Regulations & Permits

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Regulations & Permits

We oversee many state and federal laws designed to checklist iconprotect 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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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
Operations manual requirements
Operations manuals help prevent spills during the transfer, storage, and handling of oil.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Operations-manual-for-regulated-facilities
Safe and effective threshold determination reports
Safe and effective reports establish conditions for protecting open water with oil containment boom.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Safe-effective-threshold-determination-reports
Oil spill prevention plans for facilities
Oil spill prevention plans reduce the risk of oil spills at large refineries and marine terminals.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Spills-prevention-plans-for-facilities
Best Achievable Protection for spill response
Best Achievable Protection (BAP) is training, operations, and technologies for successful responses.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Contingency-planning-for-oil-industry/Best-Achievable-Protection
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 contingency planning standards
We verify standards for industry contingency plans using a GIS-based model.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Contingency-planning-for-oil-industry/Spills-planning-standards
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
Learning from incidents and spills
We learn from incidents and spills through investigations and share what we learn with others.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Learning-from-incidents-and-spills
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
Training and certification for facilities
Well-trained facility staff are critical for an effective spill prevention program.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Permits-certifications/Facilities-training-certification
Advance notice of oil transfer
We require certain types of facilities and vessels to tell us in advance when they are transferring oil.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Reporting-requirements/Advance-notice-of-oil-transfer
Emergency response towing vessel
The emergency response towing vessel (ERTV) helps prevent oil spills from ships and barges.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Reporting-requirements/Emergency-response-towing-vessel
Spill prevention inspections for facilities
We inspect oil facilities to provide technical assistance and ensure rule compliance.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Compliance-enforcement/Facility-spills-prevention-inspections
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 ships for substantial risks
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
Worldwide Response Resource List
Database of information on oil spill response equipment in the Pacific Northwest.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Contingency-planning-for-oil-industry/Worldwide-Response-Resource-List
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
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