As used in this chapter:
(1) "Department" means the department of ecology.
(2) "Director" means the director of the department of ecology or such person authorized to act for the director.
(3) "Emergency" means an occurrence warranting public participation which occurs after the deadline for grant applications and before the opening of a new grant application period, such as:
(a) An unforeseen release of a hazardous substance at an existing site or a newly discovered site;
(b) An unanticipated decision by the department concerning remedial action at a site or publication of a remedial investigation, feasibility study or risk assessment; or
(c) Discovery of a technical assistance need which could not have been foreseen before the grant application deadline.
(4) "Emergency grant" means a public participation grant in the hazardous substance release category for an emergency as defined in this section.
(5) "Expendable personal property" means all tangible personal property other than nonexpendable personal property.
(6) "Facility" means:
(a) Any building, structure, installation, equipment, pipe or pipeline (including any pipe into a sewer or publicly owned treatment works), well, pit, waste pile, pond, lagoon, impoundment, ditch, landfill, tank, storage container, motor vehicle, rolling stock, vessel, or aircraft; or
(b) Any site or area where a hazardous substance, other than a consumer product in consumer use, has been deposited, stored, disposed of, or placed, or otherwise come to be located.
(7) "Grant applicant" means any person requesting a public participation grant.
(8) "Hazardous substance" means:
(a) Any dangerous or extremely hazardous waste as defined in RCW 70.105.010
(5) and (6) or any dangerous or extremely hazardous waste designated by rule pursuant to chapter 70.105
(b) Any hazardous substance as defined in RCW 70.105.010
(14) or any hazardous substance as defined by rule pursuant to chapter 70.105
(c) Any substance that, on March 1, 1989, is a hazardous substance under 101 (14) of the Federal Cleanup Law, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 960(14);
(d) Petroleum or petroleum products; and
(e) Any substance or category of substances including solid waste decomposition products, determined by the director by rule to present a threat to human health or the environment if released into the environment. Except that:
The term hazardous substance does not include any of the following when contained in an underground storage tank from which there is not a release: Crude oil or any fraction thereof or petroleum, if the tank is in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.
(9) "Hazardous waste management priorities" as defined in RCW 70.105.150
are the priorities in the management of hazardous waste which should be followed in descending order as applicable:
(a) Waste reduction;
(b) Waste recycling;
(c) Physical, chemical, and biological treatment;
(e) Solidification/stabilization treatment;
(10) "Nonexpendable personal property" means tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of three hundred dollars or more per unit.
(11) "Not-for-profit public interest organization" means any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization which:
(a) Is operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purposes in the public interest;
(b) Is not organized primarily for profit; and
(c) Uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve, and/or expand its operations.
(12) "Owner/operator" means any person defined as an owner or operator under RCW 70.105D.020
(13) "Person" means an individual, firm, corporation, association, partnership, consortium, joint venture, commercial entity, state government agency, unit of local government, federal government agency, or Indian tribe.
(14) "Personal property" means property of any kind except real property. It may be tangible (having physical existence) or intangible (having no physical existence), such as patents, inventions, and copyrights.
(15) "Potentially liable person" means any person whom the department finds, based on credible evidence, to be liable under RCW 70.105D.040
. The department shall give notice to any such person and allow an opportunity for comment before making the finding, unless an emergency requires otherwise.
(16) "Real property" means land, land improvements, structures, and appurtenances thereto, excluding moveable machinery and equipment.
(17) "Release" means any intentional or unintentional entry of any hazardous substance into the environment, including but not limited to the abandonment or disposal of containers of hazardous substances.
(18) "Remedy, remediation, or remedial action" means any action or expenditure consistent with the purposes of this chapter to identify, eliminate, or minimize any threat or potential threat posed by hazardous substances to human health or the environment including any investigative and monitoring activities with respect to any release or threatened release of a hazardous substance and any health assessments or health effects studies conducted in order to determine the risk or potential risk to human health.
(19) "Solid waste management priorities" as defined in chapter 70.95
RCW are the priorities in the management of solid waste which should be followed in order of descending priority as applicable:
(a) Waste reduction;
(b) Recycling with source separation of recyclable materials as the preferred method;
(c) Energy recovery, incineration, or landfill of separated waste;
(d) Energy recovery, incineration, or landfill of mixed waste.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.105D RCW. 01-05-024 (Order 97-09A), § 173-321-020, filed 2/12/01, effective 3/15/01. Statutory Authority: 1989 c 2. 89-21-072 (Order 89-26), § 173-321-020, filed 10/17/89, effective 11/17/89.]