Washington Penalties and Liabilities: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air: Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.94.430, RCW 70.94.431, RCW 70.138.040, and RCW 70.138.070

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Asbestos: RCW 49.26.016

Electronic products transporters: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-900-570 to 173-900-590

Hazardous materials transporters: WAC 480-14-230

Hazardous waste: WAC 173-305-030 and RCW 70.105.080 to 70.105.095

Medical waste: RCW 173.300.160

Mercury ban: RCW 70.95M.080

Pesticides: RCW 17.21.310 and RCW 17.21.315


Transporters: WAC 173-345-090

Electronics: WAC 173-900-260, WAC 173-900-480, WAC 173-900-580, and WAC 173-900-740

Solid (nonhazardous) waste: RCW 70.95.240, RCW 70.95.315, RCW 70.95.400, RCW 70.95.430, RCW 70.95.500, and RCW 70.95.560

Storage tanks:

Underground storage tanks (USTs): WAC 173-360-170 and WAC 173-360-670


Ag waste: RCW 90.64.030

Drinking water: RCW 70.54.010, RCW 70.54.030, RCW 70.199.130, and RCW 70.119A.040

Oil spills: RCW 90.56.300, RCW 90.56.310, RCW 90.56.330, and RCW 90.56.360

Wastewater: RCW 90.48.140 and RCW 90.48.144

Monitoring: RCW 90.48.590

Water appropriation: RCW 90.03.400

Wetlands: RCW 90.58.210 and RWC 90.58.220

Workplace safety and health: RCW 49.17.190 and RCW 49.70.190

Regulatory Agencies

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE)

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)

Washington Department of Labor and Industries

Washington State Department of Health (DOH)

Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC)

Local air quality agencies

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Washington law provides civil and criminal penalties for violations of its environmental regulations.

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