Public comments accepted for oil spill contingency plan update

Ecology invites public review and comment on updated oil spill contingency plans.


Interested public, local and tribal governments are invited to review and comment on the interim updates to industry oil spill plans.  These interim updates are required by the recent changes to the state’s oil spill planning regulations.


Washington Administration Code (WAC) 173-182 requires oil handling facilities, pipelines and vessels to have a state-approved oil spill contingency plan that ensures their ability to respond to major oil spills.


These interim updates are for specific parts of vessel plans required to be updated 18 months from the effective date of the rule.  The required updates include requirements for:


  • Vessel of Opportunity Planning Standard – WAC 173-182-317 for Region 1.
  • Aerial Surveillance Planning Standard – WAC 173-182-321(1).
  • Dedicated on-water Storage – WAC 183-182-335.
  • 4 hour requirements for the San Juan County Planning Standard.
  • 4 hour requirements for the Neah Bay Staging Area.


The following plan is now available for public review:

Name of company: Washington State Maritime Cooperative (WSMC)

Review starts: July 18, 2014

Review Ends: August 18, 2014 at the close of business (5 p.m.)

Provide comments by email to [email protected] or by regular mail.


Find more information about how to view the plans and where to send your comments, please visit the Spills webpage at:


If you want to follow the approval process for each plan,click here. To track completed contingency plan reviews, click here.


Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your comments.  We will consider all comments and complete the review no later than 30 days after the close of the public review period.