Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10
Local fire departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington generally follows federal rules for hazardous substance storage for hazardous waste containers, tanks, and USTs. See the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE for more information about the federal rules. Also, be sure to check the definition of hazardous substance that applies to your particular facility or process as Washington has a broader definition than the federal. See the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE for additional guidance.
The state has adopted the national Uniform Fire Code that regulates the installation, modification, removal, abandonment, and closure of ASTs. Local fire departments enforce the state fire code at state-licensed facilities. Local fire and building codes may be more stringent than state AST rules. See the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for a discussion of AST rules in Washington.
Washington incorporated the federal rules by reference for USTs. The state Fire Code requires certification for certain UST activities. Washington requires certification for certain activities and site assessment exams. UST permits are required to install, ...