778 - 08/11 - Washington State Vessel Emergency Reporting Requirements - USA

The Department of Ecology of the State of Washington has instituted new rules effective July 22, 2011 requiring vessel operators to notify the Department of Ecology of any vessel emergency that results in the discharge of oil or the threat of a discharge of oil within 1 hour of the incident. We strongly urge Members to take notice of the new law and ensure all vessels are equipped with the contact information for the Emergency Management Division (EMD) 1-800-258-5990.

Session Law ESHB 1186 became effective in Washington State July 22, 2011. Section 8 of 1186 deals with notification requirements.


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