Primary response contractors are companies or cooperatives with equipment and trained personnel that respond to oil spills. We approve primary response contractors to allow them to be cited in industry oil plans. These contractors maintain caches of pre-staged equipment to support a rapid, aggressive response to oil spills. This equipment is routinely tested in oil spill drills.
State-approved primary response contractors
These approved primary response contractors may be listed in oil spill contingency plans.
Able Clean-up Technologies, Inc.
4117 E. Nebraska Ave.
Spokane, WA 99217
Big Sky Industrial
9711 W. Euclid Road
Spokane, WA 99224
Clean Rivers Cooperative, Inc.
200 SW Market, Suite 190
Portland, OR 97201
Cowlitz Clean Sweep, Inc.
55 International Way
Longview, WA 98632
Clean Harbors Environmental
12404 SE Jennifer St.
Clackamas, OR 97015
PO Box 944
Anacortes, WA 98221
Global Diving and Salvage
3840 W. Marginal Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Green Sweep Asphalt Services
PO BOX 6038
Vancouver, WA 98682
International Bird Rescue
4369 Cordelia Road
Fairfield, CA 94534
Marine Spill Response Corp.
1330 Industry St., #100
Everett, WA 98023-7123
NRC Environmental Services
9520 - 10th Ave. S., Suite 150
Seattle, WA 98108
Tidewater Barge Lines/Tidewater Terminal Company
6305 NW Old Lower River Road
Vancouver, WA 98660
Requirements for PRCs
According to our contingency planning rule, an approved primary response contractor must commit to the following:
- Have a process to provide 24-hour per day contact for spill response
- Begin mobilization efforts immediately upon notification but no longer than one hour from notification of a spill
- Maintain equipment in accordance with manufacturer specifications
- Identify and train staff and supervisors expected to be deployed on oil spill response tactics or used to meet the plan holder planning standards
- Assist plan holders in meeting the requirements for plans and drills
- Maintain a list of PRC response equipment on the Worldwide Response Resource List or provide an equivalent electronic equipment list and confirm the accuracy of the list on a quarterly basis
- Provide written notification to us and plan holders to whom they are obligated, within 24 hours, of any significant change in the information reported in the approved application
- Participate in drill and equipment verification programs
Our oil spill contingency plan rule requires a 30-day public review and comment period
on PRC plans and applications.
Apply to become a PRC
Complete the PRC application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical assistance for PRCs
Alternative vessel travel speeds
When reviewing industry oil spill plans, we analyze whether response equipment is in strategic locations that can be moved from a home base to a potential spill site within certain planning timeframes. Standard travel speeds of 35 miles per hour over land and five knots over water and 100 knots by air are applied, unless plan holders request alternative travel speeds and we grant them.
Because you own the equipment and keep records on performance, your customers may ask you for help to meet this requirement (WAC 173-182-350). In order for the request to be accepted by us, new or updated alternative transit speed submissions should be conducted under one of the following options: