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Chapter 132M-325 WAC

Last Update: 4/3/78


WAC Sections

HTMLPDF132M-325-020State Environmental Policy Act compliance.
HTMLPDF132M-325-030State Environmental Policy Act "responsible official."
HTMLPDF132M-325-040Information center and register distribution.
HTMLPDF132M-325-050Publication of notice of action.
HTMLPDF132M-325-060Time limit for completion of EIS process.



When the office of administration or another unit on campus begins to consider taking an action which might affect the environment (e.g., revising the master plan, constructing a new building or recreation facility, adding to an existing facility, landscaping, utilities modification or installation, or adopting or revising grounds maintenance policies), the college shall follow the steps outlined in WAC 132M-325-010 through 132M-325-060.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW. WSR 78-04-072 (Resolution No. 78-1), § 132M-325-010, filed 4/3/78.]


State Environmental Policy Act compliance.

It is the policy of Lower Columbia College that capital projects proposed to be developed by the college and other similar type activities shall be accomplished in compliance with chapter 43.21C RCW, the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and in accordance with chapter 197-10 WAC, guidelines for State Environmental Policy Act implementation. To this end, Lower Columbia College hereby adopts by reference to the following sections or subsection of chapter 197-10 of the Washington Administrative Code (the "SEPA guidelines" adopted by the state of Washington, council on environmental policy):
Scope of a proposal and its impacts
No presumption of significance for nonexempt actions
Categorical exemptions
Exemptions and nonexemptions applicable to specific state agencies
Exemption for emergency actions
Use and effect of categorical exemptions
Lead agency—Responsibilities
Determination of lead agency—Procedures
Lead agency designation—Governmental proposals
Lead agency designation—Proposals involving both private and public construction
Lead agency designation—Private projects for which there is only one agency
Lead agency designation—Private projects, licenses from more than one agency when one is city/county
Lead agency designation—Private projects, license from more than one state agency
Lead agency designation—Specific proposals
Local agency transfer of lead agency status to a state agency
Agreements as to lead agency status
Agreements between agencies as to division of lead agency duties
Dispute as to lead agency determination—Resolution by CEP
Assumption of lead agency by another agency with jurisdiction
Threshold determination requirement
Recommended timing for threshold determination
Threshold determination procedures—Environmental checklist
Threshold determination procedures—Initial review of environmental checklist
Threshold determination procedures—Information in addition to checklist
Threshold determination procedures—Negative declarations
Assumption of lead agency status by another agency with jurisdiction—Prerequisites, effect and form of notice
Affirmative threshold determinations
Form of declaration of significance/nonsignificance
Threshold determination
criteria—Application of environmental checklist
Environmental checklist
Withdrawal of affirmative threshold determination
Withdrawal of negative threshold determination
Effect of threshold determination by lead agency
Duty to begin preparation of a draft EIS
Predraft consultation procedures
Organization and style of a draft EIS
Contents of a draft EIS
Special considerations regarding contents of an EIS
List of elements of the environment
Public awareness of availability of draft EIS
Circulation of the draft EIS—Review period
Specific agencies to which draft EIS shall be sent
Agencies possessing environmental expertise
Cost to the public for reproduction of environmental documents
Public hearing on a proposal—When required
Notice of public hearing on environmental impact of the proposal
Public hearing on the proposal—Use of environmental document
Preparation of amended or new draft EIS
Responsibilities of consulted agencies—Local agencies
Responsibilities of consulted agencies—State agencies with jurisdiction
Responsibilities of consulted agencies—State agencies with environmental expertise
Responsibilities of consulted agencies—When predraft consultation has occurred
Cost of performance of consulted agency responsibilities
Limitations on responses to consultation
Effect of no written comment
Preparation of the final EIS—Time period allowed
Preparation of final EIS—When no critical comments received on the draft EIS
Preparation of the final EIS—Contents—When critical comments received on draft EIS
Circulation of the final EIS
Effect of an adequate final EIS prepared pursuant to NEPA
Supplementation by a lead agency of an inadequate final NEPA EIS
Use of previously prepared EIS for a different proposed action
Use of a lead agency's EIS by other acting agencies for the same proposal
Draft and final supplements to a revised EIS
No action for seven days after publication of the final EIS
EIS combined with existing planning and review processes
Responsibilities of agencies—SEPA public information center
Regional SEPA public information centers
Application of agency guidelines to ongoing actions
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW. WSR 78-04-072 (Resolution No. 78-1), § 132M-325-020, filed 4/3/78.]


State Environmental Policy Act "responsible official."

In compliance with chapter 197-10 WAC, the president of Lower Columbia College or an individual designated to act for and on behalf of him shall be the "responsible official" for carrying out this policy.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW. WSR 78-04-072 (Resolution No. 78-1), § 132M-325-030, filed 4/3/78.]


Information center and register distribution.

The SEPA public information center required by chapter 197-10 WAC, shall be maintained in the office of administration of Lower Columbia College. Copies or updates of the registers required by WAC 197-10-830(3) shall be sent as required by WAC 197-10-830(4) to those individuals and organizations who make written request therefore.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW. WSR 78-04-072 (Resolution No. 78-1), § 132M-325-040, filed 4/3/78.]


Publication of notice of action.

Any action, as defined in WAC 197-10-040, undertaken by Lower Columbia College, shall be publicized as prescribed in RCW 43.21C.080.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW. WSR 78-04-072 (Resolution No. 78-1), § 132M-325-050, filed 4/3/78.]


Time limit for completion of EIS process.

As soon as possible after a proposal for action has been formulated and its scope defined the responsible official or his designee shall establish the date by which the EIS process for the particular project must be completed.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.21C RCW. WSR 78-04-072 (Resolution No. 78-1), § 132M-325-060, filed 4/3/78.]