The mission of the Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program (Spills Program) is to protect Washington’s environment, public health, safety, and economy through a comprehensive regulatory and technical assistance program. You can find more information about the Spills Program by reviewing our strategic and program plans, or by contacting a member of our staff.
Prevention of spills is Ecology’s primary mission. Here you will find technical assistance for oil-handling facilities and regulated vessels, as well as information about advanced notice of transfer and certification programs like VBAP & ECOPRO.
Preparing for spills reduces impacts to human health and the environment. Ecology works with contingency plan holders and response contractors as they use best achievable protection and technology to plan, design, and conduct oil spill drills. Geographic response plans are developed for areas around the state to protect economic, cultural, and environmental resources. Checklists and guidance from the Northwest Area Contingency Plan are available as tools to guide spill response.
Ecology is committed to rapid, aggressive, and well-coordinated responses, 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to spills that pose an immediate threat to public health and the environment. Information about past and current incidents is available, as well as restoration of previously impacted areas, funding opportunities for restoration, and oil recovery credit for responsible parties.
As energy sources shift over time, so does the transportation of oil in Washington. These changes require impact studies and risk assessments. The Washington state legislature recently passed the Oil Transportation Safety Act to further protect Washington communities from potential spills.
Ecology creates and enforces rules that help protect public and environmental health in Washington. There are currently eight rules, supported by numerous state laws, related to spill prevention, preparedness, and response.
Many reports, studies, focus sheets, safety advisory bulletins, brochures, pamphlets, posters, infographics, and other spill-related information is available online by searching for your topic of interest, or by year of publication.
Become informed and involved in spill prevention, preparedness, and response. Review plans open to public comment. Register to be an oil spill volunteer in the event of a large spill, and sign up to receive periodic announcements about important events. Learn how to tell the difference between different types of oil spills. Watch a meeting, conference, or seminar via WEBINAR.
Ecology investigates spills incidents not only to gather information on cause for enforcement actions, but to develop prevention-focused training and educational opportunities.
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