Last Update: 11/23/15

Chapter 463-60 WAC

APPLICATIONS FOR SITE CERTIFICATION

WAC Sections

SUBPART A—GENERAL
Purpose.
General—Organization—Index.
General—Description of applicant.
Council recognizes pressing need for energy facilities.
General—Designation of agent.
General—Application review costs and funding.
General—Where filed.
General—Form and number of copies.
General—Full disclosure by applicants.
General—Assurances.
General—Mitigation measures.
General—Sources of information.
General—Consultation.
General—Graphic material.
General—Specific contents and applicability.
General—Amendments to applications, additional studies, procedure.
General—Applications for expedited processing.
SUBPART B—PROPOSAL
Proposal—Site description.
Proposal—Legal descriptions and ownership interests.
Proposal—Construction on site.
Proposal—Energy transmission systems.
Proposal—Electrical transmission facilities.
Proposal—Water supply.
Proposal—System of heat dissipation.
Proposal—Characteristics of aquatic discharge systems.
Proposal—Wastewater treatment.
Proposal—Spillage prevention and control.
Proposal—Surface-water runoff.
Proposal—Emission control.
Proposal—Carbon dioxide mitigation.
Proposal—Greenhouse gases emissions performance standards.
Proposal—Construction and operation activities.
Proposal—Construction management.
Proposal—Construction methodology.
Proposal—Protection from natural hazards.
Proposal—Security concerns.
Proposal—Study schedules.
Proposal—Potential for future activities at site.
Proposal—Analysis of alternatives.
Proposal—Pertinent federal, state and local requirements.
SUBPART C—NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Natural environment—Earth.
Natural environment—Air.
Natural environment—Water.
Natural environment—Habitat, vegetation, fish and wildlife.
Natural environment—Wetlands.
Natural environment—Energy and natural resources.
SUBPART D—BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Built environment—Environmental health.
Built environment—Land and shoreline use.
Built environment—Transportation.
Socioeconomic impact.
SUBPART E—APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS AND AUTHORIZATIONS
Air emissions permits and authorizations.
Wastewater/stormwater discharge permit applications.
Other permit applications.


463-60-010
Purpose.

This chapter sets forth guidelines for preparation of applications for energy facility site certification pursuant to chapter 80.50 RCW. Applications for siting energy facilities must contain information regarding the standards required by chapter 463-62 WAC. Applications for fossil-fueled thermal and/or baseload electric generation facilities shall contain information required by chapters 463-80 and 463-85 WAC.
The application shall provide the council with information regarding the applicant, the proposed project design and features, the natural environment, and the built environment. This information shall be in such detail as determined by the council to enable the council to go forward with its application review.
The council encourages applicants to consult with appropriate agencies for guidance in gathering sufficient detailed information, and development of comprehensive mitigation plans, for inclusion in their application.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 80.50 RCW and RCW 80.50.040. WSR 09-05-067, § 463-60-010, filed 2/13/09, effective 3/16/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-010, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040. WSR 92-23-012, § 463-42-010, filed 11/6/92, effective 12/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-010, filed 10/8/81; Order 113, § 463-42-010, filed 2/4/77. Formerly chapter 463-12 WAC.]



463-60-012
General—Organization—Index.

Except as may be otherwise approved by the council and except as otherwise provided below with respect to applications covering nuclear power plants, the contents of the application shall be organized in the same order as these guidelines.
(1) To aid in the council's review under SEPA and chapter 463-47 WAC, WAC 463-60-302 through 463-60-372 are similar to the elements required in an environmental impact statement.
(2) In the case of an application covering a nuclear power plant, the environmental report prepared for the nuclear regulatory commission may be substituted for the comparable sections of the site certification application, provided that the environmental report is supplemented as necessary to comply with this chapter and that an index is included listing these guidelines in order and identifying where each applicable guideline is addressed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-012, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040. WSR 92-23-012, § 463-42-012, filed 11/6/92, effective 12/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-012, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-050.]



463-60-015
General—Description of applicant.

The applicant shall provide an appropriate description of the applicant's organization and affiliations for this proposal.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, recodified as § 463-60-015, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-015, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-170.]



463-60-021
Council recognizes pressing need for energy facilities.

RCW 80.50.010 requires the council to "recognize the pressing need for increased energy facilities." For that reason, applications for site certification need not demonstrate a need for the energy facility.
[WSR 04-23-003, recodified as § 463-60-021, filed 11/4/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, § 463-42-021, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04.]



463-60-025
General—Designation of agent.

The applicant shall designate an agent to receive communications on behalf of the applicant.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, recodified as § 463-60-025, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-025, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-090.]



463-60-035
General—Application review costs and funding.

The statutory initial charges shall accompany an application and shall be a condition precedent to any action by the council. The initial costs and any additional funds needed for the review of an application, including the method of payment, shall be in accordance with chapter 463-58 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 80.50 RCW and RCW 80.50.040. WSR 09-05-067, § 463-60-035, filed 2/13/09, effective 3/16/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, recodified as § 463-60-035, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-035, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-100.]



463-60-045
General—Where filed.

Applications for site certification shall be filed with the council at the council office.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, recodified as § 463-60-045, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-045, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-030.]



463-60-055
General—Form and number of copies.

(1) Applications shall be on 8-1/2 by 11" sheets, in loose-leaf form with a hard cover binder. The applicants shall supply a sufficient number of copies of the application to the council, the number to be determined by the council in consultation with its staff, consultants and the applicant. The applicants shall also supply two copies to each county, two copies to each city, and one copy to each port district in which the proposed project would be located. In addition, one copy shall be supplied to each intervenor on admission to the proceedings. Information later submitted shall be by page-for-page substitutions suitable for insertion in the application binder, bearing the date of the submission.
(2) An applicant shall also provide the council copies of its application in a digital format for use in personal computers. Digital format shall be determined by the council in consultation with its staff, consultants and the applicant.
(3) At the time of submittal of the application, the applicant shall submit one copy of the applicable land use plans and zoning ordinances for the project site.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-055, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1). WSR 92-09-013, § 463-42-055, filed 4/2/92, effective 5/3/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-055, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-040.]



463-60-065
General—Full disclosure by applicants.

It is recognized that these guidelines can only be comprehensive in a relative sense. Therefore, and in addition to the other guidelines contained herein, the council adopts the basic guideline that an applicant for site certification must identify in the application all information known to the applicant which has a bearing on site certification.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, recodified as § 463-60-065, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-065, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-020.]



463-60-075
General—Assurances.

The application shall set forth insurance, bonding or other arrangements proposed in order to mitigate for damage or loss to the physical or human environment caused by project construction, operation, abandonment, termination, or when operations cease at the completion of a project's life. The application shall describe the applicant’s commitment to the requirements of chapter 463-72 WAC, Site restoration and preservation.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-075, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1). WSR 87-05-017 (Order 87-1), § 463-42-075, filed 2/11/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-075, filed 10/8/81.]



463-60-085
General—Mitigation measures.

(1) Mitigation measures summary. The application shall summarize the impacts to each element of the natural or built environment and the means to be utilized to minimize or mitigate possible adverse impacts during construction, operation, and decommissioning of the proposal, all associated facilities, and any alternatives being brought forward.
(2) Fair treatment. The application shall describe how the proposal’s design and mitigation measures ensure that no group of people, including any racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic group, bear a disproportionate share of the environmental or socioeconomic impacts resulting from the construction and operation of the proposed facility.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-085, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-085, filed 10/8/81.]



463-60-095
General—Sources of information.

The applicant shall disclose sources of all information and data and shall identify all preapplication studies bearing on the site and other sources of information.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, recodified as § 463-60-095, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-095, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-120.]



463-60-101
General—Consultation.

(1) Preapplication consultation. The application shall summarize all consultation that the applicant has conducted with local, state and federal agencies and governments, Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations and community citizen and interest groups prior to submittal of the application to the council.
(2) Meaningful involvement. The application shall describe all efforts made by the applicant to involve the public, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, prior to submittal of the application to the council. The application shall also set forth information for contacting local interest and community groups to allow for meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. For example, such information may include contacts with local minority radio stations and news publications.
[WSR 04-23-003, recodified as § 463-60-101, filed 11/4/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, § 463-42-101, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04.]



463-60-105
General—Graphic material.

It is the intent that material submitted pursuant to these guidelines shall be descriptive and shall include illustrative graphics in addition to narration. This requirement shall particularly apply to subject matter that deals with systems, processes, and spatial relationships. The material so submitted shall be prepared in a professional manner and in such form and scale as to be understood by those who may review it.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-105, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-105, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-110.]



463-60-115
General—Specific contents and applicability.

It is recognized that not all sections of these guidelines apply equally to all proposed energy facilities. If the applicant deems a particular section to be totally inapplicable the applicant must justify such conclusion in response to said section. The applicant must address all sections of this chapter and must substantially comply with each section, show it does not apply or secure a waiver from the council. Information submitted by the applicant shall be accompanied by a certification by applicant that all EFSEC application requirements have been reviewed, the data have been prepared by qualified professional personnel, and the application is substantially complete.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, recodified as § 463-60-115, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-115, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-060.]



463-60-116
General—Amendments to applications, additional studies, procedure.

(1) Applications to the council for site certification shall be complete and shall reflect the best available current information and intentions of the applicant.
(2) Amendments to a pending application must be presented to the council at least thirty days prior to the commencement of the adjudicative hearing, except as noted in subsection (3) of this section.
(3) Within thirty days after the conclusion of the hearings, the applicant shall submit to the council, application amendments which include all commitments and stipulations made by the applicant during the adjudicative hearings.
(4) After the start of adjudicative hearings, additional environmental studies or other reports shall be admitted only for good cause shown after petitions to the council or upon request of the council, or submitted as a portion of prefiled testimony for a witness at least thirty days prior to appearance.
[WSR 04-23-003, recodified as § 463-60-116, filed 11/4/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, § 463-42-116, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04.]



463-60-117
General—Applications for expedited processing.

(1) Request for expedited processing. Requests for expedited processing shall be accompanied by a completed environmental checklist delineated in WAC 197-11-960. The request for expedited processing shall also address the reasons for which the following are not significant enough to warrant a full review of the application for certification under the provisions of chapter 80.50 RCW:
(a) The environmental impact of the proposed energy facility;
(b) The area potentially affected;
(c) The cost and magnitude of the proposed energy facility; and
(d) The degree to which the proposed energy facility represents a change in use of the proposed site.
(2) Contents. Applications for expediting processing submitted to the council in accordance with the requirements of chapter 463-43 WAC must address all sections of chapters 463-60 and 463-62 WAC.
(3) Funds. The applicant shall submit those funds and costs for independent consultant review and application processing pursuant to RCW 80.50.071 (1)(a) and (b) and chapter 463-58 WAC with the understanding that any unexpended portions shall be returned to the applicant at the completion of application processing.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 80.50 RCW and RCW 80.50.040. WSR 09-05-067, § 463-60-117, filed 2/13/09, effective 3/16/09; WSR 04-23-003, recodified as § 463-60-117, filed 11/4/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, § 463-42-117, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04.]



463-60-125
Proposal—Site description.

The application shall contain a description of the proposed site indicating its location, prominent geographic features, typical geological and climatological characteristics, and other information necessary to provide a general understanding of all sites involved, including county or regional land use plans and zoning ordinances.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, recodified as § 463-60-125, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-125, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-180.]



463-60-135
Proposal—Legal descriptions and ownership interests.

(1) Principal facility. The application shall contain a legal description of the site to be certified and shall identify the applicants and all nonprivate ownership interests in such land.
(2) Associated and transmission facilities. For those facilities described in RCW 80.50.020 (6) and (7) the application shall contain the legal metes and bounds description of the preferred centerline of the corridor necessary to construct and operate the facility contained therein, the width of the corridor, or variations in width between survey stations if appropriate, and shall identify the applicant's and others' ownership interests in lands over which the preferred centerline is described and of those lands lying equidistant for 1/4 mile either side of such center line.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-135, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1). WSR 83-01-128 (Order 82-6), § 463-42-135, filed 12/22/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-135, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-190.]



463-60-145
Proposal—Construction on site.

The applicant shall describe the characteristics of the construction to occur at the proposed site including the type, size, and cost of the facility; description of major components and such information as will acquaint the council with the significant features of the proposed project.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, recodified as § 463-60-145, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-145, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-210.]



463-60-155
Proposal—Energy transmission systems.

The application shall identify the federal, state, and industry criteria used in the conceptual design, route selection, and construction for all facilities identified in RCW 80.50.020 (6) and (7), and shall indicate how such criteria are met.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-155, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1). WSR 83-01-128 (Order 82-6), § 463-42-155, filed 12/22/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-155, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-240.]



463-60-160
Proposal—Electrical transmission facilities.

(1) Prior to submitting an application for site certification for an electric transmission facility under RCW 80.50.060(3) an applicant shall follow the procedure as set in chapter 463-61 WAC.
(2) An application for an electric transmission facility shall include the information required by this chapter unless the requirement may not be applicable to such a facility.
(3) An application for an electrical transmission facility shall include the results of any preapplication negotiations including any agreements between the applicant and cities, towns, or counties where the electrical transmission facility is proposed to be located.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 80.50 RCW and RCW 80.50.040. WSR 09-05-067, § 463-60-160, filed 2/13/09, effective 3/16/09.]



463-60-165
Proposal—Water supply.

(1) Water intake and conveyance facilities. The application shall describe the location and type of water intakes, water lines, pipelines and water conveyance systems, and other associated facilities required for providing water to the energy facility for which certification is being requested.
(2) Water supply and usage alternatives.
(a) The applicant shall consider water supply alternatives, including use of reclaimed water, water reuse projects, and conservation methods. The application shall describe all supply alternatives considered, including the associated cost of implementing such alternatives, and the resulting benefits and penalties that would be incurred.
(b) The application shall include detailed information regarding using air cooling as an alternative to consumptive water use, including associated costs.
(c) The application shall describe water conservation methods that will be used during construction and operation of the facility.
(3) Water rights and authorizations. An applicant proposing to use surface or groundwater for the facility shall describe the source and the amount of water required during construction and operation of the energy facility and shall do one or more of the following:
(a) Submit a water use authorization or a contractual right to use water supplied by a municipal corporation or other water purveyor; or
(b) Submit a water right permit or water right certificate issued by the department of ecology for the proposed facility in an amount sufficient to meet the need of the facility. If the permit and/or certificate has been issued five years prior to the submittal date, the applicant shall provide evidence that the water right permit is in good standing, or that the certificate has not relinquished through nonuse; or
(c) For applications for new surface or groundwater withdrawals, or applications for water right changes or transfers of existing rights or certificates for withdrawal, the applicant shall submit appropriate application(s) for such rights, certificates or changes in rights and certificates, to the department of ecology prior to submittal of the application for site certification to the council. The application for site certification shall include report(s) of examination, identifying the water rights, or water right changes, submitted to and under review by the department of ecology, the quantities of water in gallons per minute and acre feet per year that are eligible for change, together with any limitations on use, including time of year. The report(s) of examination shall also include comments by the Washington state department of fish and wildlife with respect to the proposed water right applications under review by the department of ecology.
(d) Mitigation. The application shall contain a description of mitigation proposed for water supply, and shall include any and all mitigation required by the department of ecology pursuant to the review of water rights or certificates, or changes to water rights or certificates required in (c) of this subsection.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-165, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1). WSR 92-09-013, § 463-42-165, filed 4/2/92, effective 5/3/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-165, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-400.]



463-60-175
Proposal—System of heat dissipation.

The application shall describe both the proposed and alternative systems for heat dissipation from the proposed facilities.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-175, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-175, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-430.]



463-60-185
Proposal—Characteristics of aquatic discharge systems.

(1) Where discharges into a watercourse are involved, the applicant shall identify outfall configurations including:
(a) Location(s) of water discharge pipeline or conveyance system, the outfall, and any associated dilution systems;
(b) Average and maximum discharge rate;
(c) Extent of the dilution zone if necessary;
(d) Width of the receiving water body at the outfall location;
(e) Dimension(s), and rated and maximum carrying capacity of the water discharge pipeline or conveyance system, the outfall structure and any associated dilution systems;
(f) Depth and width of the receiving water body at the discharge point;
(g) Average, minimum and maximum water velocity of the receiving water body at the discharge point, and the times when the maximum and minimum flows occur.
(2) Where discharges are into a water-course via an existing discharge system for which certification is not being sought, the applicant shall also provide the following information:
(a) Ownership of the discharge conveyance system;
(b) A description of, and the terms and duration contained in, the use agreement that allows the applicant to use the discharge conveyance system;
(c) Identification of the party responsible for operation and maintenance of the discharge conveyance system;
(d) NPDES or state wastewater discharge permit number for the existing system discharge;
(e) Location of connection point into the existing discharge system;
(f) Diameter and rated and maximum volume capacity of the wastewater line or conveyance system into which discharge is being proposed;
(g) Existing, rated and maximum flow levels in the wastewater line or conveyance system into which the discharge is being proposed;
(h) Where a discharge is proposed to a publicly owned treatment works, in addition to the items provided in subsections (1) and (2) of this section, the applicant shall provide an engineering analysis showing that the proposed discharge will not cause the waste treatment facility to exceed capacities or to violate its authorized discharge limits, including both the quality of the discharge and the volume of the discharge, or to violate the permits governing its operation.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-185, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-185, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-440.]



463-60-195
Proposal—Wastewater treatment.

(1) The application shall describe each wastewater source associated with the facility and for each source, the applicability of all known, available, and reasonable methods of wastewater control and treatment to ensure it meets current waste discharge and water quality regulations.
(2) Where wastewater control involves collection and retention for recycling and/or resource recovery, the applicant shall show in detail the methods selected, including at least the following information:
(a) Waste source(s);
(b) Average and maximum daily amounts and composition of wastes;
(c) The type of storage vessel and the storage capacity and duration; and
(d) Any bypass or overflow facilities to the wastewater treatment system(s) or the receiving waters.
(3) Where wastewaters are discharged into receiving waters, the applicant shall provide a detailed description of the proposed treatment system(s), including:
(a) Appropriate flow diagrams and tables showing the sources of all tributary waste streams:
(b) Their average and maximum daily amounts and composition;
(c) Individual treatment units and their design criteria;
(d) Major piping (including all bypasses); and
(e) Average and maximum daily amounts and composition of effluent(s).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-195, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1). WSR 92-09-013, § 463-42-195, filed 4/2/92, effective 5/3/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-195, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-470.]



463-60-205
Proposal—Spillage prevention and control.

The application shall describe all spillage prevention and control measures to be employed regarding accidental and/or unauthorized discharges or emissions, relating such information to specific facilities, including but not limited to locations, amounts, storage duration, mode of handling, and transport. The application shall describe in general detail the content of a Construction Phase and an Operational Phase Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan (chapter 40 C.F.R. Part 112 and Hazardous Waste Management Plan) that will be required prior to commencement of construction.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-205, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-205, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-420.]



463-60-215
Proposal—Surface-water runoff.

The application shall describe how surface-water runoff and erosion are to be controlled during construction and operation to assure compliance with state water quality standards. The application shall describe in general detail the content of the construction and operational stormwater pollution prevention plans that will be prepared prior to commencement of construction and/or operation of the facility.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-215, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-215, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-330.]



463-60-225
Proposal—Emission control.

(1) The application shall describe and quantify all construction and operational air emissions subject to regulation by local, state or federal agencies.
(2) The application shall identify all construction and operational air emissions that are exempt from local, state and federal regulation, and the regulatory basis for the exemption.
(3) The applicant shall demonstrate that the highest and best practicable treatment for control of emissions will be utilized in facility construction and operation.
(4) The application shall identify all state and federal air emission permits that would be required after approval of the site certification agreement by the governor, and the timeline for submittal of the appropriate applications for such permits.
(5) In the case of fossil-fuel fired energy plants, the application shall describe and quantify all emissions of greenhouse gases.
(6) In the case of a nuclear-fueled plant, the applicant shall address optional plant designs as these may relate to gaseous emissions.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-225, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1). WSR 92-09-013, § 463-42-225, filed 4/2/92, effective 5/3/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-225, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-520.]



463-60-230
Proposal—Carbon dioxide mitigation.

For thermal electric energy facilities, the application shall include a carbon dioxide mitigation plan and information required by chapter 463-80 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 80.50 RCW and RCW 80.50.040. WSR 09-05-067, § 463-60-230, filed 2/13/09, effective 3/16/09.]



463-60-232
Proposal—Greenhouse gases emissions performance standards.

For baseload electric generating facilities, the application shall provide information required by, and describe how the requirements of chapter 463-85 WAC will be met.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 80.50 RCW and RCW 80.50.040. WSR 09-05-067, § 463-60-232, filed 2/13/09, effective 3/16/09.]



463-60-235
Proposal—Construction and operation activities.

The application shall: Provide the proposed construction schedule, identify the major milestones, and describe activity levels versus time in terms of craft and noncraft employment; and describe the proposed operational employment levels.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-235, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-235, filed 10/8/81.]



463-60-245
Proposal—Construction management.

The application shall describe the organizational structure including the management of project quality and environmental functions.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-245, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-245, filed 10/8/81.]



463-60-255
Proposal—Construction methodology.

The application shall describe in detail the construction procedures, including major equipment, proposed for any construction activity within watercourses, wetlands and other sensitive areas.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-255, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-255, filed 10/8/81.]



463-60-265
Proposal—Protection from natural hazards.

The application shall describe the means to be employed for protection of the facility from earthquakes, volcanic eruption, flood, tsunami, storms, avalanche or landslides, and other major natural disruptive occurrences.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-265, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1). WSR 92-09-013, § 463-42-265, filed 4/2/92, effective 5/3/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-265, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-290.]



463-60-275
Proposal—Security concerns.

The application shall describe the means employed for protection of the facility from sabotage, terrorism, vandalism and other security threats.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-275, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-275, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-300.]



463-60-285
Proposal—Study schedules.

The application shall furnish a brief description of all present or projected schedules for additional environmental studies. The studies descriptions should outline their scope and indicate projected completion dates.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-285, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-285, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-130.]



463-60-295
Proposal—Potential for future activities at site.

The application shall describe the potential for any future additions, expansions, or further activities which might be undertaken by the applicant on or contiguous to the proposed site.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-295, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-295, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-140.]



463-60-296
Proposal—Analysis of alternatives.

The application shall include an analysis of alternatives for site, route, and other major elements of the proposal.
[WSR 04-23-003, recodified as § 463-60-296, filed 11/4/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013,§ 463-42-296, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04.]



463-60-297
Proposal—Pertinent federal, state and local requirements.

(1) Each application shall include a list of all applicable federal, state, and local statutes, ordinances, rules, permits, and required use authorizations (i.e., leases, easements, rights of way, or similar authorizations) that would apply to the project if it were not under council jurisdiction. For each federal, state, or local requirement, the applicant shall describe how the project would comply or fail to comply. If the proposed project does not comply with a specific requirement, the applicant shall discuss why such compliance should be excused.
(2) Inadvertent failure by the applicant to discover and list a pertinent requirement shall not invalidate the application, but may delay the council’s processing of the application.
[WSR 04-23-003, recodified as § 463-60-297, filed 11/4/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, § 463-42-297, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04.]



463-60-302
Natural environment—Earth.

(1) The applicant shall provide detailed descriptions of the existing environment, project impacts, and mitigation measures for the following:
(a) Geology. The application shall include the results of a comprehensive geologic survey showing conditions at the site, the nature of foundation materials, and potential seismic activities.
(b) Soils. The application shall describe all procedures to be utilized to minimize erosion and other adverse consequences during the removal of vegetation, excavation of borrow pits, foundations and trenches, disposal of surplus materials, and construction of earth fills. The location of such activities shall be described and the quantities of material shall be indicated.
(c) Topography. The application shall include contour maps showing the original topography and any changes likely to occur as a result of energy facility construction and related activities. Contour maps showing proposed shoreline or channel changes shall also be furnished.
(d) Unique physical features. The application shall list any unusual or unique geologic or physical features in the project area or areas potentially affected by the project.
(e) Erosion/enlargement of land area (accretion). The application shall identify any potential for erosion, deposition, or change of any land surface, shoreline, beach, or submarine area due to construction activities, placement of permanent or temporary structures, or changes in drainage resulting from construction or placement of facilities associated with construction or operation of the proposed energy project.
(2) The application shall show that the proposed energy facility will comply with the state building code provisions for seismic hazards applicable at the proposed location.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-302, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040. WSR 92-23-012, § 463-42-302, filed 11/6/92, effective 12/7/92.]



463-60-312
Natural environment—Air.

The application shall provide detailed descriptions of the affected environment, project impacts, and mitigation measures for the following:
(1) Air quality. The application shall identify all pertinent air pollution control standards. The application shall contain adequate data showing air quality and meteorological conditions at the site. Meteorological data shall include, at least, adequate information about wind direction patterns, air stability, wind velocity patterns, precipitation, humidity, and temperature. The applicant shall describe the means to be utilized to assure compliance with applicable local, state, and federal air quality and emission standards.
(2) Odor. The application shall describe for the area affected all odors caused by construction or operation of the facility, and shall describe how these are to be minimized or eliminated.
(3) Climate. The application shall describe the extent to which facility operations may cause visible plumes, fogging, misting, icing, or impairment of visibility, and changes in ambient levels caused by all emitted pollutants.
(4) Climate change. The application shall describe impacts caused by greenhouse gases emissions and the mitigation measures proposed.
(5) Dust. The application shall describe for any area affected all dust sources created by construction or operation of the facility, and shall describe how these are to be minimized or eliminated.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 80.50 RCW and RCW 80.50.040. WSR 09-05-067, § 463-60-312, filed 2/13/09, effective 3/16/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-312, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040. WSR 92-23-012, § 463-42-312, filed 11/6/92, effective 12/7/92.]



463-60-322
Natural environment—Water.

(1) The application shall provide detailed descriptions of the affected natural water environment, project impacts and proposed mitigation measures, and shall demonstrate that facility construction and/or operational discharges will be compatible with and meet state water quality standards.
(2) Surface water movement/quality/quantity. The application shall set forth all background water quality data pertinent to the site, and hydrographic study data and analysis of the receiving waters within one-half mile of any proposed discharge location with regard to: Bottom configuration; minimum, average, and maximum water depths and velocities; water temperature and salinity profiles; anticipated effluent distribution, dilution, and plume characteristics under all discharge conditions; and other relevant characteristics which could influence the impact of any wastes discharged thereto.
(3) Runoff/absorption. The application shall describe how surface water runoff and erosion are to be controlled during construction and operation, how runoff can be reintroduced to the ground for return to the groundwater supply, and to assure compliance with state water quality standards.
(4) Floods. The application shall describe potential for flooding, identify the five, fifty, and one hundred-year flood boundaries, and describe possible flood impacts at the site, as well as possible flood-related impacts both upstream and downstream of the proposed facility as a result of construction and operation of the facility and all protective measures to prevent possible flood damage to the site and facility.
(5) Groundwater movement/quantity/quality. The application shall describe the existing groundwater movement, quality, and quantity on and near the site, and in the vicinity of any points of water withdrawal associated with water supply to the project. The application shall describe any changes in surface and groundwater movement, quantity, quality or supply uses which might result from project construction or operation and from groundwater withdrawals associated with water supply for the project, and shall provide mitigation for adverse impacts that have been identified.
(6) Public water supplies. The application shall provide a detailed description of any public water supplies which may be used or affected by the project during construction or operation of the facility.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-322, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040. WSR 92-23-012, § 463-42-322, filed 11/6/92, effective 12/7/92.]



463-60-332
Natural environment—Habitat, vegetation, fish and wildlife.

The application shall describe all existing habitat types, vegetation, wetlands, fish, wildlife, and in-stream flows on and near the project site which might reasonably be affected by construction, operation, decommissioning, or abandonment of the energy facility and any associated facilities. For purposes of this section, the term "project site" refers to the site for which site certification is being requested, and the location of any associated facilities or their right of way corridors, if applicable. The application shall contain the following information:
(1) Assessment of existing habitats and their use. The application shall include a habitat assessment report prepared by a qualified professional. The report shall contain, but not be limited to, the following information:
(a) A detailed description of habitats and species present on and adjacent to the project site, including identification of habitats and species present, relative cover, density, distribution, and health and vigor;
(b) Identification of any species of local importance, priority species, or endangered, threatened, or candidate species that have a primary association with habitat on or adjacent to the project site;
(c) A discussion of any federal, state, or local special management recommendations, including department of fish and wildlife habitat management recommendations, that have been developed for species or habitats located on or adjacent to the project area;
(2) Identification of energy facility impacts. The application shall include a detailed discussion of temporary, permanent, direct and indirect impacts on habitat, species present and their use of the habitat during construction, operation and decommissioning of the energy facility. Impacts shall be quantified in terms of habitat acreage affected, and numbers of individuals affected, threatened or removed. The discussion of impacts shall also include:
(a) Impacts to water quality, stream hydrology and in-stream flows;
(b) Impacts due to introduction, spread, and establishment of noxious or nonnative species;
(c) Impacts and changes to species communities adjacent to the project site;
(d) Impacts to fish and wildlife migration routes;
(e) Impacts to any species of local importance, priority species, or endangered, threatened, or candidate species;
(f) Impacts due to any activities that may otherwise confuse, deter, disrupt or threaten fish or wildlife;
(g) An assessment of risk of collision of avian species with any project structures, during day and night, migration periods, and inclement weather;
(h) An assessment for the potential of impacts of hazardous or toxic materials spills on habitats and wildlife.
(3) Mitigation plan. The application shall include a detailed discussion of mitigation measures, including avoidance, minimization of impacts, and mitigation through compensation or preservation and restoration of existing habitats and species, proposed to compensate for the impacts that have been identified. The mitigation plan shall also:
(a) Be based on sound science;
(b) Address all best management practices to be employed and setbacks to be established;
(c) Address how cumulative impacts associated with the energy facility will be avoided or minimized;
(d) Demonstrate how the mitigation measures will achieve equivalent or greater habitat quality, value and function for those habitats being impacted, as well as for habitats being enhanced, created or protected through mitigation actions;
(e) Identify and quantify level of compensation for impacts to, or losses of, existing species due to project impacts and mitigation measures, including benefits that would occur to existing and new species due to implementation of the mitigation measures;
(f) Address how mitigation measures considered have taken into consideration the probability of success of full and adequate implementation of the mitigation plan;
(g) Identify future use of any manmade ponds or structures created through construction and operation of the facility or associated mitigation measures, and associated beneficial or detrimental impacts to habitats, fish and wildlife;
(h) Discuss the schedule for implementation of the mitigation plan, prior to, during, and post construction and operation;
(i) Discuss ongoing management practices that will protect habitat and species, including proposed monitoring and maintenance programs;
(j) Mitigation plans should give priority to proven mitigation methods. Experimental mitigation techniques and mitigation banking may be considered by the council on a case-by-case basis. Proposals for experimental mitigation techniques and mitigation banking must be supported with analyses demonstrating that compensation will meet or exceed requirements giving consideration to the uncertainty of experimental techniques, and that banking credits meet all applicable state requirements.
(4) Guidelines review. The application shall give due consideration to any project-type specific guidelines established by state and federal agencies for assessment of existing habitat, assessment of impacts, and development of mitigation plans. The application shall describe how such guidelines are satisfied. For example, wind generation proposals shall consider Washington state department of fish and wildlife Wind Power Guidelines, August 2003, or as hereafter amended. Other types of energy facilities shall consider department of fish and wildlife Policy M-5002, dated January 18, 1999, or as hereafter amended.
(5) Federal approvals. The application shall list any federal approvals required for habitat, vegetation, fish and wildlife impacts and mitigation, status of such approvals, and federal agency contacts responsible for review.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-332, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040. WSR 92-23-012, § 463-42-332, filed 11/6/92, effective 12/7/92.]



463-60-333
Natural environment—Wetlands.

The application shall include a report for wetlands prepared by a qualified professional wetland scientist. For purposes of this section, the term "project site" refers to the site for which site certification is being requested, and the location of any associated facilities or their right of way corridors if applicable. The report shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
(1) Assessment of existing wetlands present and their quality. The assessment of the presence and quality of existing wetlands shall include:
(a) A wetland delineation performed by a qualified professional according to the Washington State Wetlands Delineation and Identification Manual, 1997, and associated data sheets, site maps with data plots and delineated wetlands areas, photographs, and topographic and aerial site maps.
(b) A description of wetland categories found on the site according to the Washington state wetland rating system found in Western Washington, Ecology Publication #93-74 and Eastern Washington, Ecology Publication 391-58, or as revised by the department of ecology.
(c) A discussion of water sources supplying wetlands and documentation of hydrologic regime encountered.
(d) A function assessment report prepared according to the Washington State Wetland Function Assessment Method to assess wetlands functions for those wetland types covered by the method, and including a description of type and degree of wetland functions that are provided.
(2) Identification of energy facility impacts. The application shall include a detailed discussion of temporary, permanent, direct and indirect impacts on wetlands, their functions and values, and associated water quality and hydrologic regime during construction, operation and decommissioning of the energy facility. The discussion of impacts shall also include impacts to wetlands due to proposed mitigation measures.
(3) Wetlands mitigation plan. The application shall include a detailed discussion of mitigation measures, including avoidance, minimization of impacts, and mitigation through compensation or preservation and restoration of existing wetlands, proposed to compensate for the direct and indirect impacts that have been identified. The mitigation plan shall be prepared consistent with the Department of Ecology Guidelines for Developing Freshwater Wetlands Mitigation Plans and Proposals, 1994, as revised. The application shall also include, but not be limited to:
(a) A discussion of how standard buffer widths have been incorporated into the mitigation proposal. Variances from standard buffer widths must be supported with professional analyses demonstrating that smaller or averaged buffer widths protect the wetland functions and values based on site-specific characteristics;
(b) A demonstration of how enhancement, restoration or compensatory mitigation actions will achieve equivalent or greater hydrologic and biological functions at the impact site, and whether any existing wetland functions would be reduced by the mitigation measures;
(c) A discussion of how standard mitigation ratios have been incorporated into the mitigation proposal. Variances from standard mitigation ratios must be supported with professional analyses demonstrating that equivalent or greater hydrologic and biological functions will be achieved;
(d) A demonstration that the mitigation actions are being conducted in an appropriate location, and that consideration was given in order of preference to: On-site opportunities; opportunities within the same subbasin or watershed assessment unit; opportunities within the same Water Resources Inventory Area (WRIA); opportunities in another WRIA;
(e) A discussion of the timing and schedule for implementation of the mitigation plan;
(f) A discussion of ongoing management practices that will protect wetlands, including proposed monitoring and maintenance programs;
(g) Mitigation plans should give priority to proven mitigation methods. Experimental mitigation techniques and mitigation banking may be considered by the council on a case-by-case basis. Proposals for experimental mitigation techniques and mitigation banking must be supported with analyses demonstrating that compensation will meet or exceed requirements giving consideration to the uncertainty of experimental techniques, and that banking credits meet all applicable state requirements.
(4) Federal approvals. The application shall list any federal approvals required for wetlands impacts and mitigation, status of such approvals, and federal agency contacts responsible for review.
[WSR 04-23-003, recodified as § 463-60-333, filed 11/4/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, § 463-42-333, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04.]



463-60-342
Natural environment—Energy and natural resources.

(1) Amount required/rate of use/efficiency. The application shall describe the rate of use and efficiency of consumption of energy and natural resources during both construction and operation of the proposed facility.
(2) Source/availability. The application shall describe the sources of supply, locations of use, types, amounts, and availability of energy or resources to be used or consumed during construction and operation of the facility.
(3) Nonrenewable resources. The application shall describe all nonrenewable resources that will be used, made inaccessible or unusable by construction and operation of the facility.
(4) Conservation and renewable resources. The application shall describe conservation measures and/or renewable resources which will or could be used during construction and operation of the facility.
(5) Scenic resources. The application shall describe any scenic resources which may be affected by the facility or discharges from the facility.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-342, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040. WSR 92-23-012, § 463-42-342, filed 11/6/92, effective 12/7/92.]



463-60-352
Built environment—Environmental health.

(1) Noise. The application shall:
(a) Describe and quantify the background noise environment that would be affected by the energy facility. The number of locations used for assessment of the existing noise environment shall be commensurate with the type of energy facility being proposed, the impacts expected, and the presence of high density receptor locations in the vicinity of the proposed site.
(b) Identify and quantify the impact of noise emissions resulting from construction and operation of the energy facility, using appropriate state-of-the-art modeling techniques, and including impacts resulting from low frequency noise;
(c) Identify local, state, and federal environmental noise impact guidelines;
(d) Describe the mitigation measures to be implemented to satisfy WAC 463-62-030;
(e) Describe the means the applicant proposes to employ to assure continued compliance with WAC 463-62-030.
(2) Risk of fire or explosion. The application shall describe any potential for fire or explosion during construction, operation, standby or nonuse, dismantling, or restoration of the facility and what measures will be made to mitigate any risk of fire or explosion.
(3) Releases or potential releases to the environment affecting public health, such as toxic or hazardous materials. The application shall describe any potential for release of toxic or hazardous materials to the environment and shall identify plans for complying with the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the state Dangerous waste regulations (chapter 173-303 WAC). The application shall describe the treatment or disposition of all solid or semisolid construction and operation wastes including spent fuel, ash, sludge, and bottoms, and show compliance with applicable state and local solid waste regulations.
(4) Safety standards compliance. The application shall identify all federal, state, and local health and safety standards which would normally be applicable to the construction and operation of a project of this nature and shall describe methods of compliance therewith.
(5) Radiation levels. For facilities which propose to release any radioactive materials, the application shall set forth information relating to radioactivity. Such information shall include background radiation levels of appropriate receptor media pertinent to the site. The application shall also describe the proposed radioactive waste treatment process, the anticipated release of radionuclides, their expected distribution and retention in the environment, the pathways which may become sources of radiation exposure, and projected resulting radiation doses to human populations. Other sources of radiation which may be associated with the project shall be described in all applications.
(6) Emergency plans. The application shall describe emergency plans which will be required to assure the public safety and environmental protection on and off the site in the event of a natural disaster or other major incident relating to or affecting the project as well as identifying the specific responsibilities that will be assumed by the applicant.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-352, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040. WSR 92-23-012, § 463-42-352, filed 11/6/92, effective 12/7/92.]



463-60-362
Built environment—Land and shoreline use.

(1) The application shall identify land use plans and zoning ordinances applicable to the project site.
(2) Light and glare. The application shall describe the impact of light and glare from construction and operation and shall describe the measures to be taken in order to eliminate or lessen this impact.
(3) Aesthetics. The application shall describe the aesthetic impact of the proposed energy facility and associated facilities and any alteration of surrounding terrain. The presentation will show the location and design of the facilities relative to the physical features of the site in a way that will show how the installation will appear relative to its surroundings. The applicant shall describe the procedures to be utilized to restore or enhance the landscape disturbed during construction (to include temporary roads).
(4) Recreation. The application shall list all recreational sites within the area affected by construction and operation of the facility and shall then describe how each will be impacted by construction and operation.
(5) Historic and cultural preservation. The application shall coordinate with and provide a list of all historical and archaeological sites within the area affected by construction and operation of the facility to the Washington state office of archaeology and historic preservation and interested tribe(s). The application shall:
(a) Provide evidence of this coordination;
(b) Describe how each site will be impacted by construction and operation; and
(c) Identify what mitigation will be required.
(6) Agricultural crops/animals. The application shall identify all agricultural crops and animals which could be affected by construction and/or operation of the facility and any operations, discharges, or wastes which could impact the adjoining agricultural community.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-362, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040. WSR 92-23-012, § 463-42-362, filed 11/6/92, effective 12/7/92.]



463-60-372
Built environment—Transportation.

(1) Transportation systems. The application shall identify all permanent transportation facilities impacted by the construction and operation of the energy facilities, the nature of the impacts and the methods to mitigate impacts. Such impact identification, description, and mitigation shall, at least, take into account:
(a) Expected traffic volumes during construction, based on where the work force is expected to reside;
(b) Access routes for moving heavy loads, construction materials, or equipment;
(c) Expected traffic volumes during normal operation of the facility;
(d) For transmission facilities, anticipated maintenance access; and
(e) Consistency with local comprehensive transportation plans.
(2) Vehicular traffic. The application shall describe existing roads, estimate volume, types, and routes of vehicular traffic which will arise from construction and operation of the facility. The applicant shall indicate the applicable standards to be utilized in improving existing roads and in constructing new permanent or temporary roads or access, and shall indicate the final disposition of new roads or access and identify who will maintain them.
(3) Waterborne, rail, and air traffic. The application shall describe existing railroads and other transportation facilities and indicate what additional access, if any, will be needed during planned construction and operation. The applicant shall indicate the applicable standards to be utilized in improving existing transportation facilities and in constructing new permanent or temporary access facilities, and shall indicate the final disposition of new access facilities and identify who will maintain them.
(4) Parking. The application shall identify existing and any additional parking areas or facilities which will be needed during construction and operation of the energy facility, and plans for maintenance and runoff control from the parking areas or facilities.
(5) Movement/circulation of people or goods. The application shall describe any change to the current movement or circulation of people or goods caused by construction or operation of the facility. The application shall indicate consideration of multipurpose utilization of rights of way and describe the measures to be employed to utilize, restore, or rehabilitate disturbed areas. The application shall describe the means proposed to ensure safe utilization of those areas under applicant's control where public access will be granted during project construction, operation, abandonment, termination, or when operations cease.
(6) Traffic hazards. The application shall identify all hazards to traffic caused by construction or operation of the facility. Except where security restrictions are imposed by the federal government the applicant shall indicate the manner in which fuels and waste products are to be transported to and from the facility, including a designation of the specific routes to be utilized.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-372, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040. WSR 92-23-012, § 463-42-372, filed 11/6/92, effective 12/7/92.]



463-60-535
Socioeconomic impact.

The application shall include a detailed socioeconomic impact analysis which identifies primary, secondary, positive as well as negative impacts on the socioeconomic environment in the area potentially affected by the project, with particular attention to the impact of the proposed facility on population, work force, property values, housing, health facilities and services, education facilities, governmental services, and local economy. The study area shall include the area that may be affected by employment within a one-hour commute distance of the project site. The analysis shall use the most recent data as published by the U.S. Census or state of Washington sources.
(1) The analysis shall include:
(a) Population and growth rate data for the most current ten-year period for the county or counties and incorporated cities in the study area;
(b) Published forecast population figures for the study area for both the construction and operations periods;
(c) Numbers and percentages describing the race/ethnic composition of the cities and counties in the study area;
(d) Average per capita and household incomes, including the number and percentage of the population below the poverty level for the cities and counties within the study area;
(e) A description of whether or not any minority or low-income populations would be displaced by this project or disproportionately impacted;
(f) The average annual work force size, total number of employed workers, and the number and percentage of unemployed workers including the year that data are most recently available. Employment numbers and percentage of the total work force should be provided for the primary employment sectors;
(g) An estimate by month of the average size of the project construction, operational work force by trade, and work force peak periods;
(h) An analysis of whether or not the locally available work force would be sufficient to meet the anticipated demand for direct workers and an estimate of the number of construction and operation workers that would be hired from outside of the study area if the locally available work force would not meet the demand;
(i) A list of the required trades for the proposed project construction;
(j) An estimate of how many direct or indirect operation and maintenance workers (including family members and/or dependents) would temporarily relocate;
(k) An estimate of how many workers would potentially commute on a daily basis and where they would originate.
(2) The application shall describe the potential impact on housing needs, costs, or availability due to the influx of workers for construction and operation of the facility and include the following:
(a) Housing data from the most recent ten-year period that data are available, including the total number of housing units in the study area, number of units occupied, number and percentage of units vacant, median home value, and median gross rent. A description of the available hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds or other recreational facilities;
(b) How and where the direct construction and indirect work force would likely be housed. A description of the potential impacts on area hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and recreational facilities;
(c) Whether or not meeting the direct construction and indirect work force’s housing needs might constrain the housing market for existing residents and whether or not increased demand could lead to increased median housing values or median gross rents and/or new housing construction. Describe mitigation plans, if needed, to meet shortfalls in housing needs for these direct and indirect work forces.
(3) The application shall have an analysis of the economic factors including the following:
(a) The approximate average hourly wage that would likely be paid to construction and operational workers, how these wage levels vary from existing wage levels in the study area, and estimate the expendable income that direct workers would likely spend within the study area;
(b) How much, and what types of direct and indirect taxes would be paid during construction and operation of the project and which jurisdictions would receive those tax revenues;
(c) The other overall economic benefits (including mitigation measures) and costs of the project on the economies of the county, the study area and the state, as appropriate, during both the construction and operational periods.
(4) The application shall describe the impacts, relationships, and plans for utilizing or mitigating impacts caused by construction or operation of the facility to the following public facilities and services:
(a) Fire;
(b) Police;
(c) Schools;
(d) Parks or other recreational facilities;
(e) Utilities;
(f) Maintenance;
(g) Communications;
(h) Water/stormwater;
(i) Sewer/solid waste;
(j) Other governmental services.
(5) The application shall compare local government revenues generated by the project (e.g., property tax, sales tax, business and occupation tax, payroll taxes) with their additional service expenditures resulting from the project; and identify any potential gaps in expenditures and revenues during both construction and operation of the project. This discussion should also address potential temporal gaps in revenues and expenditures.
(6) To the degree that a project will have a primary or secondary negative impact on any element of the socioeconomic environment, the applicant is encouraged to work with local governments to avoid, minimize, or compensate for the negative impact. The term "local government" is defined to include cities, counties, school districts, fire districts, sewer districts, water districts, irrigation districts, or other special purpose districts.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, amended and recodified as § 463-60-535, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040. WSR 92-23-012, § 463-42-535, filed 11/6/92, effective 12/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040(1) and chapter 80.50 RCW. WSR 81-21-006 (Order 81-5), § 463-42-535, filed 10/8/81. Formerly WAC 463-42-620.]



463-60-536
Air emissions permits and authorizations.

(1) The application for site certification shall include a completed prevention of significant deterioration permit (PSD) application and a notice of construction application pursuant to the requirements of chapter 463-78 WAC.
(2) The application shall include requests for authorization for any emissions otherwise regulated by local air agencies as identified in WAC 463-60-297 Pertinent federal, state and local requirements.
[WSR 04-23-003, recodified as § 463-60-536, filed 11/4/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, § 463-42-536, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04.]



463-60-537
Wastewater/stormwater discharge permit applications.

The application for site certification shall include:
(1) A completed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit application, for any proposed discharge to surface waters of the state of Washington, pursuant to the requirements of WAC 463-76-031; or
(2) For any proposed discharge to publicly owned treatment works (POTW) and/or groundwater of the state of Washington, a state waste discharge application;
(3) A notice of intent to be covered under any applicable statewide general permit for stormwater discharge.
[WSR 04-23-003, recodified as § 463-60-537, filed 11/4/04, effective 11/11/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.50.040 (1) and (12). WSR 04-21-013, § 463-42-537, filed 10/11/04, effective 11/11/04.]



463-60-540
Other permit applications.

The application for site certification shall include:
(1) A completed joint aquatic resource permit application (JARPA) for any proposed activities that would require the issuance of a water quality certification under section 401 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, or would otherwise require the issuance of a hydraulic permit approval;
(2) A notice of intent to be covered under a statewide general permit for sand and gravel issued by ecology; and
(3) A notice of intent to be covered under other permits that are otherwise issued by state agencies.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.48.262(2) and 80.50.040. WSR 15-24-041, § 463-60-540, filed 11/23/15, effective 12/24/15.]
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