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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Our Ecology Youth Corps summer crews wrapped it up this week. But it's not the end of the road for litter! Our Spokane EYC coordinator caught this local woman picking up trash at a rest stop earlier this week. That's great work - and a great model for all of us as we head out for our end of summer trips. Keep it clean out there! #12millionpounds ...

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How can nutrients be bad for Puget Sound? We'll tell you how in our new blog series: Puget Sound Nutrient Watch!

The growing influence of nutrients from people is pushing Puget Sound's nutrient levels off balance. We're working to address this issue today so we can adjust to added stresses from our growing population and climate change.

Stay up-to-date with the Sound’s growing nutrient problem. Learn about how we plan to address and mitigate the negative effects an over-abundance of nutrients can have on our beautiful marine ecosystem. Follow bit.ly/2uU9f9r to the ECOconnect blog. #LetsTalkScience #PugetSoundNow #WaterQuality #PugetSound

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Washington’s waters offer vast opportunities to swim, surf, scuba dive, and recreate statewide. We want to protect these waters so people can play in them without getting sick. We’re updating our water quality standards to ensure we’re using the best methods to protect people from waterborne diseases. Learn more on our website: bit.ly/2wbNGVP

#cleanwater #recreationalusecriteria #letsgoswimming #loveyourenvironment #getinvolved

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After touring Hanford today - one of the world's largest and most complex nuclear cleanup sites - the Results Washington Goal Council 3 is meeting in our Richland office.

The tour was an opportunity for the Goal Council leaders to engage on an issue that's important to the health and safety of our state and nation. And an opportunity to learn firsthand the challenges and complexities that exist at Hanford.

Results Washington We're live with Goal Council 3 from the Department of Ecology's Nuclear Waste Program conference room in Richland, WA.

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Green, green, green! What a beautiful sight! #WAcleanair

Washington is breathing easy at the moment and it's a wonderful thing.

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