Ecology wants new rules for tanks

— The Washington Department of Ecology is proposing updates to its underground storage tank rule in order to streamline the requirements and align the rule with current state and federal laws, Ecology said yesterday.

If those tanks aren’t properly maintained, these substances can pollute drinking water and pose serious threats to human health and the environment, an Ecology spokesman said..

Ecology said the purpose of the proposed rule is to:

Incorporate federal rule changes needed to maintain federal approval of the program.

Integrate changes made in the state statute that authorizes the program.

Update other requirements governing the program (such as service provider requirements).

To comment about the proposed changes to the underground storage tank rule and submit formal comments online or in person at an upcoming public hearing, see the information below.

Ecology will hold two public hearings on this rule proposal. The hearings will begin with a short presentation and questions and answer session, followed by the opportunity to provide testimony.

The first public hearing will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 28. It can be attended in person or via webinar.

The second public hearing will take place at 1 p.m. March 2. It is a video conference that can be attended in person at Ecology Eastern Regional Office, 4601 N. Monroe St., Spokane.

Ecology Central Regional Office, 1250 W. Alder St., Union Gap.


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