Business & industry requirements

We have inspection, planning, and reporting requirements for oil-handling industries. These requirements help prevent spills of oil and hazardous materials. When spills do happen, our requirements help reduce impacts to Washington's environment, economy, public health and safety, and cultural and historic resources.

Each year, vessels, rail, pipelines, and facilities move 20 billion gallons of oil in Washington.

Spill prevention and preparedness requirements

In general, we require:
  • Inspections of oil-handling facilities, certain vessels, and oil transfers over water.
  • Contingency or response plans, to reduce response time in case a spill happens.
  • Advanced notice of oil transfers over water.

Our requirements for vessels include inspections of vessels and oil transfers over water, preventive measures for oil transfers, vessel emergency reporting, oil spill contingency planning, and oil spill drills. What we require depends on the type of vessel.

Oil-handling facilities Railroads and pipelines Primary response contractors

Spill reporting and response requirements