BEFORE BUYING PROPERTY:
Certain situations occur with more regularity, including spills, illegal drug labs, leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs), and failed home heating oil tanks.
Spills of Hazardous Substances
An uncontrolled spill of a hazardous substance is considered an emergency situation. In this situation, please go to the " How to Report a Spill" page immediately and follow the instructions there. You will find the appropriate telephone numbers and a list of questions you may be asked.
The Ecology Spill Response program and/or your local jurisdiction will evaluate and respond to emergency situations as soon as possible.
Discovery of an illegal drug lab is also an emergency situation. The Department of Health "Meth Lab Fact Sheet" includes information about how to identify illegal drug labs. If you suspect such a situation, please see the "How to Report a Spill" page immediately and follow the instructions there.
Leaking Underground Storage Tanks
Releases of hazardous substances from Underground Storage Tanks must be reported to Ecology within 24 hours of discovery. Please see "How to Report Environmental Incidents" for reporting instructions. (For detailed requirements, see: Reporting suspected releases WAC 173-360-360, reporting confirmed releases WAC 173-360-372, and reporting spills and overfills WAC 173-360-375).
Please see also: Underground Storage Tanks (UST / LUST) Web Page
Home Heating Oil Tanks
Home heating oil tanks are not regulated by Ecology. Please contact the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA) for assistance.
Area-Wide Contamination Zones
In some areas of the state, contamination has become dispersed over large areas of land. Please see:
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