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Spills Program

Technical Assistance for Industry

This page contains information and documentation specific to railroads, vessels, and facilities.


Railroads

On August 31, 2016 Ecology adopted a new rule, Chapter 173-186 WAC, Oil Spill Contingency Plan – Railroad. Chapter 173-186 WAC establishes:

  • oil spill contingency plan, drill and equipment verification requirements,
  • provisions for inspection of records for owners and operators of railroads required to submit oil spill contingency plans under chapter 90.56 RCW, and
  • for the response contractors that support the implementation of the railroad plans.

The adoption of this rule requires railroads to develop and maintain contingency plans approved by Ecology. The rule applies to all railroads (not owned by the state) operating in Washington that transport bulk oil as cargo. The rule went into effect on October 1, 2016.

Phase-in Timeline

Existing transporter of crude oil Requirements
By October 31, 2016 Submit federal plan or the following:
  • Contact information
  • Description of rail operations in the state
  • Spill notification procedure to water
  • Letter of intent with primary response contractors
By December 30, 2016 Full contingency plan
Existing transporter of non-crude oil  
By December 30, 2016 Submit federal plan or the following:
  • Contact information
  • Description of rail operations in the state
  • Spill notification procedure to water
  • Letter of intent with primary response contractors
By March 30, 2017 Full contingency plan

Assistance Documentation


Vessels

The Oil Spill Contingency Plan rule, updated January 14, 2013, requires phase-in of:

  • Contracted tier 1 vessels of opportunity (VOO) in regions 3, 5, and 6.
  • Grays Harbor 4-hour planning standard.
  • Best achievable protection aerial surveillance asset.

Compliance date: January 14, 2017.

To meet VOO requirements, as outlined in WAC 173-182-317, the plan must:

  • Reference the PRC application describing VOO capabilities.
  • Include the list of contracted VOO.
  • Describe tactics tier 1 VOO may support.
  • List call out procedures to access and deploy VOO.
  • Commit to using tier 1 VOO during plan holder drills specific to tactics VOO may support.

If the PRC does not meet the VOO requirements, the plan holder must:

  • Include a statement that all contracts for tier 1 VOO will be made available to Ecology upon request.
  • List all VOO contracted for region 1 - Strait of Juan de Fuca. The list must include vessel name, vessel type, vessel home address, and the tactics it could be used to support. Specify where that list and tier 1 VOO contracts are located and maintained.
  • Commit to using tier 1 VOO during plan holder drills specific to tactics VOO may support.
  • Describe tactics tier 1 VOO may support.
  • List call out procedures to access and deploy VOO.

Emergency Response Towing Vessel (ERTV)

As required by statute, the U.S. Coast Guard and Ecology may also independently contract for the services of the ERTV stationed at Neah Bay to respond to an emerging maritime casualty, or as a precautionary measure.

Technical Manual

A planning and training document, technical manuals support Ecology's understanding of plan holder response equipment capabilities. They also support the best achievable protection review cycle for response systems, training, and staffing.

Assistance Documentation


Facilities

Assistance Documentation