State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) provides a way to identify possible environmental impacts that may result from governmental decisions. These decisions may be related to issuing permits for private projects, constructing public facilities, or adopting regulations, policies, or plans. Information provided during the SEPA review process helps agency decision-makers, applicants, and the public understand how a proposal will affect the environment. This information can be used to change a proposal to reduce likely impacts, or to condition or deny a proposal when adverse environmental impacts are identified.

On September 28, 2015, the Port of Olympia Commission adopted Resolution 2015-12, which revised the Port's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) policy. The revisions include:
  • Additional time to file administrative appeals of Port SEPA decisions;
  • Procedures for requesting clarification or reconsideration of a Hearing Examiner's decision of a SEPA appeal;
  • Additional clarity around appeal procedures; and
  • Adoption of a Climate Change Addendum to the SEPA policy that requires the Port to consider greenhouse gas emissions and the effect of climate change on proposed Port actions in the SEPA environmental review.

Port's SEPA Policy


View the Port's current SEPA policy.

Current SEPA Notice(s)


View the Port's current SEPA Notice(s).

More information is available on the SEPA process on the Department of Ecology’s website. If you have questions or would like additional information on SEPA at the Port of Olympia, please contact the Rachael Jamison, Director of Environmental Programs, by Email or by phone at 360.528.8020.