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Regulations & Permits

We oversee many state and federal laws designed to protect Washington's land, air, and water. Rules and regulations that direct state agencies, local governments, businesses, and others on how to comply with relevant laws are compiled in the Washington Administrative Code. See our laws, rules, & rulemaking page for more information about our current rules and rulemaking.

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Spill response plans for facilities
Certain oil-handling facilities in Washington might need a spill response plan.
Contingency planning for oil industry
Oil-handling operations must have contingency plans describing how they would respond to oil spills.
Geographic Response Plans (GRPs)
GRPs, a Northwest Area Contingency Plan tool, guide early, localized actions when oil spills happen.
Operations manual requirements
Operations manuals help prevent spills during the transfer, storage, and handling of oil.
Safe and effective threshold determination reports
Safe and effective reports establish conditions for protecting open water with oil containment boom.
Oil spill prevention plans for facilities
Oil spill prevention plans reduce the risk of oil spills at large refineries and marine terminals.
Best Achievable Protection for spill response
Best Achievable Protection (BAP) is training, operations, and technologies for successful responses.
Regulatory guidance for oil industry
Spills reporting and state requirements for Class 1-4 facilities, vessels, railroads, and pipelines.
Oil spill drills
We require oil spill drills to test and improve industry contingency plans.
Oil spill contingency planning standards
We verify standards for industry contingency plans using a GIS-based model.
State-approved contingency plan holders
We review and approve oil spill contingency plans for facilities, pipelines, vessels, and railroads.
Financial responsibility for vessels
Tank vessels (small barges and commercial cargo/fishing/passenger vessels) must have financial responsibility.
Learning from incidents and spills
We learn from incidents and spills through investigations and share what we learn with others.
Primary response contractors for spill cleanup
We approve primary response contractors to allow them to be cited in industry oil plans.
Bunkering requirements for ships
Learn about best practices and rules that promote safe, spill-free fuel loading in Washington waters.
Training and certification for facilities
Well-trained facility staff are critical for an effective spill prevention program.
Voluntary certification program membership for tank vessel spill prevention
Our voluntary spill-prevention certification programs (VBAP and ECOPRO) improve the safety of Washington waters.
Advance notice of oil transfer
We require certain types of facilities and vessels to tell us in advance when they are transferring oil.
Emergency response towing vessel
The emergency response towing vessel (ERTV) helps prevent oil spills from ships and barges.
Spill prevention inspections for facilities
We inspect oil facilities to provide technical assistance and ensure rule compliance.
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