Washington Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Assessing damage: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-183-200 to 173-183-270

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Compensation schedule: WAC 173-183-320

Liability: Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 90.56.360 to 90.56.390

Oil transfers: WAC 173-180-045 and WAC 173-180-050

Prebooming: WAC 173-180-200 to 173-180-250

Oil movement by rail and pipeline: WAC 173-185-010 to 173-185-110

Railroad Contingency Plan: WAC 173-186-010 to 173-186-620

Regulatory Agencies

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

REPORT ALL OIL SPILLS TO:National Response Center: 800-424-8802ANDWashington State: 800-258-5990 or 800-OILS-911ANDAppropriate Ecology regional office(Northwest Region: 425-649-7000,Southwest Region: 360-407-6300,Central Region: 509-575-2490,Eastern Region: 509-329-3400)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The state generally follows the federal rules for oil spills and also has some additional requirements. For more information about the federal rules, see the national section OIL SPILLS.

In Washington, "oil" is defined broadly to include oils of any kind. This includes biological fuels, such as biodiesel.

Washington requires offshore and onshore oil storage facilities and vessels to prepare oil spill contingency plans. Washington also requires an oil spill prevention plan that is the state's counterpart to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan. See the state section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for a review of the rules.

The state has also developed specific requirements for calculating damages caused by oil spills.

Also see the state section RELEASE NOTIFICATION for ...


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