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Commenting open: August 07, 2019 12:00AM PT - October 06, 2019 11:59PM PT.

Rulemaking - Chapter 173-182 Oil spill contingency plan - Formal comment period

Ecology is formally proposing an update to Chapter 173-182 WAC, the oil spill contingency plan rule. This rule requires large commercial vessels, oil handling facilities, and pipelines to have detailed contingency plans and contracts for appropriate equipment and trained personnel to respond to spills that may occur.

This rulemaking will:
  • Establish requirements for review and approval of Spill Management Teams, including entities providing wildlife rehabilitation and recovery services.
  • Enhance requirements for readiness for spills of oils that may submerge or sink, depending on their chemical properties, environmental factors (weathering), and method of discharge. 
  • Update drill requirements to reflect legislative direction. 
  • Update planning standards to align vessel and facility requirements and ensure best achievable protection is maintained in contingency plans.
  • Enhance planning standards for oiled wildlife response.
  • Make other edits to address inconsistent or unclear direction in the rule, or other administrative edits.

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