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Washington Geothermal Cultural Resource Assessment(11-WA)

Developers must comply with Washington state law when human remains or other cultural resources are discovered on the project site. The discovery of cultural resources may require obtaining a permit and providing public notice and notice to Indian Tribes.

Developers must comply with specified procedures when human remains are found on the project site. In Washington, every person has a duty to notify the coroner upon the discovery of any human remains in the most expeditious manner possible. Developers must immediately cease all ground-disturbing activity upon discovery of human remains. The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation handles the disposition of non-forensic remains, while the county coroner handles the disposition of forensic remains. If the remains are determined to be non-forensic, then DAHP must make a determination as to whether the remains are Indian or non-Indian. If the remains are Indian, then local tribes must be given notice and must be allowed to oversee the administration of the remains. RCW 68.50.645(3)(d).

Developers must obtain an Archaeological Excavation Permit from DAHP before removal of archaeological or historic artifacts discovered on the project site. “Cultural resources” are defined as archaeological and historical sites and artifacts, and traditional areas or items of religious, ceremonial and social uses to affected tribes. “Archaeological resources” are any material remains of human life or activities which are of archaeological interest, including all sites, objects, structures, artifacts, implements, and locations of pre-historical or archaeological interest. WAC 25-48-020. Developers must submit a permit application to DAHP for review. DAHP must then provide public notice of the application, and allow for public comment. An Archaeological Excavation Permit will only be issued following full consideration of all public comments. WAC 25-48-080(3).

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