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Final Cost Benefit Analysis and Least Burdensome Alternative Analysis

Publication number Date Published
15-10-047November 2015
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Author(s) Kraley, Shon, Ph.D
Description The Administrative Procedure Act (APA, chapter 34.05 RCW) requires that before adopting a significant legislative rule, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) must “Determine that the probable benefits of the rule are greater than its probable costs, taking into account both the qualitative and quantitative benefits and costs and the specific directives of the statute being implemented.” [RCW 34.05.328(1)(c)]

The APA also requires Ecology to “determine, after considering alternative versions of the rule…that the rule being adopted is the least burdensome alternative for those required to comply with it that will achieve the general goals and specific objectives” of the governing and authorizing statutes.

For the newly adopted Wastewater Discharge Permit Fees rule, Chapter 173-224 Washington Administrative Code (WAC), this means Ecology must identify the impacts of the proposed rule on individuals, businesses, the public, and the environment. These impacts may be identified qualitatively and quantitatively. Ecology develops quantitative estimates where it is possible to do so with a reasonable degree of certainty.

This document provides the public with an overview of the methods Ecology used to perform its analysis and the most likely costs and benefits found.
NOTES 2 minor corrections were made in the document on June 21, 2016. On the inside cover page the word "Preliminary" was corrected to "Final" and "this page intentionally left blank" was removed from the same page.
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Keywords rule making, rule notice, rule-making, Rule Implementation Plan, permit fee, stormwater form, wastewater discharge
WEB PAGE Wastewater/Stormwater Discharge Permit Fees

Rule Implementation Plan - Wastewater Discharge Permit Fees: Chapter 173-224 WAC

Rule Adoption Notice: Chapter 173-224 WAC - Wastewater Discharge Permit Fees

Concise Explanatory Statement - Wastewater Discharge Permit Fees, Chapter 173-224 WAC