State seeks input on proposed environmental rule change
December 2, 2012
NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 2012
The state Department of Ecology is collecting public input on a proposed rule to give local governments, including Issaquah and King County, more flexibility for small construction projects.
The draft rule change to the State Environmental Policy Act aims to allow local governments more leeway to exempt minor construction projects from review under the law, such as small-scale residential housing developments, as well as certain agricultural, commercial office and school buildings.
The proposal also aims to simplify the checklist required under the law.
Enacted in 1971, SEPA helps agencies identify possible environmental impacts related to government decisions, such as issuing permits for projects, constructing public facilities, or adopting regulations, policies or plans.
Residents can email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, mail comments to Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47703, Olympia, WA 98504-7600. Contact Fran Sant at email@example.com or 360-407-6932 with specific questions about the draft rule change.
The public comment period is open through Dec. 11.