Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Spills Prevention, Preparedness & Response Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington has established its own state-specific oil spill contingency plan regulations that require larger oil-handling facilities, pipelines, and commercial vessels to have state-approved oil spill contingency plans that describe their ability to respond to oil spills. The state's Oil Spill Contingency Plan requires more information than the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan regulations. Both the federal SPCC Plan requirements and the state Oil Spill Contingency Plan requirements are in force in the state. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for more information on the federal requirements.
Washington requires facilities to develop and establish training and certification programs for their personnel and to document these programs in their Oil Spill Contingency Plans.