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Spills Program

Reporting spills

If you see a spill of oil or hazardous substances

  • Call 1-800-OILS-911 (Department of Emergency Management)

If you cause a spill of oil or hazardous substances

Call BOTH of these numbers:

  • 1-800-OILS-911 (Department of Emergency Management)
  • 1-800-424-8802 (U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center)

If you spill oil or other hazardous substances to state waters, the ground, or the air, by rule you must report it, regardless of size. Failure to report a spill you caused could result in fines and serious financial liabilities. If the spill is a threat to human health, call 911 first.

Businesses covered under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know (EPCRA) must report a release of hazardous substances or extremely hazardous substances immediately to the State Emergency Response Commission and submit a written follow-up within 30 days. (More information about emergency release notification.)

Information we need when you call

Be prepared to answer the following:

  • Where is the spill? (Address, landmark, city, county - any information you have is important)
  • What spilled?
  • How much spilled?
  • Who spilled the material, if known?
  • Is anyone cleaning up the spill?
  • Have you seen dead fish or oiled wildlife?
  • Who is reporting the spill?
  • How can we contact you?
  • Can you send a photograph of the spill?

Detailed information about spill types and locations

Spills to state waters

If you spilled or see spilled oil* or hazardous substances to water, immediately call BOTH:

  • 1-800-258-5990 (Washington Department of Emergency Management) AND
  • 1-800-424-8802 (U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center)

*The definition of oil includes:

  • Petroleum oils, such as gasoline and diesel.
  • Synthetic oils, such as mechanical lubricants.
  • Plant-based oils, such as cooking oils.

State waters include: Washington's marine waters, estuaries, rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, ponds, springs, wetlands, underground (ground) water resources, sewers, storm drains, beaches, ditches, and snow banks.

Washington law on spills to water: RCW 90.56.280

Spills to land and air

You must report unpermitted spills to land to your local Ecology regional office within 90 days.

Washington law on spills to land: WAC 173.340-300

Underground storage tank spills or leaks

If you own an underground storage tank that leaks, or know of one, you must report the leak to your local Ecology regional office within 24 hours.

Washington law regarding leaks from underground storage tanks: WAC 173.340-300

Dangerous waste spills

If you spill, or see dangerous waste, immediately call BOTH:

  • 911
  • Your local Ecology regional office.

Businesses are required to report dangerous waste spills as detailed in their response plans. The public should call 911 if they believe a spill poses a threat to human health.

Washington law on spills of dangerous waste: WAC 173.303-145


Ecology regional offices

  • Southwest Regional Office - 1-360-407-6300
    (Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties)
  • Northwest Regional Office - 1-425-649-7000
    (Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties)
  • Central Regional Office - 1-509-575-2490
    (Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima counties)
  • Eastern Regional Office - 1-509-329-3400
    (Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties)
    (see map below)
Ecology's Regions Ecology Headquarters in Lacey, WA. Eastern region includes Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties. Central region includes Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima counties. Southwest region includes Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties. Northwest region includes Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties.