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PDFWAC 197-11-444

Elements of the environment.

(1) Natural environment:
(a) Earth:
(i) Geology;
(ii) Soils;
(iii) Topography;
(iv) Unique physical features;
(v) Erosion/enlargement of land area (accretion);
(b) Air:
(i) Air quality;
(ii) Odor;
(iii) Climate;
(c) Water:
(i) Surface water movement/quantity/quality;
(ii) Runoff/absorption;
(iii) Floods;
(iv) Groundwater movement/quantity/quality;
(v) Public water supplies;
(d) Plants and animals:
(i) Habitat for and numbers or diversity of species of plants, fish, or other wildlife;
(ii) Unique species;
(iii) Fish or wildlife migration routes;
(e) Energy and natural resources:
(i) Amount required/rate of use/efficiency;
(ii) Source/availability;
(iii) Nonrenewable resources;
(iv) Conservation and renewable resources;
(v) Scenic resources;
(2) Built environment:
(a) Environmental health:
(i) Noise;
(ii) Risk of explosion;
(iii) Releases or potential releases to the environment affecting public health, such as toxic or hazardous materials;
(b) Land and shoreline use:
(i) Relationship to existing land use plans and to estimated population;
(ii) Housing;
(iii) Light and glare;
(iv) Aesthetics;
(v) Recreation;
(vi) Historic and cultural preservation;
(vii) Agricultural crops;
(c) Transportation:
(i) Transportation systems;
(ii) Vehicular traffic;
(iii) Waterborne, rail, and air traffic;
(iv) Movement/circulation of people or goods;
(v) Traffic hazards;
(d) Public services and utilities:
(i) Fire;
(ii) Police;
(iii) Schools;
(iv) Parks or other recreational facilities;
(v) Maintenance;
(vi) Communications;
(vii) Water/stormwater;
(viii) Sewer/solid waste;
(ix) Other governmental services or utilities;
(3) To simplify the EIS format, reduce paperwork and duplication, improve readability, and focus on the significant issues, some or all of the elements of the environment in WAC 197-11-444 may be combined.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21C.110 and 2022 c 246. WSR 23-01-119 (Order 22-08), § 197-11-444, filed 12/20/22, effective 1/20/23. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21C.110. WSR 84-05-020 (Order DE 83-39), § 197-11-444, filed 2/10/84, effective 4/4/84.]
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