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Chapter 332-41 WAC Sepa policies and procedures

Last Update: 12/21/92


These rules are promulgated under RCW 43.21C.120 (the State Environmental Policy Act) and chapter 197-11 WAC (SEPA rules).

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-010, filed 9/5/84. Formerly WAC 332-40-010.]


Adoption by reference.
The department of natural resources adopts the following sections or subsections of chapter 197-11 WAC by reference.


197-11-040 Definitions.
197-11-050 Lead agency.
197-11-055 Timing of the SEPA process.
197-11-060 Content of environmental review.
197-11-070 Limitations on actions during SEPA process.
197-11-080 Incomplete or unavailable information.
197-11-090 Supporting documents.
197-11-100 Information required of applicants.
197-11-300 Purpose of this part.
197-11-305 Categorical exemptions.
197-11-315 Environmental checklist.
197-11-330 Threshold determination process.
197-11-335 Additional information.
197-11-340 Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).
197-11-350 Mitigated DNS.
197-11-360 Determination of significance (DS)/initiation of scoping.
197-11-390 Effect of threshold determination.
197-11-400 Purpose of EIS.
197-11-402 General requirements.
197-11-405 EIS types.
197-11-406 EIS timing.
197-11-408 Scoping.
197-11-410 Expanded scoping. (Optional)
197-11-425 Style and size.
197-11-430 Format.
197-11-435 Cover letter or memo.
197-11-440 EIS contents.
197-11-442 Contents of EIS on nonproject proposals.
197-11-443 EIS contents when prior nonproject EIS.
197-11-444 Elements of the environment.
197-11-448 Relationship of EIS to other considerations.
197-11-450 Cost-benefit analysis.
197-11-455 Issuance of DEIS.
197-11-460 Issuance of FEIS.
197-11-500 Purpose of this part.
197-11-502 Inviting comment.
197-11-535 Public hearings and meetings.
197-11-545 Effect of no comment.
197-11-550 Specificity of comments.
197-11-560 FEIS response to comments.
197-11-570 Consulted agency costs to assist lead agency.
197-11-600 When to use existing environmental documents.
197-11-610 Use of NEPA documents.
197-11-620 Supplemental environmental impact statement?Procedures.
197-11-625 Addenda?Procedures.
197-11-630 Adoption?Procedures.
197-11-635 Incorporation by reference?Procedures.
197-11-640 Combining documents.
197-11-650 Purpose of this part.
197-11-655 Implementation.
197-11-660 Substantive authority and mitigation.
197-11-680 Appeals.
197-11-700 Definitions.
197-11-702 Act.
197-11-704 Action.
197-11-706 Addendum.
197-11-708 Adoption.
197-11-710 Affected tribe.
197-11-712 Affecting.
197-11-714 Agency.
197-11-716 Applicant.
197-11-718 Built environment.
197-11-720 Categorical exemption.
197-11-722 Consolidated appeal.
197-11-724 Consulted agency.
197-11-726 Cost-benefit analysis.
197-11-728 County/city.
197-11-730 Decision maker.
197-11-734 Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).
197-11-736 Determination of significance (DS).
197-11-738 EIS.
197-11-740 Environment.
197-11-742 Environmental checklist.
197-11-744 Environmental document.
197-11-746 Environmental review.
197-11-748 Environmentally sensitive area.
197-11-750 Expanded scoping.
197-11-752 Impacts.
197-11-754 Incorporation by reference.
197-11-756 Lands covered by water.
197-11-758 Lead agency.
197-11-760 License.
197-11-762 Local agency.
197-11-764 Major action.
197-11-766 Mitigated DNS.
197-11-768 Mitigation.
197-11-770 Natural environment.
197-11-772 NEPA.
197-11-774 Nonproject.
197-11-776 Phased review.
197-11-778 Preparation.
197-11-780 Private project.
197-11-782 Probable.
197-11-784 Proposal.
197-11-786 Reasonable alternative.
197-11-788 Responsible official.
197-11-790 SEPA.
197-11-792 Scope.
197-11-793 Scoping.
197-11-794 Significant.
197-11-796 State agency.
197-11-797 Threshold determination.
197-11-799 Underlying governmental action.
197-11-800 Categorical exemptions.
197-11-810 Exemptions and nonexemptions applicable to specific state agencies.
197-11-830 Department of natural resources.
197-11-880 Emergencies.
197-11-890 Petitioning DOE to change exemptions.
197-11-900 Purpose of this part.
197-11-912 Procedures on consulted agencies.
197-11-914 SEPA fees and costs.
197-11-916 Application to ongoing actions.
197-11-920 Agencies with environmental expertise.
197-11-922 Lead agency rules.
197-11-924 Determining the lead agency.
197-11-926 Lead agency for governmental proposals.
197-11-928 Lead agency for public and private proposals.
197-11-930 Lead agency for private projects with one agency with jurisdiction.
197-11-932 Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from more than one agency, when one of the agencies is a county/city.
197-11-934 Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from a local agency, not a county/city, and one or more state agencies.
197-11-936 Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from more than one state agency.
197-11-938 Lead agencies for specific proposals.
197-11-940 Transfer of lead agency status to a state agency.
197-11-942 Agreements on lead agency status.
197-11-944 Agreements on division of lead agency duties.
197-11-946 DOE resolution of lead agency disputes.
197-11-948 Assumption of lead agency status.
197-11-960 Environmental checklist.
197-11-965 Adoption notice.
197-11-970 Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).
197-11-980 Determination of significance and scoping notice (DS).
197-11-985 Notice of assumption of lead agency status.
197-11-990 Notice of action.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-020, filed 9/5/84.]


This chapter implements the statewide rules in chapter 197-11 WAC as they apply to the department of natural resources.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-030, filed 9/5/84. Formerly WAC 332-40-020.]


Additional definitions.
In addition to the definitions contained in WAC 197-11-700 through 197-11-799, the following terms shall have the listed meanings:

(1) Assistant area manager means a principal assistant to an area manager with responsibility for either area governmental or proprietary programs.

(2) Area manager means the person responsible for the administration of a geographic field unit, as designated by the organization plan of the department.

(3) Commissioner means the commissioner of public lands who is the administrator of the department of natural resources as established by chapter 43.30 RCW.

(4) Department means the Washington state department of natural resources.

(5) Division means any one of the eleven principal units of the department's headquarters staff administering a program.

(6) Division manager means the person with overall responsibility for the functioning of one of the eleven divisions.

(7) Environmental coordinator means the person who coordinates SEPA compliance procedures for the department.

(8) Public lands mean state forest lands as described in chapter 76.12 RCW, and lands belonging to or held in trust by the state of Washington as described in RCW 79.01.004.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-040, filed 9/5/84. Formerly WAC 332-40-040.]


Timing of the SEPA process.
(1) Distribution to planning commissions and advisory bodies. Environmental documents required to be submitted to the department of ecology under provisions of WAC 332-41-508 will also be submitted to affected planning commissions and similar advisory bodies within the respective time frames as established by these rules and chapter 197-11 WAC.

(2) Timing of review of proposals. Environmental reviews will be made upon receipt of a completed permit application and environmental checklist.

(3) Additional timing considerations.

(a) Department staff receiving a completed permit application and environmental checklist should determine whether DNR or another agency is SEPA lead agency (see WAC 197-11-050 and 197-11-922 through 197-11-940) within five working days. If DNR is not the lead agency, the staff person shall notify the environmental coordinator, who will send the completed environmental checklist, and a copy of the permit application, to the lead agency, and an explanation of the determination to the identified lead agency.

(b) Department staff receiving a permit application will determine whether the proposal is an "action" and, if so, whether it is "categorically exempt" from SEPA. If the proposal is an action and is not exempt, the staff person will ask the applicant to complete an environmental checklist. A checklist is not needed if the department and applicant agree an EIS is required, SEPA compliance has been completed, SEPA compliance has been initiated by another agency, or a checklist is included with the application.

(c) If the department's action is a decision on a permit that requires detailed project plans and specifications, the department shall provide, upon request by the applicant, preliminary environmental review prior to submittal of detailed plans and specifications. This preliminary review will be advisory only and not binding on the department. Final review and determination will be made only upon receipt of detailed project plans and specifications if these are essential to a meaningful environmental analysis.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-055, filed 9/5/84. Formerly WAC 332-40-055.]


Threshold determination required.
(1) A threshold determination is required for any proposal which meets the definition of action and is not categorically exempt.

(2) The responsible official of the department shall make the threshold determination, which shall be made as close as possible to the time an agency has developed or is presented with a proposal (WAC 197-11-784).

(3) In most cases, the time to complete a threshold determination should not exceed fifteen days, except for Class IV - special forest practices, in which case the threshold determination will be made within ten days. Complex proposals, those where additional information is needed, and/or those accompanied by an inaccurate checklist may require additional time. Upon request by an applicant, the responsible official shall select a date for making the threshold determination and notify the applicant of such date in writing.

(4) All threshold determinations shall be documented in:

(a) A determination of nonsignificance (DNS) (WAC 197-11-340); or

(b) A determination of significance (DS) (WAC 197-11-360).

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-310, filed 9/5/84. Formerly chapter 332-40 WAC.]


Mitigated DNS.
(1) An applicant may ask the department whether issuance of a DS is likely for a proposal. This request for early notice must:

(a) Be written;

(b) Follow submission of a permit application and environmental checklist for a nonexempt proposal for which the department is lead agency; and

(c) Precede the department's actual threshold determination for the proposal.

(2) The responsible official or designee shall respond to the request within ten working days of receipt of the letter; the response shall:

(a) Be written;

(b) State whether the department is considering issuance of a DS;

(c) Indicate the general or specific area(s) of concern that led the department to consider a DS; and

(d) State that the applicant may change or clarify the proposal to mitigate the impacts indicated in the letter, revising the environmental checklist as necessary to reflect the changes or clarifications.

(3) The department shall not continue with the threshold determination until receiving a written response from the applicant changing or clarifying the proposal or asking that the threshold determination be based on the original proposal.

(4) If the applicant submits a changed or clarified proposal, along with a revised environmental checklist, the department will make its threshold determination based on the changed or clarified proposal.

(a) If the department's response to the request for early notice indicated specific mitigation measures that would remove all probable significant adverse environmental impacts, and the applicant changes or clarifies the proposal to include all of those specific mitigation measures, the department shall issue a determination of nonsignificance and circulate the DNS for comments as in WAC 197-11-350(2).

(b) If the department indicated general or specific areas of concern, but did not indicate specific mitigation measures that would allow it to issue a DNS, the department shall determine if the changed or clarified proposal may have a probable significant environmental impact, issuing a DNS or DS as appropriate.

(5) The department may specify mitigation measures that would allow it to issue a DNS without a request for early notice from an applicant. If it does so, and the applicant changes or clarifies the proposal to include those measures, the department shall issue a DNS and circulate it for review under WAC 197-11-350(2).

(6) When an applicant changes or clarifies the proposal, the clarifications or changes may be included in written attachments to the documents already submitted. If the environmental checklist and supporting documents would be difficult to read and/or understand because of the need to read them in conjunction with the attachment(s), the department may require the applicant to submit a new checklist.

(7) The department may change or clarify features of its own proposals before making the threshold determination.

(8) The department's written response under subsection (2) of this section shall not be construed as a determination of significance. In addition, preliminary discussion of clarification of or changes to a proposal, as opposed to a written request for early notice, shall not bind the department to consider the clarification or changes in its threshold determination.

(9) When an applicant submits a changed or clarified proposal pursuant to this section, it shall be considered part of the applicant's application for a permit or other approval for all purposes, including enforcement of the permit or other approval. Unless the department's decision expressly states otherwise, when a mitigated DNS is issued for a proposal, any decision approving the proposal shall be based on the proposal as changed or clarified pursuant to this section.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-350, filed 9/5/84. Formerly chapter 332-40 WAC.]


EIS preparation.
For draft and final EISs and SEISs:

(1) Preparation of the EIS is the responsibility of the department, by or under the direction of its responsible official, as specified by the department's procedures. No matter who participates in the preparation of the EIS, it is the EIS of the department. The responsible official, prior to distributing an EIS, shall be satisfied that it complies with these rules and chapter 197-11 WAC.

(2) The department may have an EIS prepared by department staff, an applicant or its agent, or by an outside consultant retained by either an applicant or the department. The department shall assure that the EIS is prepared in a professional manner and with appropriate interdisciplinary methodology. The responsible official shall direct the areas of research and examination to be undertaken as a result of the scoping process, as well as the organization of the resulting document.

(3) If a person other than the department is preparing the EIS, the department shall:

(a) Coordinate any scoping procedures so that the individual preparing the EIS receives all substantive information submitted by any agency and the public that is needed by the person;

(b) Assist in obtaining any information on file with another agency that is needed by the person preparing the EIS;

(c) Allow any party preparing an EIS access to all public records of the department that relate to the subject of the EIS, under chapter 42.17 RCW (public disclosure and public records law).

(4) Normally, the department will prepare EISs for its own proposals.

(5) For applicant proposals, the department normally will require the applicant to prepare or help prepare the EIS at the applicant's expense, under provisions of these rules and chapter 197-11 WAC.

(6) The department may require an applicant to provide information that the department does not possess, including specific investigations. The applicant is not required to supply information that is not required under these rules.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-420, filed 9/5/84. Formerly WAC 332-40-420.]


Availability and costs of environmental documents.
(1) SEPA documents required by these rules shall be retained by the department at the SEPA public information center, and made available in accordance with chapter 42.17 RCW.

(2) The department shall make copies of environmental documents available in accordance with chapter 42.17 RCW, charging only those costs allowed plus mailing costs. Allowable costs for environmental documents may be indicated in the documents and made payable to the department. However, no charge shall be levied for circulation of documents to other agencies as required by these rules. If requested, the department will normally waive the charge for an environmental document provided to a public interest organization.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-504, filed 9/5/84. Formerly chapter 332-40 WAC.]


Notice of environmental documents.
(1) The department shall submit environmental documents required to be sent to the department of ecology for weekly publication in the SEPA register under these rules, specifically:

(a) DNSs under WAC 197-11-340(2);

(b) DSs (scoping notices) under WAC 197-11-408;

(c) EISs under WAC 197-11-455, 197-11-460, 197-11-620, and 197-11-630; and

(d) Notices of action under RCW 43.21C.080 and 43.21C.087.

(2) The department shall submit the environmental documents listed in subsection (1) of this section promptly and in accordance with procedures established by the department of ecology.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-508, filed 9/5/84. Formerly chapter 332-40 WAC.]


Public notice requirements.
(1) The department shall give public notice when issuing a DNS under WAC 197-11-340(2), a mitigated DNS under WAC 332-41-350, a scoping notice under WAC 332-41-360, or a draft EIS under WAC 197-11-455.

(2) Whenever possible, the department shall integrate the public notice required under this section (WAC 197-11-340, 197-11-360, 197-11-455, 197-11-502, and 197-11-535) with existing notice procedures for the department's permit or approval required for the proposal.

(3) The department shall use one or more of the following reasonable methods of public notice, taking into consideration the geographic area affected by the proposal, the size and complexity of the proposal, the public notice requirements for the permit or approval required from the department, public interest expressed in the proposal, and whether the proposal is a project or regulation:

(a) Notifying persons or groups who have expressed interest in the proposal, that type of proposal, or proposals in the geographic area in which the proposal will be implemented if approved;

(b) Publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the area in which the proposal will be implemented; and/or

(c) Posting the property.

(4) The department may require an applicant to perform the public notice requirement at his or her expense.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-510, filed 9/5/84. Formerly chapter 332-40 WAC.]


Policies and procedures for conditioning or denying permits or other approvals.
(1) Policies - specific. The department adopts the following SEPA policies:

(a) Geothermal resources. The department recognizes the need to protect the public from geothermal drilling effects such as the contamination of the ground water, the surface water, the possibility of a blowout, fire hazards, drilling fluids, and surface disturbance. The department may, when necessary, condition the following actions to mitigate specific adverse environmental impacts:

(i) Location of the well;

(ii) Casing program;

(iii) Makeup of drilling fluids.

(b) Surface mining. To provide that the usefulness, productivity, and scenic values of all lands and waters involved in surface mining within the state will receive the greatest practical degree of protection and restoration, the following aspects of surface mining may be conditioned:

(i) Proposed practices to protect adjacent surface resources;

(ii) Specifications for surface gradient restoration to a surface suitable for the proposed subsequent use of the land after reclamation is completed, and proposed method of accomplishment;

(iii) Matter and type of revegetation or other surface treatment of disturbed areas;

(iv) Method of prevention or elimination of conditions that will create a public nuisance, endanger public safety, damage property, or be hazardous to vegetative, animal, fish, or human life in or adjacent to the area;

(v) Method of control of contaminants and disposal of surface mining refuse;

(vi) Method of diverting surface waters around the disturbed areas;

(vii) Method of restoration of stream channels and stream banks to a condition minimizing erosion and siltation and other pollution.

(c) Upland right of way grants. Recognizing that construction and/or reconstruction under upland right of way grants can create adverse impacts to the elements of the environment, it is the policy of the department to condition grants where necessary:

(i) To protect all surface resources including but not limited to soil and water, through authorized right of way operations on public lands, and to cause rehabilitation or reestablishment on a continuing basis the vegetative cover, soil stability and water condition appropriate to intended subsequent use of the area;

(ii) To meet air quality standards; and

(iii) To protect recreational and special use areas under lease by requiring mitigating action.

(d) Marine lands. In managing state-owned aquatic lands, the department shall consider the natural values of state-owned aquatic land such as wildlife habitat, natural area preserves, representative ecosystems, or spawning area prior to issuing any initial lease or authorizing any change in use. The department may withhold from leasing lands which it finds to have significant natural values or may provide within any lease for the protection of such values.

(e) Public lands leases and contracts. Under authority granted by chapters 76.12, 79.01, 79.08, 79.12, 79.14, and 79.28 RCW, the department has authority to set terms and conditions in granting a lease or contract as long as such terms and conditions are not inconsistent with state law. For public lands, the department may condition or withhold a lease or contract where significant adverse environmental impacts associated with a lease proposal or contract proposal will occur.

(f) Timber sales. Department policies for the sale of timber from public lands are found in the Forest Resource Plan, adopted July 1992.

(g) Forest practices. A Class IV-Special forest practice approval will be conditioned when necessary to mitigate specific adverse impacts which are identified in the environmental documents prepared under SEPA. An application for a Class IV-Special forest practice will be denied when the proposal would result in significant adverse impacts identified in a final or supplemental environmental impact statement prepared under SEPA, and reasonable mitigation measures are insufficient to mitigate the identified impacts and denial is consistent with chapters 43.21C and 76.09 RCW and chapter 197-11 WAC.

(h) Fire control.

(i) Burning permits. The department may condition or deny the issuance of a burning permit for the protection of life, property, or air quality standards.

(ii) Dumping permits. The department may condition or deny the issuance of a dumping permit for the protection of forest lands from fire.

(2) Policies - general. The policies set out in subsection (1) of this section do not anticipate all situations which may result in placing conditions on a permit or denial of a proposal, following environmental review. The department therefore adopts the policies set forth in the State Environmental Policy Act, RCW 43.21C.020, as further basis for conditioning or denying a public or private proposal under SEPA. Those policies are to:

(a) Fulfill the responsibilities of each generation as trustee of the environment for succeeding generations;

(b) Assure for all people of Washington safe, healthful, productive, and esthetically and culturally pleasing surroundings;

(c) Attain the widest range of beneficial uses of the environment without degradation, risk to health or safety, or other undesirable and unintended consequences;

(d) Preserve important historic, cultural, and natural aspects of our national heritage;

(e) Maintain, wherever possible, an environment which supports diversity and variety of individual choice;

(f) Achieve a balance between population and resource use which will permit high standards of living and a wide sharing of life's amenities; and

(g) Enhance the quality of renewable resources and approach the maximum attainable recycling of depletable resources.

(3) Decisions to condition or deny.

(a) When the environmental document for a proposal shows it will cause adverse impacts that the proponent does not plan to mitigate the decision maker shall consider whether:

(i) The environmental document identifies mitigation measures that are reasonable and capable of being accomplished;

(ii) Other local, state, or federal requirements and enforcement would mitigate the significant adverse environmental impacts; and

(iii) Reasonable mitigation measures are sufficient to mitigate the adverse impacts.

(b) The decision maker may:

(i) Condition the approval for a proposal if mitigation measures are reasonable and capable of being accomplished and the proposal, without such mitigation measures, is inconsistent with the policies in subsections (1) and (2) of this section;

(ii) Deny the permit or approval for a proposal if reasonable mitigation measures are insufficient to mitigate significant adverse environmental impacts and the proposal is inconsistent with the policies in subsections (1) and (2) of this section.

(iii) The procedures in WAC 197-11-660 must be followed when conditioning or denying permits or other approvals.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21C.120 and chapter 34.05 RCW. 93-01-126 (Order 607), 332-41-665, filed 12/21/92, effective 1/21/93. Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-665, filed 9/5/84. Formerly chapter 332-40 WAC.]


Timber sales categories.
(1) Under the provisions of WAC 197-11-830(7) the department may determine which decisions to sell timber from public lands do not have potential for significant impact on the environment. Such decisions are categorically exempt from the threshold determination and EIS requirements of SEPA under WAC 197-11-830(7). This determination applies only to public lands.

(2) The department determines that such decisions to sell timber from public lands do not have potential for a significant impact on the environment if they are sales appraised by the department at an amount not exceeding the amount specified in RCW 79.01.200 as the upper limit for sale under terms and conditions prescribed by the department, and if such sales, other than thinning or salvage sales, do not involve harvest units larger than twenty acres. These sales are small sales not requiring approval by the board of natural resources and have low volume and low acreage. The department has not extended this determination to sales requiring approval by the board because of the public values associated with public lands. However, this determination is not intended to alter the department's SEPA compliance responsibility for regulatory decisions concerning forest practice applications for state and private lands under RCW 76.09.050 and WAC 222-16-050.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-833, filed 9/5/84. Formerly chapter 332-40 WAC.]


Designation of responsible official.
The responsible official for a specific proposal shall be a division manager or designated area manager or assistant area manager. The responsible official for the harbor line commission shall be the manager of the marine land management division.

(1) Each division manager or designee shall review the environmental checklists under the division's authority and determine if the department is the lead agency. When the department is not the lead agency, the environmental checklists shall be forwarded to the environmental coordinator for processing under procedures set forth in WAC 197-11-924.

(2) When the department is the lead agency, the responsible division manager or designee will review the environmental checklists and make the threshold determinations under the provisions of WAC 197-11-330.

(3) The division manager or designee shall carry out further SEPA compliance under WAC 197-11-340, 197-11-350, or 197-11-360, as appropriate.

(4) When an environmental impact statement is required based on the threshold determination, scoping and EIS preparation under chapter 197-11 WAC shall begin under direction of the responsible official.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-910, filed 9/5/84. Formerly chapter 332-40 WAC.]


Agencies with environmental expertise.
In addition to those agencies listed under WAC 197-11-920(7), the oil and gas conservation committee shall be regarded as possessing special expertise relating to oil and gas.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-920, filed 9/5/84. Formerly chapter 332-40 WAC.]


If any provision of this chapter or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of this chapter, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW and RCW 43.30.150. 84-18-052 (Order 432), 332-41-950, filed 9/5/84. Formerly chapter 332-40 WAC.]