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Economic Impact Analysis: Draft Boatyard General Permit

Publication number Date Published
15-10-041December 2015
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Author(s) Shon Kraley, Ph.D.
Description The Department of Ecology (Ecology) proposes to issue a draft Boatyard general permit so dischargers operating under coverage of the final general permit will comply with the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and with the Washington Water Pollution Act (Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 90.48.080). Ecology's Waste Discharge General Permit Program rule (Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-226-120) requires an economic analysis of any draft wastewater general permit intended to directly cover small businesses. This analysis is required to include:
• A brief description of the compliance requirements of the draft general permit.
• The estimated costs for complying with the draft general permit, based on existing data for facilities to be covered under the draft general permit.
• A comparison, to the greatest extent possible, of the cost of compliance for small businesses, with the cost of compliance for the largest ten percent of businesses to be covered under the draft general permit.
• Discuss what mitigation the draft general permit provides to reduce the effect on small businesses (if a disproportionate impact is expected), without compromising the mandated intent of the draft general permit.

The costs for boatyards to comply with the draft boatyard general permit depend on the size of the boatyard. While it seems appropriate to assume that boatyards that are smaller in geographic size will be those with fewer employees, from comments received on previous versions of the permit, this is not always the case. In this chapter, Ecology estimated ranges of costs for most requirements - a low cost and a high cost.
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Keywords water quality sampling, permits, groundwater quality, discharges, industrial stormwater general permit, economic analysis, POTWs, data report, vessel, BMPs, Industrial Wastewater to Groundwater, fee, sampling, DMR, Discharge Monitoring Report, national pollutant discharge elimination system, NPDES permit, treatment, General Permit, monitoring, wastewater discharge, wetland, wetlands, zinc, shipyard, stormwater, stormwater management, stormwater runoff, outfall, point source, pollution control, NPDES, lead, heavy metals, industrial facilities, industrial stormwater, budget, copper, boatyard, clean water act
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