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

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

Governing Law and Regulations

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

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Contingency plans: RCW 90.56.210, RCW 90.56.300, and RCW 90.56.310

Vessel oil spill prevention plans: RCW 88.46.040 and RCW 88.46.060

Vessel contingency plans: RCW 88.46.060 to 88.46.080

Oil spill prevention plans: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-180-600 to 173-180-670

Plan contents: WAC 173-180-630

Plan submittal: WAC 173-180-640 and WAC 173-180-650

Plan availability: WAC 173-180-660

Oil spill contingency plans: WAC 173-182-010 to 173-182-930

Plan contents: WAC 173-182-210 to 173-182-280

Plan submittal: WAC 173-182-120 and WAC 173-182-140

Drills and equipment verification: WAC 173-182-700 to 173-182-740

Railroads: WAC 173-186-010 to 173-186-620

Regulatory Agencies

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Spills Prevention, Preparedness & Response Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Washington has established its own state-specific oil spill prevention plan regulations that require refineries and marine oil-handling terminals, known as Class 1 facilities, to prepare oil spill prevention plans that evaluate a facility's risk of spilling oil and propose specific measures for reducing or eliminating these risks. The state prevention plan is similar to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan, but it requires some additional information. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for more information on the federal requirements.

Washington has also established extensive state-specific oil spill contingency plan regulations ...

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