New ‘call-before-you-dig’ law increases violation penalties statewide

OLYMPIA — Effective Jan. 1, utilities, excavators and the public will see more rigorous enforcement of the state’s “call-before-you-dig” law, including higher penalties, mandatory damage reporting and clearer procedures. The new law, passed by the Washington Legislature last year at the request of the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC), affects all utilities and anyone excavating,…

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