Class 2 Facilities
Mobile facilities are defined as tank trucks, railcars, and portable tanks.
Oil transfer requirements refer to the procedures and equipment standard necessary for safe oil transfers. Here you will find information on necessary equipment, prebooming, advance notice of transfer, equivalence compliance, and alternative measures.
The operations manual refers to the written guidelines, procedures, and equipment references that facility personnel use during normal operations and how to troubleshoot issues when
problems may occur. Further, it describes the oil handling products, processes, and precautions taken by your facility. It provides a one-stop reference containing all of the facility’s
procedures for transferring oil in a safe, consistent, and environmentally sound manner.
Manual's must be submitted to Ecology for review 90 days prior to conducting an oil transfer.
Ecology ensures each Class 2 facility is in compliance with state and federal requirements found in WAC 173-180, and 33 CFR 154 and 156 respectively, and consistent with their operations manual, training and certification program, and facility response plan. Inspections typically involve transfer equipment condition, maintenance, and operational review of on-site activities. The inspector will review any issues found with the persons in charge at the site and may send a letter detailing significant issues found during the inspection. Facilities can use Ecology's inspection checklist to verify that oil transfer procedures and equipment are in compliance.
The Training and Certification program refers to facility-developed criteria for proper training of personnel for safe facility operations.
Response plans are currently required by federal requirements under 33 CFR Part 154, Subpart F. If you have an existing federal plan, there are new state standards that must be
incorporated. The Mobile Facility Response Plan Preparation Guide can assist you in meeting both state and federal
requirements for oil transfer response plans. Your plan will be reviewed by Ecology. There may be changes you need to make, but once the plan is complete, it will be approved.
The response plan is a tool that you will use during a spill response. It is important the plan be accurate, easy to use and legally correct.
Under the federal standards, most facilities are already required to participate in the National Preparedness and Response Program drill program called PREP. Under the state rules, you must also demonstrate your ability to effectively deploy the response equipment and provide emergency shutdown of transfers. Ecology will provide a written evaluation of your drills. Through planning, you can meet both requirements by:
Ecology's goal is to conduct drills and evaluate each company annually. If the schedule drills cannot be accomplished, unannounced drills will be used to reach this goal.
View an interactive map of
oil transfer facilities in Washington.
Regional Office Contacts
Copyright © Washington State Department of Ecology|
Privacy Notice | Site Info | Accessibility | Contact the web team |