" means actions taken by a public body for the following purposes: (a) To prevent or mitigate pollution of underground water; (b) to control nonpoint sources of water pollution; (c) to restore the water quality of fresh water lakes; and (d) to maintain or improve water quality through the use of water pollution control facilities or other means. During the 1995-1997 fiscal biennium, "water pollution control activities" includes activities by state agencies to protect public drinking water supplies and sources.

(6) "Public body" means the state of Washington or any agency, county, city or town, conservation district, other political subdivision, municipal corporation, quasi-municipal corporation, and those Indian tribes now or hereafter recognized as such by the federal government.

(7) "Water pollution" means such contamination, or other alteration of the physical, chemical, or biological properties of any waters of the state, including change in temperature, taste, color, turbidity, or odor of the waters, or such discharge of any liquid, gaseous, solid, radioactive, or other substance into any waters of the state as will or is likely to create a nuisance or render such waters harmful, detrimental, or injurious to the public health, safety, or welfare, or to domestic, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, or other legitimate beneficial uses, or to livestock, wild animals, birds, fish, or other aquatic life.

(8) "Nonpoint source water pollution" means pollution that enters any waters of the state from any dispersed water-based or land-use activities, including, but not limited to, atmospheric deposition, surface water runoff from agricultural lands, urban areas, and forest lands, subsurface or underground sources, and discharges from boats or other marine vessels.

(9) "Sole source aquifer" means the sole or principal source of public drinking water for an area designated by the administrator of the environmental protection agency pursuant to Public Law 93-523, Sec. 1424(b).


[1995 2nd sp.s. c 18 920; 1993 sp.s. c 24 923; 1987 c 436 5; 1986 c 3 2.]

Notes: Severability -- Effective date -- 1995 2nd sp.s. c 18: See notes following RCW 19.118.110.

Severability -- Effective dates -- 1993 sp.s. c 24: See notes following RCW 28A.310.020.


Effective dates -- 1986 c 3: See note following RCW 82.24.027.







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70.146.030
Water quality account Progress report.
(1) The water quality account is hereby created in the state treasury. Moneys in the account may be used only in a manner consistent with this chapter. Moneys deposited in the account shall be administered by the department of ecology and shall be subject to legislative appropriation. Moneys placed in the account shall include tax receipts as provided in RCW 82.24.027, 82.24.026(2)(d), *82.26.025, and 82.32.390, principal and interest from the repayment of any loans granted pursuant to this chapter, and any other moneys appropriated to the account by the legislature.

(2) The department may use or permit the use of any moneys in the account to make grants or loans to public bodies, including grants to public bodies as cost-sharing moneys in any case where federal, local, or other funds are made available on a cost-sharing basis, for water pollution control facilities and activities, or for purposes of assisting a public body to obtain an ownership interest in water pollution control facilities and/or to defray a part of the payments made by a public body to a service provider under a service agreement entered into pursuant to RCW 70.150.060, within the purposes of this chapter and for related administrative expenses. For the period July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2007, moneys in the account may be used to process applications received by the department that seek to make changes to or transfer existing water rights, for water conveyance projects, and for grants and technical assistance to public bodies for watershed planning under chapter 90.82 RCW. No more than three percent of the moneys deposited in the account may be used by the department to pay for the administration of the grant and loan program authorized by this chapter.

(3) Beginning with the biennium ending June 30, 1997, the department shall present a biennial progress report on the use of moneys from the account to the chairs of the senate committee on ways and means and the house of representatives committee on appropriations. The first report is due June 30, 1996, and the report for each succeeding biennium is due December 31st of the odd-numbered year. The report shall consist of a list of each recipient, project description, and amount of the grant, loan, or both.


[2005 c 518 940; 2005 c 514 1108; 2004 c 277 909; 2003 1st sp.s. c 25 934; 2002 c 371 921; 2001 2nd sp.s. c 7 922; 1996 c 37 2; 1995 2nd sp.s. c 18 921; 1991 sp.s. c 13 61. Prior: 1987 c 505 64; 1987 c 436 6; 1986 c 3 3.]

Notes: Reviser's note: *(1) RCW 82.26.025 was repealed by 2005 c 180 23, effective July 1, 2005.

(2) This section was amended by 2005 c 514 1108 and by 2005 c 518 940, each without reference to the other. Both amendments are incorporated in the publication of this section under RCW 1.12.025(2). For rule of construction, see RCW 1.12.025(1).

Severability -- Effective date--2005 c 518: See notes following RCW 28A.305.210.


Effective date -- 2005 c 514: See note following RCW 83.100.230.


Part headings not law -- Severability--2005 c 514: See notes following RCW 82.12.808.


Severability -- Effective dates -- 2004 c 277: See notes following RCW 89.08.550.


Severability -- Effective date -- 2003 1st sp.s. c 25: See notes following RCW 19.28.351.


Severability -- Effective date -- 2002 c 371: See notes following RCW 9.46.100.


Severability -- Effective date -- 2001 2nd sp.s. c 7: See notes following RCW 43.320.110.


Severability -- Effective date -- 1995 2nd sp.s. c 18: See notes following RCW 19.118.110.


Effective dates -- Severability -- 1991 sp.s. c 13: See notes following RCW 18.08.240.


Effective dates -- 1986 c 3: See note following RCW 82.24.027.







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70.146.040
Level of grant or loan not precedent.
No grant or loan made in this chapter for fiscal year 1987 shall be construed to establish a precedent for levels of grants or loans made from the water quality account thereafter.


[1986 c 3 6.]

Notes: Effective dates -- 1986 c 3: See note following RCW 82.24.027.






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70.146.050
Compliance schedule for secondary treatment.
The department of ecology may provide for a phased in compliance schedule for secondary treatment which addresses local factors that may impede compliance with secondary treatment requirements of the federal clean water act.

In determining the length of time to be granted for compliance, the department shall consider the criteria specified in the federal clean water act.


[1986 c 3 8.]

Notes: Effective dates -- 1986 c 3: See note following RCW 82.24.027.






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70.146.060
Water quality account distributions Limitations.
During the period from July 1, 1987, until June 30, 1995, the following limitations shall apply to the department's total distribution of funds appropriated from the water quality account:

(1) Not more than fifty percent for water pollution control facilities which discharge directly into marine waters;

(2) Not more than twenty percent for water pollution control activities that prevent or mitigate pollution of underground waters and facilities that protect federally designated sole source aquifers with at least two-thirds for the Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer;

(3) Not more than ten percent for water pollution control activities that protect freshwater lakes and rivers including but not limited to Lake Chelan and the Yakima and Columbia rivers;

(4) Not more than ten percent for activities which control nonpoint source water pollution;

(5) Ten percent and such sums as may be remaining from the categories specified in subsections (1) through (4) of this section for water pollution control activities or facilities as determined by the department; and

(6) Two and one-half percent of the total amounts of moneys under subsections (1) through (5) of this section from February 21, 1986, until December 31, 1995, shall be appropriated biennially to the state conservation commission for the purposes of this chapter. Not less than ten percent of the moneys received by the state conservation commission under the provisions of this section shall be expended on research activities.

The distribution under this section shall not be required to be met in any single fiscal year.

Funds provided for facilities and activities under this chapter may be used for payments to a service provider under a service agreement pursuant to RCW 70.150.060. If funds are to be used for such payments, the department may make periodic disbursements to a public body or may make a single lump sum disbursement. Disbursements of funds with respect to a facility owned or operated by a service provider shall be equivalent in value to disbursements that would otherwise be made if that facility were owned or operated by a public body. Payments under this chapter for waste disposal and management facilities made to public bodies entering into service agreements pursuant to RCW 70.150.060 shall not exceed amounts paid to public bodies not entering into service agreements.


[1987 c 527 1; 1987 c 436 7; 1986 c 3 9.]

Notes: Reviser's note: This section was amended by 1987 c 436 7 and by 1987 c 527 1, each without reference to the other. Both amendments are incorporated in the publication of this section pursuant to RCW 1.12.025(2). For rule of construction, see RCW 1.12.025(1).

Effective dates -- 1986 c 3: See note following RCW 82.24.027.







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70.146.070
Grants or loans for water pollution control facilities Considerations.
(1) When making grants or loans for water pollution control facilities, the department shall consider the following:

(a) The protection of water quality and public health;

(b) The cost to residential ratepayers if they had to finance water pollution control facilities without state assistance;

(c) Actions required under federal and state permits and compliance orders;

(d) The level of local fiscal effort by residential ratepayers since 1972 in financing water pollution control facilities;

(e) The extent to which the applicant county or city, or if the applicant is another public body, the extent to which the county or city in which the applicant public body is located, has established programs to mitigate nonpoint pollution of the surface or subterranean water sought to be protected by the water pollution control facility named in the application for state assistance; and

(f) The recommendations of the Puget Sound action team and any other board, council, commission, or group established by the legislature or a state agency to study water pollution control issues in the state.

(2) Except where necessary to address a public health need or substantial environmental degradation, a county, city, or town planning under RCW 36.70A.040 may not receive a grant or loan for water pollution control facilities unless it has adopted a comprehensive plan, including a capital facilities plan element, and development regulations as required by RCW 36.70A.040. This subsection does not require any county, city, or town planning under RCW 36.70A.040 to adopt a comprehensive plan or development regulations before requesting or receiving a grant or loan under this chapter if such request is made before the expiration of the time periods specified in RCW 36.70A.040. A county, city, or town planning under RCW 36.70A.040 which has not adopted a comprehensive plan and development regulations within the time periods specified in RCW 36.70A.040 is not prohibited from receiving a grant or loan under this chapter if the comprehensive plan and development regulations are adopted as required by RCW 36.70A.040 before submitting a request for a grant or loan.

(3) Whenever the department is considering awarding grants or loans for public facilities to special districts requesting funding for a proposed facility located in a county, city, or town planning under RCW 36.70A.040, it shall consider whether the county, city, or town planning under RCW 36.70A.040 in whose planning jurisdiction the proposed facility is located has adopted a comprehensive plan and development regulations as required by RCW 36.70A.040.


[1999 c 164 603; 1997 c 429 30; 1991 sp.s. c 32 24; 1986 c 3 10.]

Notes: Findings -- Intent -- Part headings and subheadings not law -- Effective date -- Severability -- 1999 c 164: See notes following RCW 43.160.010.

Savings -- 1999 c 164 301-303, 305, 306, and 601-603: See note following RCW 82.60.020.


Effective date -- 1997 c 429 29 and 30: See note following RCW 43.155.070.


Severability -- 1997 c 429: See note following RCW 36.70A.3201.


Section headings not law -- 1991 sp.s. c 32: See RCW 36.70A.902.


Effective dates -- 1986 c 3: See note following RCW 82.24.027.







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70.146.075
Extended grant payments.
(1) The department of ecology may enter into contracts with local jurisdictions which provide for extended grant payments under which eligible costs may be paid on an advanced or deferred basis.

(2) Extended grant payments shall be in equal annual payments, the total of which does not exceed, on a net present value basis, fifty percent of the total eligible cost of the project incurred at the time of design and construction. The duration of such extended grant payments shall be for a period not to exceed twenty years. The total of federal and state grant moneys received for the eligible costs of the project shall not exceed fifty percent of the eligible costs.

(3) Any moneys appropriated by the legislature from the water quality account shall be first used by the department of ecology to satisfy the conditions of the extended grant payment contracts.


[1987 c 516 1.]




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70.146.080
Determination of tax receipts in water quality account Transfer of sufficient moneys from general revenues.
Within thirty days after June 30, 1987, and within thirty days after each succeeding fiscal year thereafter, the state treasurer shall determine the tax receipts deposited into the water quality account for the preceding fiscal year. If the tax receipts deposited into the account in each of the fiscal years 1988 and 1989 are less than forty million dollars, the state treasurer shall transfer sufficient moneys from general state revenues into the water quality account to bring the total receipts in each fiscal year up to forty million dollars.

For the biennium ending June 30, 1991, if the tax receipts deposited into the water quality account and the earnings on investment of balances credited to the account are less than ninety million dollars, the treasurer shall transfer sufficient moneys from general state revenues into the water quality account to bring the total revenue up to ninety million dollars. The determination and transfer shall be made by July 31, 1991.

For fiscal year 1992 and for fiscal years 1995 and 1996 and thereafter, if the tax receipts deposited into the water quality account for each fiscal year are less than forty-five million dollars, the treasurer shall transfer sufficient moneys from general state revenues into the water quality account to bring the total revenue up to forty-five million dollars. However, during the 2005-2007 fiscal biennium, the legislature may specify the transfer of a different amount in the operating budget bill. Determinations and transfers shall be made by July 31 for the preceding fiscal year.


[2005 c 518 941; 2003 1st sp.s. c 25 935; 1994 sp.s. c 6 902; 1993 sp.s. c 24 924; 1991 sp.s. c 16 923; 1986 c 3 11.]

Notes: Severability -- Effective date--2005 c 518: See notes following RCW 28A.305.210.

Severability -- Effective date -- 2003 1st sp.s. c 25: See notes following RCW 19.28.351.


Severability -- Effective date -- 1994 sp.s. c 6: See notes following RCW 28A.310.020.


Severability -- Effective dates -- 1993 sp.s. c 24: See notes following RCW 28A.310.020.


Severability -- Effective date -- 1991 sp.s. c 16: See notes following RCW 9.46.100.


Effective dates -- 1986 c 3: See note following RCW 82.24.027.







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70.146.090
Grants and loans to local governments Statement of environmental benefits Development of outcome-focused performance measures.
In providing grants and loans to local governments, the department shall require recipients to incorporate the environmental benefits of the project into their applications, and the department shall utilize the statement of environmental benefits in its grant and loan prioritization and selection process. The department shall also develop appropriate outcome-focused performance measures to be used both for management and performance assessment of the grant and loan program. To the extent possible, the department should coordinate its performance measure system with other natural resource-related agencies as defined in RCW 43.41.270. The department shall consult with affected interest groups in implementing this section.


[2001 c 227 6.]

Notes: Findings -- Intent -- 2001 c 227: See note following RCW 43.41.270.






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70.146.900
Severability 1986 c 3.
If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.


[1986 c 3 16.]