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Pot producers, processors must receive approval from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Marijuana producers and processors must file with and receive approval from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
Marijuana producers and processors must file with and receive approval from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The Associated Press

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board this week reminded Puget Sound-area marijuana growers and processors that they must receive approval for their operations from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency or else face penalties.

In a note to interested parties, the board linked to the agency’s website, which states in part, “If you are producing or processing marijuana in King, Kitsap, Snohomish or Pierce County, you must submit a Notice of Construction application and obtain an Order of Approval from PSCAA.”

Among other responsibilities, producers and processors must submit a State Environmental Policy Act environmental checklist, and the Notice of Construction requires a $1,500 filing fee.

Among the questions on the permit application, producers and processors are asked to present a plan drawing of the facility and a schematic drawing of the HVAC system.

The environmental checklist, which also is required, includes questions about possible emissions; the effect on surface water; the types of vegetation found on the property; the types of endangered species that may inhabit the property; projected energy use; the presence of any toxic or hazardous materials; the possibility of historic or culturally significant buildings or sites near the proposed operation; and the availability of transportation in the area.

For more information, go to pscleanair.org.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535

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