Washington Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan) regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan): What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Spill prevention plans: Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 90.56.200, RCW 90.56.300, and RCW 90.56.310

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Facility oil spill prevention plan standards: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-182-010 to 173-182-930

Applicability: WAC 173-182-015

Plan submittal: WAC 173-182-120

Plan content: WAC 173-182-230

Plan format: WAC 173-182-210

Binding agreement: WAC 173-182-220

Field document: WAC 173-182-240

Initial response actions: WAC 173-182-250

Notification procedures: WAC 173-182-260

Spill management teams: WAC 173-182-280

Plan maintenance: WAC 173-182-140

Training and certification:

Classes 1 and 2: WAC 173-180-500 to 173-180-550

Classes 3 and 4: WAC 173-180-210

Primary response contractor (PRC) standards: WAC 173-182-800 to 173-182-820

Regulatory Agencies

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.


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