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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Allyn Waterfront Park in Mason County is CLOSED to water recreation. Read more on the #FecalMatters blog: bit.ly/k4WYKA ...

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Regional haze, it’s nothing like Jimi Hendrix’ purple haze. Check out what air pollution looks like.

These photos of Mount Rainier and North Cascades show the visual impacts of air pollution. It’s something Washington and other states are trying to improve. At first blush it might not seem like a serious issue but consider this. What if you grew up never clearly seeing the epic Olympic Mountains, Mount Baker, or Mount Rainier because our air pollution was too dense? It would certainly change our quality of life and impact our health and environment.

Read more about our work to reduce haze on our latest blog and the report we published. ecologywa.blogspot.com/2017/06/regional-haze-its-nothing-like-jimi.html

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We expect high winds in the Columbia Basin tomorrow evening. Out short video has four quick tips to protect yourself if caught in a dust storm or large amounts of blowing dust. #BeSafe #DustStorms ...

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Our science team is studying how fast water moves through Hangman Creek today. Data will help us understand pollution's influence.

This study and others will help us make recommendations and focus our work to improve the creek's health.

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