oil spill response planning in the pacific northwest

Oil Spill Response Planning in the Pacific Northwest

October 10th, 2016

Antea Group is currently working with several railroads in the state of Washington to support their compliance with Chapter 173-186 WAC and develop Oil Spill Contingency Plans.  

What is the Rule?

Chapter 173-186 of the State of Washington Administrative Code (WAC) establishes oil spill contingency plan, drill and equipment verification requirements, and provisions for inspection of records for owners and operators of railroads required to submit oil spill contingency plans under chapter 90.56 Revised Code of Washington (RCW), and for the response contractors that support the implementation of the railroad plans.

The adoption of this rule requires railroads to develop and maintain contingency plans approved by the Department of Ecology (Ecology). Ecology adopted Chapter 173-186 WAC, Oil Spill Contingency Plan – Railroad on August 31, 2016. The rule went into effect on October 1, 2016. Within 90 days from that date, plans must be submitted. 

What Is Involvevd?

The major components for demonstrating compliance with the rule during the initial 90 days include:

  • Preparing an oil spill contingency plan that is aligned with the Northwest Area Contingency Plan (NWACP) and includes the general content requirements described in WAC 173‐186‐220;
  • Describing how each of the planning standards presented in Section C will be met;
  • Preparing a Field Document for field staff listing time critical information for the initial emergency phase of a spill or threat of a spill;
  • Preparing a written statement binding the railroad to use of the plan for oil spill planning; and
  • Submitting two copies of the plan and all appendices to Ecology by December 31, 2016.

Need Some Support?

If your railroad carries bulk petroleum products, Antea Group is prepared to support your efforts as well. Our local staff in Washington are experts in gathering environmental resource information regarding sensitive natural, social, and cultural resources as required by the plans. In addition, we have decades of spill planning experience we bring to bear on these new and exciting developments in the State of Washington, developments that are soon to be following at the Federal level and possibly in other states around the country.

Please reach out to your local Antea Group offices to learn more about how we can support your efforts in developing Oil Spill Response Plans for rail and highway transportation companies, bulk storage facilities, food processors, and even small tankage found at thousands of industrial and technology companies around the country. 

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