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Spills Program

Open for Public Comment

You have an opportunity to review oil spill plans, manuals, the Geographic Response Plan process and other spill related proposals. We welcome your feedback to ensure the highest standards of prevention, preparedness and response to oil spills. The list contains current proposals Ecology from which is seeking feedback.

If you would like to be notified when documents are available for public review, you may join our contact list by the following way:

  • Washington State government LISTSERV. You will also receive updates on news and information related to oil spill issues.
  • Contact Jodi Goodman at (360) 407-6458.
Document type Open for comments Comment period opens Comment period closes (5 p.m.) Email comments
Safe and Effective Threshold Report Targa Sound Terminal LLC 3/15/2017 4/13/2017 kenneth.esplin@ecy.wa.gov
Contingency Plan
Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad 3/23/2017 4/21/2017 nhi.irwin@ecy.wa.gov

Comments can also be mailed to:
{List the program area your comments refer to}
Spills Program
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Contingency Plans

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.

To view current contingency plans, click here.

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.

To see a list of approved PRC's, click here.

Prevention Plans

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.

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.

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)

There will be a 30-day period for the public to provide comments on the final GRP for each region. In addition, members of the public may provide feedback following any GRP workshop(s) scheduled in their area.