Chapter 173-185 WAC

Ecology is proposing to amend Chapter 173-185 WAC, Oil Movement by Rail and Pipeline Notification. This chapter establishes reporting standards for facilities that receive crude oil by rail and pipelines that transport crude oil through the state. The rule also describes reporting standards for Ecology to share information with tribes, emergency responders, local governments, and the public.

The rulemaking will implement sections of Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1578 and Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 5579, both passed in 2019 and codified in RCW 90.56.565.

This rulemaking will:

  • Expand advance notice reporting requirements for facilities that receive crude oil by rail to include type and vapor pressure of crude oil
  • Expand biannual notice requirements for pipelines that transport crude oil through the state to include gravity and type of crude oil
  • Describe how required information will be provided to the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC)
  • Make other changes to clarify language and make any corrections needed

Rulemaking timeline

Timeline

Announcement phase (CR-101)

Filing date:
Jan. 6, 2020


Announcement documents

Rule development phase

January 6, 2020 - September 2, 2020

Rule proposal phase (CR-102)

Filing date:
Sept. 2, 2020

Rule proposal documents:

Comment period

Comments due November 1, 2020
Ecology will review all comments received and plans for adoption January 19, 2021. See above for documents related to the Proposal Phase of the rulemaking.

You can submit comments through one of the following ways:

  • Mail to:
    Kim Morley
    Department of Ecology
    Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program
    PO BOX 47600
    Olympia, WA 98504-7600

    For Parcel Service:
    Kim Morley
    Department of Ecology
    Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program
    300 Desmond Dr SE
    Lacey, WA 98503

 

Honoring public participation

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we realize your attention may be divided. We’re working to:

  • Stay on track with our work to protect human health and the environment where we need to make decisions and move projects forward in a timely manner.
  • Respect the public’s right to learn about and comment on environmental permitting and regulatory decisions affecting their communities.

Public Hearings

We are holding three public hearings on this rule proposal via webinar. We have scheduled public hearings via webinar only due to public health concerns. These webinars meet legal requirements for rulemaking public hearings.

 

Webinars are an online meeting you can attend from any computer using internet access. The hearings will begin with a short presentation and question and answer session, followed by the opportunity to provide testimony.

October 7, 2020 – 1 p.m.
Webinar only:

Join online from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
https://watech.webex.com/watech/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9733cf508d11e3b6406ce4b0505662a6
Join by phone:
1-415-655-0001
Access code 288 324 996
Please note: Comments will not be accepted through the chat box by persons viewing the webinar.

Ecology will accept comments through the webinar. We recommend you provide your phone number when you join the event to receive a free call back from the system. Or, for audio only, call toll free 1-415-655-0001 and enter access code 288 324 996.

October 13, 2020 – 10 a.m.
Webinar only:

Join online from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
https://watech.webex.com/watech/onstage/g.php?MTID=eaac583e6d742f4b82d9c4235344e697d
Join by phone:
1-415-655-0001
Access code 280 854 750
Please note: Comments will not be accepted through the chat box by persons viewing the webinar.

Ecology will accept comments through the webinar. We recommend you provide your phone number when you join the event to receive a free call back from the system. Or, for audio only, call toll free 1-415-655-0001 and enter access code 280 854 750.

October 20, 2020 – 6 p.m.
Webinar only:

Join online from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
https://watech.webex.com/watech/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1df768c4dbfc1d0f11fe351529601b11
Join by phone:
1-415-655-0001
Access code 284 828 617
Please note: Comments will not be accepted through the chat box by persons viewing the webinar.

Ecology will accept comments through the webinar. We recommend you provide your phone number when you join the event to receive a free call back from the system. Or, for audio only, call toll free 1-415-655-0001 and enter access code 284 828 617.

 

Any information (e.g., personal or contact) you provide may be publicly disclosed and posted on the Internet.


To request ADA accommodations, contact Ecology’s ADA Coordinator by October 5, 2020 at:

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Accessibility

To request ADA accommodation for disabilities, or printed materials in a format for the visually impaired, contact Ecology's ADA Coordinator by email at ecyadacoordinator@ecy.wa.gov, or call 360-407-6831. People with impaired hearing may call Washington Relay Service at 711. People with speech disability may call TTY at 877-833-6341.