Contingency Plan Review & Public Comment

When a new plan is submitted to Ecology for review, it is a new plan, comments may be provided on content of the entire plan. During this 30-day 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.

Below you will find information on which plans are available for public review, plan reviews completed by Ecology, and comments received from the public.

The following plans are currently available for public review:

Plan Holder Public Review Begins Public Review Ends
Harley Marine 5 year review 01/21/2016 02/20/2016
NuStar integrated contingency plan 12/30/2015 01/30/2016
Tidewater Barge Lines vessel response plan 12/30/2015 01/30/2016

The following plan reviews have been completed and the checklist is available for review:

Plan Holder Initial Review

Ecology received the following comments on plans that are currently under review or in conditional approval:

Comments Received By Comments Regarding Response to Comments
Friends of the San Juans MSRC PRC application Ecology's response

To view a copy of plans currently open for review, you may do the following:

Send comments by email to Comments sent by regular mail or fax can be sent to the address or fax number below:


Preparedness Section
300 Desmond Drive SE
Lacey, Washington 98503
Office: 360-407-6251
Fax: 800-664-9184

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

  • Washington State government LISTSERV. You will also receive updates on news and information related to oil spill issues.
  • Contact Linda Helmick at (360) 407-7452 or


Contingency Plans Home Page

State-Approved Contingency Plans

Contingency Plan Review & Public Comment

Planning Standard Spreadsheets


For Facility & Vessel Plan Holders

For Vessel Owners/Operators & Agents


Oil Spill Contingency Plan Rule
Chapter 173-182 WAC

Vessel Oil Spill Prevention and Response
Chapter 88.46 RCW

Oil and Hazardous Substance Spill Prevention and Response
Chapter 90.56 RCW

Focus On:
Western Response Resource List

Planning Standards Guidance
Evaluating Contingency Plan Holder Planning Standards


Sean Orr

Plan Development Lead

Linda Pilkey Jarvis

Preparedness Section Manger