Regulations & Permits

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We oversee many state and federal laws designed to protect Washington's land, air, and water. See our laws, rules, & rulemaking page for more information about our current rules and rulemaking.

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Regulations & Permits

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We oversee many state and federal laws designed to protect Washington's land, air, and water. See our laws, rules, & rulemaking page for more information about our current rules and rulemaking.

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Spill response plans for Class 2 mobile facilities
We require Class 2 mobile oil-handling facilities in Washington to have a spill response plan.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Contingency-planning-for-oil-industry/Spill-response-plans-for-mobile-oil-facilities
Contingency planning for oil industry
Oil-handling operations must have contingency plans describing how they would respond to oil spills.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Contingency-planning-for-oil-industry
Geographic Response Plans (GRPs)
GRPs, a Northwest Area Contingency Plan tool, guide early, localized actions when oil spills happen.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Contingency-planning-for-oil-industry/Geographic-response-plans-for-oil-spills
Regulatory guidance for oil industry
Spills reporting and state requirements for Class 1-4 facilities, vessels, railroads, and pipelines.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Guidance-for-oil-industry
Oil spill drills
We require oil spill drills to test and improve industry contingency plans.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Contingency-planning-for-oil-industry/Oil-spill-drills
Financial responsibility for oil spills
Tank vessels are required to have financial responsibility to pay for costs & damages from spills.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Financial-responsibility-for-oil-spills
Primary response contractors for spill cleanup
We approve primary response contractors to allow them to be cited in industry oil plans.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Contingency-planning-for-oil-industry/Primary-response-contractors
Bunkering requirements for ships
Learn about best practices and rules that promote safe, spill-free fuel loading in Washington waters.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Requirements-for-bunkering
Advance notice of oil transfer
We require certain types of facilities and vessels to tell us in advance when transferring oil.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Reporting-requirements/Advance-notice-of-oil-transfer
Oil transfers and transfer inspections
Our oil-transfer requirements help prevent spills during bulk-oil transfers.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Compliance-enforcement/Oil-transfers
Pre-booming, alternative measures, and equivalent compliance
Oil-transfer operations must include protective measures to contain potential spills.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Compliance-enforcement/Pre-booming-requirements
Spill enforcement
Spills into water harm the environment, violate state law, and may result in a penalty.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Compliance-enforcement/Spill-enforcement
Inspecting vessels for substantial risk
We inspect ships operating in state waters and take further action if they pose a substantial risk.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Compliance-enforcement/Vessel-inspections
Vessel emergency reporting
We require vessels to report spills — or threats of spills — within one hour.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Reporting-requirements/Vessel-emergency-reporting
Vessel information
Oil spill regulations and recommendations for vessel masters, agents, and companies.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Guidance-for-oil-industry/Vessel-information
Spill management teams
Spill management teams are trained personnel who support spill responses.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Contingency-planning-for-oil-industry/Spill-management-teams
Wildlife response service providers
Wildlife response service providers (WRSP) manage wildlife response activities during an oil spill.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Contingency-planning-for-oil-industry/Wildlife-response-service-providers
Oil spill prevention resources for the maritime industry
This page contains oil spill prevention resources for the maritime industry.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Guidance-for-oil-industry/Vessel-information/Prevention-Resources
Online tool: Advance Notice of Oil Transfer (login required)
Use this tool to submit advance notice of transfer (ANT) by web-based form to satisfy both Ecology and United States Coast Guard (USCG) reporting requirements for the advance notice of oil transfer.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Asset-Collections/Link-Assets/Spills/Advance-Notice-of-Oil-Transfer
Oil spill drills calendar
Schedule a drill on the Northwest Area Committee Exercise Schedule calendar.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Asset-Collections/Link-Assets/Spills/Spill-Drills-event-calendar
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