Washington Contingency Plan regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington Contingency Plan: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Contingency plan rules for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs): Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-303-350 and WAC 173-303-360

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Contingency plan rules for hazardous waste large quantity generators (LQGs): WAC 173-303-201

Contingency plan content: WAC 173-303-350(3)(b) and WAC 173-303-201(9)

Implementation standard: WAC 173-303-350(1) and WAC 173-303-201(8)

Expanded notification: WAC 173-303-360(2)(d) and WAC 173-303-201(14)(j)

Notification before resuming operations: WAC 173-303-360(2)(i), WAC 173-303-360(2)(j), WAC 173-303-201(14)(i), and WAC 173-303-201(14)(j)

Follow-up report: WAC 173-303-360(2)(k) and WAC 173-303-201(14)(k)

Regulatory Agency

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Washington has adopted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in Washington as of April 30, 2019, which includes the federal contingency plan requirements for large quantity generators (LQGs). The state follows the federal rules for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) contingency plans. The state has added standards concerning plan content, implementation, notification, and the follow-up report that apply to both LQGs and TSDFs.

Administration and enforcement. The Washington Department of Ecology's (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program administers and enforces the contingency plan requirements in Washington.

State Requirements

PLAN CONTENT

WAC 173-303-350(3)(b) and WAC 173-303-201(9)

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