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Washington Administration Code (WAC) Chapter 173-182 requires larger oil handling facilities, pipelines and commercial vessels to have state approved oil spill contingency plans that describe their ability to respond to oil spills. Currently there are 30 plan holders that operate under these regulations. You can view these plan holders and see their plan approval dates by clicking here.
A contingency plan is like a “game plan,” that outlines what is necessary to ensure a rapid, aggressive and well coordinated response to an oil spill. Critical elements of these plans include:
Meeting the applicable planning standard requires a company to clearly demonstrate they have access to oil spill response equipment including boom, recovery and storage necessary to contain and clean-up the oil. The amount and type of response equipment is typically based on a worst case spill (WCS) volume for company operations. Plan holders often use Primary Response Contractors (PRCs) to provide response equipment and response support teams. The adequacy of contingency plans in tested through scheduled and unannounced drills.
The Northwest Area Contingency Plan forms the structure of planning in Washington.
When a new plan is submitted to Ecology for review, it is made available for a 30-day public comment period. You can go to the Contingency Plan Review and Public Comment page for information on which plans are currently available for review. Also on the Contingency Plan Review and Public Comment page, you may see reviews completed by Ecology and comments received from the public. If you would like to be notified when plans are available for public review, you may join our contact list in the following ways:
Oil Spill Contingency Plan Rule
Vessel Oil Spill Prevention and Response
Oil and Hazardous Substance Spill Prevention and Response
Planning Standards Guidance
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