Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

We're following the Governor's Safe Start Washington plan. Accordingly, we are joining a statewide effort to slow the spread of coronavirus by having most of our staff work from home. While continuing our work, we will do everything possible to keep people safe and to accommodate public participation.

Updates related to our business practices and any operational changes are listed on this page and will continue to be updated as information changes. We have up-to-date guidance and information for the regulated community, those who conduct business with us, and interested members of the public.


Office closures

All Ecology buildings are closed to the public. Staff are available by telephone and email, but will not be available for walk-in service at headquarters, regional, and field offices until further notice.

  • Our business operations will be closed October 19 due to unpaid furlough days required by a Governor directive. See our furlough closure page for updates and more information.
  • Report a spill or environmental emergency by phone as normal to the regional office that serves your county. Spills can also be reported 24/7 by calling 1-800-OILS-911.
  • Public records requests are still being accepted. However, Ecology staff will be unable to conduct in-person record reviews. Only electronic records are currently available. (See more information below.)
  • Visit our public input and events listing for updated information about public meetings.
  • We aren't currently accepting payments in person. Please see our Make a payment page for details.
  • EPA has approved limited staff at the Manchester Environmental Laboratory, which has resumed accepting samples (please contact the lab at 360-328-9308 before sending samples to confirm).

For more information, see the statewide website: COVID-19/Coronavirus in our state.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to protect the health and well-being of all Washingtonians.

Padilla Bay interpretive center closed, trails open

The interpretive center and exhibits at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve are closed to the public until further notice. The upland trail, Padilla Bay overlook, picnic area and public restrooms will remain open.

Washington Conservation Corps

The WCC is now resuming field projects that align with the Governor’s Safe Start Washington Plan.

Ecology Youth Corps jobs

We've suspended all Ecology Youth Corps summer litter crews for teens 14-17. We look forward to receiving applications next year.

The application period will open February 1, 2021.

Public input and events

Our Public input & events listings are updated with current information related to comment periods and events. Those events that have not been postponed will be conducted online.

Public records requests and disclosure

We continue to accept public record requests.

In response to Covid-19 public heath guidance and social distancing measures, the Governor has signed a proclamation that temporarily suspends the 5-day response requirement of the Public Records Act (PRA). The proclamation also temporarily suspends the PRA requirement that agency offices must be open for public inspection and copying of public records for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Ecology will not provide the ability for the public to conduct PRA business at an agency office, such as in-person inspection of records or in-person submission of PRA requests. These suspensions are in effect until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency. See Governor’s Proclamation 20-28.1.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to defend the health and well-being of all Washingtonians.