Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program
State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
Tribal Emergency Response Commission (TERC)
WDOE Regional Offices
Local emergency planning committees (LEPCs)
Local fire departments
National Response Center
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington's notification rules for dangerous wastes and hazardous substance releases are similar to the federal requirements. However, all chemical releases must be reported immediately to state, tribal, and local authorities regardless of the quantity discharged if the release is potentially harmful to public health or the environment. For releases from underground storage tanks, see the state section UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS. For releases of oil, see the national section OIL SPILLS for notification requirements. Washington follows the federal requirements for emergency planning and response and requires that all emergencies be immediately reported to both state and local authorities with a follow-up report to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) within 30 business days of the release. To review emergency reporting requirements, refer to the national ...