Open for Public Comment
We provide opportunities to review plans and reports related to oil transportation. We welcome your feedback to ensure the highest standards of prevention, preparedness and response to oil spills. To be notified when these types of documents are available for public review, join the Spills Program email list.
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Washington Administration Code (WAC) 173-182 requires certain oil handling facilities, pipelines and vessels to have a state-approved oil spill contingency plan that ensures their ability to respond to major oil spills. This is a regulatory requirement with a 30-day public review period. During the comment period, Ecology reviews the plan using the plan review checklist. Blank checklists for facility plans, pipeline plans, vessel plans, and vessel umbrella plans are available on the technical assistance for industry webpage. At the close of the 30-day public comment period, Ecology considers any comments received and makes a decision to approve, deny, or conditionally approve the plan. A conditional approval means that Ecology has identified items on the checklist that were not met and has requested that these items be submitted before a full approval is granted. The completed checklist that details which items are required is made available on this page. When updates to the plan are received and Ecology determines that the items on the checklist have been satisfied, the plan is made available for an additional 30-day public review before Ecology makes the final decision to approve the plan.
Equivalent Compliance Plan
Any facility or delivering vessel may submit a proposal for equivalent compliance for alternative measures during oil transfers. Facilities or delivering vessels must pre-boom or meet the applicable alternative measures until equivalent compliance is approved.
Geographic Response Plans (GRPs)
Geographic response plans are are plans that guide oil spill response. Each GRP is written for a specific area and includes tactical response strategies tailored to a particular shore or waterway at risk of injury from oil. GRPs are living documents that can be revised at any time based on new information from comments and lessons learned from drills and spills. These changes are typically reflected as interim updates until they are fully incorporated into the plan during a future update. We value your input and hope you’ll let us know how the plan might be improved. Outside of any public comment period, please email comments to GRPs@ecy.wa.gov or mail them to us at the address above. In addition, members of the public may provide feedback following any GRP workshop(s) scheduled in their area.
Class 1 Fixed Oil Handling Facilities must submit and maintain Spill Prevention Plans approved by the Department of Ecology as required by WAC Chapter 173-180-600. These Prevention Plans are required to assure that certain regulated facilities provide best achievable protection from damages caused by potential spills from their facility operations.
Primary Response Contractors Applications
WAC 173-182 requires certain oil handling facilities, pipelines and vessels to have a state-approved oil spill contingency plan that ensures their ability to respond to major oil spills. Approved PRC’s are often used to help meet contingency plan requirements. Approved PRC applications are good for three years. The original applications, and any updates, are subject to a 30-day public review period.
Safe and Effective Threshold Determination Reports
WAC 173-180 (b) and WAC 173-184 requires Rate A oil transfer deliverers develop, and submit for approval to Ecology, a report that describes the environmental factors used to determine thresholds for when it is safe and effective to pre-boom at each location.
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