Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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Appointments to visit our office are encouraged

Do you need to visit an Ecology building in person? Appointments are encouraged so please call ahead so we can ensure the right people are available to meet with you. After you make an appointment, you will need to fill out our online health screening tool. 

Our health-screening tool applies to anyone doing business in any of our buildings, including agency employees, vendors, and contractors. By filling out the questions on the screening tool at least 12 hours in advance of your visit, you can see if you meet agency criteria before visiting our buildings.

We're following the Governor's Road to Recovery 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.

 If you speak another language, free language services are available. Call 360-407-6000. (Español)

Offices fully open to the public starting March 21, 2022

All Ecology buildings are open to the public. However, it's advisable to call ahead to the office you wish to visit (see phone numbers below) to schedule an appointment. Because a majority of Ecology staff continue to work remotely, an appointment will help ensure that the right staff will be available to meet you when you come in. 

What to expect when you visit the office 

  • Please complete an online health screening before visiting our office. (note Internet Explorer browser will not work)
  • If you forget to complete your health screening ahead of time, you can use the kiosk at our entrance or your mobile phone. We have a QR code at our entryway for easy access to the health screening app on your phone.
  • Visitors to Ecology buildings will no longer be required to wear a mask. 
  • Employees are required to wear a mask when meeting with visitors.

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.

Specific services 

  • 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. Ecology staff will conduct in-person record reviews by appointment. (See more information below.)
  • Visit our public input and events listing for updated information about public meetings.
  • If you wish to make an in-person payment, please see our Make a payment webpage for details to make an appointment.
  • 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).

Padilla Bay interpretive center 

The interpretive center, exhibits, and trails at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve are open.

Washington Conservation Corps

The WCC has resumed field projects that align with the Governor's Road to Recovery Plan. 

Ecology Youth Corps jobs

The summer litter crews for teens 14-17 are now accepting applications for summer 2022. 

Public input & events listings 

We continuously update our listings with current information related to comment periods and events. We will continue to host a majority of events online.

Public records requests and disclosure

We continue to accept public record requests. You can request records electronically or make an appointment for in-person record review. Instructions are available on our public records web page.

Visitors need to schedule appointments for an in-person records review. After you submit an electronic request, contact the Public Disclosure Coordinator(s) assigned to your request to schedule an in-person review.

Contact information 

Please call the office you wish to visit to schedule an appointment. 

Southwest regional offices

Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties

Lacey — 360-407-6300

Vancouver — 360-690-7171

Northwest regional offices

Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties

Shoreline — 206-594-0000

Bellingham — 360-255-4400

Central regional offices

Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima counties

Union Gap — 509-575-2490

Office of Columbia River — 509-454-4239

Richland — Nuclear Waste Program — 509-372-7950

Eastern regional offices

Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman counties

Spokane & Walla Walla — 509-329-3400

Not sure who to contact?

Call our main receptionist — 360-407-6000

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