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Chapter 197-11 WAC

Last Update: 4/9/14

SEPA RULES

WAC Sections

PART ONE - PURPOSE/AUTHORITY
Authority.
Purpose.
Policy.
PART TWO - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
Definitions.
Lead agency.
Timing of the SEPA process.
Content of environmental review.
Limitations on actions during SEPA process.
Incomplete or unavailable information.
Supporting documents.
Information required of applicants.
SEPA/GMA project review—Reliance on existing plans, laws, and regulations.
Planned actions—Definition and criteria.
Ordinances or resolutions designating planned actions—Procedures for adoption.
Planned actions—Project review.
SEPA/GMA integration.
SEPA/GMA definitions.
Overall SEPA/GMA integration procedures.
Timing of an integrated GMA/SEPA process.
SEPA/GMA integration procedures for preliminary planning, environmental analysis, and expanded scoping.
SEPA/GMA integration documents.
SEPA/GMA integration monitoring.
SEPA/Model Toxics Control Act integration.
SEPA lead agency for MTCA actions.
Preliminary evaluation.
Determination of nonsignificance for MTCA remedial action.
Determination of significance and EIS for MTCA remedial actions.
Early scoping for MTCA remedial actions.
MTCA interim actions.
PART THREE - CATEGORICAL EXEMPTIONS AND THRESHOLD DETERMINATION
Purpose of this part.
Categorical exemptions.
Threshold determination required.
Environmental checklist.
Threshold determination process.
Additional information.
Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).
Mitigated DNS.
Optional DNS process.
Determination of significance (DS)/initiation of scoping.
Effect of threshold determination.
PART FOUR - ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS)
Purpose of EIS.
General requirements.
EIS types.
EIS timing.
Scoping.
Expanded scoping. (Optional)
EIS preparation.
Style and size.
Format.
Cover letter or memo.
EIS contents.
Contents of EIS on nonproject proposals.
EIS contents when prior nonproject EIS.
Elements of the environment.
Relationship of EIS to other considerations.
Cost-benefit analysis.
Issuance of DEIS.
Issuance of FEIS.
PART FIVE - COMMENTING
Purpose of this part.
Inviting comment.
Availability and cost of environmental documents.
SEPA register.
Public notice.
Public hearings and meetings.
Effect of no comment.
Specificity of comments.
FEIS response to comments.
Consulted agency costs to assist lead agency.
PART SIX - USING EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS
When to use existing environmental documents.
Use of NEPA documents.
Supplemental environmental impact statement—Procedures.
Addenda—Procedures.
Adoption—Procedures.
Incorporation by reference—Procedures.
Combining documents.
PART SEVEN - SEPA AND AGENCY DECISIONS
Purpose of this part.
Implementation.
Substantive authority and mitigation.
Appeals.
PART EIGHT - DEFINITIONS
Definitions.
Act.
Action.
Addendum.
Adoption.
Affected tribe.
Affecting.
Agency.
Applicant.
Built environment.
Categorical exemption.
Closed record appeal.
Consolidated appeal.
Consulted agency.
Cost-benefit analysis.
County/city.
Decision maker.
Department.
Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).
Determination of significance (DS).
EIS.
Environment.
Environmental checklist.
Environmental document.
Environmental review.
Expanded scoping.
Impacts.
Incorporation by reference.
Lands covered by water.
Lead agency.
License.
Local agency.
Major action.
Mitigated DNS.
Mitigation.
Natural environment.
NEPA.
Nonproject.
Open record hearing.
Phased review.
Preparation.
Private project.
Probable.
Proposal.
Reasonable alternative.
Responsible official.
SEPA.
Scope.
Scoping.
Significant.
State agency.
Threshold determination.
Underlying governmental action.
PART NINE - CATEGORICAL EXEMPTIONS
Categorical exemptions.
Exemptions and nonexemptions applicable to specific state agencies.
Department of licensing.
Department of labor and industries.
Department of natural resources.
Department of fish and wildlife.
Department of social and health services and department of health.
Department of agriculture.
Department of ecology.
Department of transportation.
Utilities and transportation commission.
Department of commerce.
Other agencies.
Emergencies.
Petitioning DOE to change exemptions.
PART TEN - AGENCY COMPLIANCE
Purpose of this part.
Agency SEPA policies.
Agency SEPA procedures.
Content and consistency of agency procedures.
Critical areas.
Designation of responsible official.
Procedures of consulted agencies.
SEPA fees and costs.
Application to ongoing actions.
Relationship to chapter 197-10 WAC.
Lack of agency procedures.
Agencies with environmental expertise.
Lead agency rules.
Determining the lead agency.
Lead agency for governmental proposals.
Lead agency for public and private proposals.
Lead agency for private projects with one agency with jurisdiction.
Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from more than one agency, when one of the agencies is a county/city.
Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from a local agency, not a county/city, and one or more state agencies.
Lead agency for private projects requiring licenses from more than one state agency.
Lead agencies for specific proposals.
Transfer of lead agency status to a state agency.
Agreements on lead agency status.
Agreements on division of lead agency duties.
DOE resolution of lead agency disputes.
Assumption of lead agency status.
Severability.
Effective date.
PART ELEVEN - FORMS
Environmental checklist.
Adoption notice.
Determination of nonsignificance (DNS).
Determination of significance and scoping notice (DS).
Notice of assumption of lead agency status.
Notice of action.