Updating Industrial Waste Fee Structure: Next Steps – Fall 2018 

Crossposted from Clean Water Stories 

The King County Industrial Waste (KCIW) program has been working on a proposal to update the structure of its fee system. Changes require a two-step decision-making process. First the King County Council considers updating the King County Code. Pending Council approval, the Department of Natural Resources and Parks develops a Public Rule. 

Thirty-year old fee structure is out of date

KCIW is funded by fees paid by regulated facilities, and the range of facilities we regulate has changed over the last 30 years. These changes follow national and global trends and new federal and state rules that require KCIW to focus on new industry sectors. Our current fee structure needs to be revised to reflect these changes. The current structure is primarily based on volume of water discharged for two pollutant classes (heavy metals and fats-oil-grease). Since different industries use different amounts of water, fees based primarily on water volume do not necessarily reflect the amount of work it takes for KCIW to monitor each facility.

Read more at Clean Water Stories