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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.