Mission Statement


Washington State is represented in the Oil Spill Task Force by the Department of Ecology’s Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program. The mission of the Program is to protect Washington’s environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. It focuses on prevention of oil spills to Washington waters and land, as well as planning for an effective response to oil and hazardous substance spills whenever they occur. The Program has some 71 program employees and 25 after-hours responders located at four regional offices, two field offices, and headquarters with a two-year budget of about $29 million.

Oil Spill Program


The Latest News and Updates

On August 24, 2016, the Washington Department of Ecology adopted a new rule, Chapter 173-185 WAC, Oil Movement by Rail and Pipeline Notification. This new rule creates reporting standards for facilities that receive crude oil by rail, and pipelines that transport crude oil in or through the state. 

An additional new rule, Chapter 173-186 WAC, Oil Spill Contingency Plan – Railroad was adopted on August 31, 2016. Chapter 173-186 WAC establishes oil spill contingency plan, drill and equipment verification requirements.

For more information about both rules visit: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/rules/1514ov.html.

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