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Comment period

Financial Responsibility for Small Tank Barges and Oil Spill Response Barges

Proposed Rulemaking & Repeal

Jan. 19, 2024 - March 8, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

We are holding a comment period on this rule proposal for Chapter 173-187 WAC Financial Responsibility and repeal of Chapter 317-50 WAC.

Comments are due Mar. 08, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. and can be submitted online, by mail, or at one of the public hearings. You can attend a public hearing by registering via the links below.

     Feb. 27, 2024, 1 p.m. – Online Webinar
     Feb. 28, 2024, 6 p.m. – Online Webinar
     Feb. 29, 2024, 10 a.m. – Online Webinar

This rulemaking will implement updates to Chapter 88.40 RCW Transport of Petroleum Products – Financial Responsibility, as required under Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill (E2SHB) 1691 and will incorporate the requirements of existing Chapter 317-50 WAC, which will be repealed. The rulemaking will ensure that vessels and facility owners and operators have adequate financial resources to pay cleanup and damage costs arising from an oil spill.

Review related documents on the page for this rulemaking.

We write rules to implement and enforce state and federal environmental laws and rules. Ecology follows a 3-phase process for rulemaking:

  1. Announcement and development
  2. Proposal
  3. Adoption

For each phase of the process, we update the rulemaking web page and notify interested parties. We also file notice in the Washington State Register. To learn more about Ecology’s rulemaking process, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

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Diana Davis
Dept. of Ecology, Spills Program
PO Box 330316
Shoreline, WA 98133-9716
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Diana Davis
Rulemaking Lead

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