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SHB 3144 (2008) requires the Department of Information Services to coordinate among state agencies to develop a "one-stop" consumer protection Web site. As part of this initiative, Ecology has developed this Web page to provide improved access to the agency's consumer protection information.

Ecology provides a wide variety of consumer protection information (i.e. information related to ensuring a fair marketplace and safe products and services); see below.

Aquatic plants, algae, and lakes
Includes information on toxic algae and risk assessments of the aquatic use of selected pesticides.
BEACH program
Monitors bacteria levels at marine beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day, including closures, advisories and swimming tips.
Children's product safety
The Children's Safe Product Reporting Rule requires manufacturers of children's products sold in Washington to report if their product contains a Chemical of High Concern to children.
Clean cars
All new vehicles must meet strict clean air standards to be registered, leased, rented, licensed, or sold for use in Washington. This includes cars, light duty trucks, and passenger vehicles (SUVs and passenger vans).
Includes information on flood hazard mapping and flood insurance.
Homeowners cleanup guide for toxic contamination
On-line guide for homeowners and small businesses who discover or suspect toxic contamination of their property.
Laboratory accreditation
Includes a searchable database of accredited environmental laboratories.
Landslides (Puget Sound)
Q&A on buying, building, insurance, drainage, bulkheads and more.
Septic systems
Information on the design and maintenance of septic tanks and drainfields. Also see Septic systems (Puget Sound).
Toxic Free Tips
Provides resources for a safer and healthier home, school, workplace and community; includes information on toxic chemicals and hazards, a shoppers guide, and recycling and disposal.
Toxins - Chemical action plans for Persistent, Bioaccumulative Toxics (PBTs)
Includes information on lead, mercury, and PBDEs (flame retardants). Also see Ecology's Reducing Toxic Threats initiative.
Underground storage tanks
Includes link to information on residential heating oil tanks and the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA) and its insurance program.
Vehicle emission specialists (Ecology contractor site)
A searchable database of Authorized Emission Specialists -- professional automotive repair technicians who have been specially trained in the diagnosis and repair of vehicles that fail any part of the emission testing process.
Water measuring
Includes background information on measuring water use and a link to a list of meter vendors and installers.
Well drilling
Information for property owners on drilling a new well or decommissioning (filling in) an old well; includes searchable databases on well drilling companies, licensed drillers, and well logs (reports).
Wetlands - Hiring a Qualified Wetland Professional
Wetland professionals are generally hired by landowners or developers who want to do something on their property that may impact a wetland area.
Wood stoves, fireplaces, and other home wood burning devices
Any new wood burning device sold, offered for sale, or given away to Washington residents must meet Washington’s standards.
Outdoor wood-fired boilers
Information on these prohibited devices.