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Comment Period

Chapter 363-116 WAC, Pilotage Rules, Board of Pilotage Commissioners

SEPA Determination of Significance EIS Scoping Comment Period

Feb. 22, 2023 - April 8, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

We are holding a comment period on the scope of a proposed environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Board of Pilotage Commissioners Tug Escort Rulemaking (Chapter 363-116 WAC).

Comments due: April 8, 2023

Submit by: Online, mail, or at the scoping meeting. 

Comment online
Use our online comment form.

Comment by mail
Kim Morley
Washington State Department of Ecology
Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program 
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Attend the online scoping meeting
March 21, 2023, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Join online: https://waecy-wa-gov.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlc-isrTwpHdw8eYgvTgyrLChojw5CvGoS 
Join by phone: 253-205-0468
Access code: 868 4143 7378


The Board of Pilotage Commissioners, in consultation with our agency, is conducting a rulemaking to amend Chapter 363-116 WAC, Pilotage Rules. Chapter 363-116 WAC describes the training, licensing, and regulation of Washington State maritime pilots to ensure safe pilotage. Chapter 363-116 WAC also describes tug escort requirements for oil tankers in Washington waters.  

Review related documents on the webpage for this rulemaking.

We write rules to implement and enforce state and federal environmental laws and rules.  We follow a three-phase process for rulemaking:

  1. Announcement and development
  2. Proposal
  3. Adoption

For each phase of the process, we update the rulemaking webpage and notify interested parties. We also file notice in the Washington State Register. To learn more about our rulemaking process, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

For this rulemaking, we will lead the rulemaking process for BPC and will conduct the regulatory analyses required by the Administrative Procedure Act, State Environmental Policy Act, and the Regulatory Fairness Act. The BPC will make final decisions on tug-escort requirements.

We and the BPC have have determined that the rulemaking may have a significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is required under RCW 43.21C.030 (2)(c) and will be prepared. Agencies, affected tribes, and members of the public are invited to comment on the scope of the EIS.

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Kim Morley
Dept. of Ecology, Spills Program
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
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