Under the Washington Clean Air Act, RCW 70.94, local government is very much involved in the regional air pollution control programs and the potential polluters, especially industry, are very much aware of the increasingly stringent requirements in air pollution control. The impact of the Federal Air Quality Act of 1967 comes through federal grants to state and local programs and the designation of federal air quality control regions by which obligations are placed on the state to establish standards and assure implementing control programs.
At the present time, there are six single multicounty control authorities encompassing twenty counties and 84 per cent of the population. Additional control authorities are under development. The attached map shows the jurisdictional areas of the various authorities and the roster shows the chairman, control officer and address of the local agencies. The State Air Pollution Control Board operates through the office of Air Quality Control with staff and resources in the Department of Health.
Under the Clean Air Act, all state agencies are subject to the regulations of the local control authorities until the State Air Pollution Control Board establishes more stringent requirements especially applicable to state-owned sources of air pollution.
It is the purpose of this directive to require exemplary action on the part of all state agencies having a facilities or operations with the potential for creating air pollution.
It is especially important at this tine that all state agencies exhibit the utmost cooperation with the local authorities. In some instances, it will be necessary that a notice of construction, followed by any plans and information requested, be submitted to the local authorities for any installation which would have an air pollution potential. The Office of Air Quality Control is in a position to serve in a liaison capacity and I have asked that it serve as the contact between state agencies and the local authorities whenever it is desirable or necessary.
It is directed that each agency initiate an inventory of any air pollution potential in its scope of operations, develop plans for correction, and see that the needs are reflected in budget and expenditure planning.
Appropriate provisions in contracts, plans and specifications should be incorporated to assure that completed facilities or improvements will meet requirements. In addition, provision should be made to assure that the operations of construction contractors will meet the requirements. This would also apply, for example, to sub-contractors furnishing aggregate, concrete, asphalt mix, or similar materials. Where local regulations are not in effect, the agency should consult the Office of Air Quality Control for recommendations.
The chairman of the State Air Pollution Control Board is DR. Wallace Lane, Director of Health. The Executive Director is Robert L. Stockman at the Office of Air Quality Control, 1510 Smith Tower, Seattle, Washington 98104, Min 3-9080, Extension 226, 227; SCAN, 347-1226-7.
Dated this 27th day of October, 1969.
|Daniel J. Evans
Governor of Washington
Secretary of State