Oil Spill Summit 2007 photo

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Governor Gregoire and Admiral Keith Taylor signed the following Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on October 26, 2012.

The MOU is the overarching document that guides the USCG and Ecology’s partnership.  It has been structured to emphasize inter-agency communication, regional partnerships, and effective public outreach.   It provides the framework for ensuring public trust and understanding of each agency’s authority and jurisdiction for the prevention, preparedness and response to oil and hazardous substances spills.  Through the MOU, the agencies rededicate their commitment to a proactive partnership in order to foster collaboration and cooperation in addressing emerging challenges. Furthermore, it assists each agency in most effectively meeting their existing environmental protection goals within traditional program areas of mutual interest. Like the previous MOA signed by Governor Gregoire and Admiral Richard Houck in June 2007, this MOU provides for the adoption of protocols, where appropriate, to facilitate the agencies shared work.