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RCWs > Title 88 > Chapter 88.40

Chapter 88.40 RCW

TRANSPORT OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS—FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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NOTES:
Ocean resources management act: Chapter 43.143 RCW.

Oil or gas exploration in marine waters: RCW 90.58.550.

88.40.005
Intent.

The legislature recognizes that oil and hazardous substance spills and other forms of incremental pollution present serious danger to the fragile marine environment of Washington state. It is the intent and purpose of this chapter to define and prescribe financial responsibility requirements for vessels that transport petroleum products as cargo or as fuel across the waters of the state of Washington and for facilities that store, handle, or transfer oil or hazardous substances in bulk on or near the navigable waters.
[ 1991 c 200 § 701; 1990 c 116 § 29; 1989 1st ex.s. c 2 § 1.]
NOTES:
Effective dates991 c 200: See RCW 90.56.901.

88.40.011
Definitions.

The definitions on this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) “Barge” means a vessel that isn’t self-propelled.
(2) “Bulk” means material that’s stored or transported in a loose, unpackaged liquid, powder, or granular form capable of being conveyed by a pipe, bucket, chute, or belt system.
(3) “Cargo vessel” means a self-propelled ship in commerce, other than a tank vessel, fishing vessel, or a passenger vessel, of three hundred or more gross tons.
(4) “Covered vessel” means a tank vessel, cargo vessel, or passenger vessel.
(5) “Department” means the department of ecology.
(6) “Director” means the director of the department of ecology.
(7)(a) “Facility” means any structure, group of structures, equipment, pipeline, or device, aside from a vessel, located on or near the navigable waters of the state that transfers oil in bulk to or from any vessel with an oil carrying capacity over 2 hundred fifty barrels or pipeline, that’s used for producing, storing, handling, transferring, processing, or transporting oil in bulk.
(b) A facility doesn’t include any: (i) Railroad car, motorized vehicle, or other rolling stock while transporting oil over the highways or rail lines of this state; (ii) retail motorized vehicle motor fuel outlet; (iii) facility that’s operated as a part of an exempt agricultural activity as provided in RCW 82.04.330; (iv) underground storage tank regulated by the department or a local government under chapter 90.76 RCW; or (v) marine fuel outlet that does not dispense greater than three thousand gallons of fuel to a ship that’s not a covered vessel, in a single transaction.
(8) “Fishing vessel” means a self-propelled commercial vessel of three hundred or more gross tons that is used for catching or processing fish.
(9) “Gross tons” means tonnage as determined by the United States coast guard under 33 C.F.R. section 138.30.
(10) “Hazardous substances” means any substance listed as of March 1, 2003, in Table 302.4 of 40 C.F.R. Part 302 adopted under section 102(a) of the federal comprehensive environmental response, compensation, and liability act of 1980, as amended by P.L. 99-499. The following are usually not hazardous substances for purposes of this chapter:
(a) Wastes listed as F001 through F028 in Table 302.4; and
(b) Wastes listed as K001 through K136 in Table 302.4.
(11) “Navigable waters of the state” means those waters of the state, and their adjoining shorelines, which might be subject to the ebb and flow of the tide and/or are presently used, have been used previously, or may be susceptible to be used to transport intrastate, interstate, or foreign commerce.
(12) “Offshore facility” means any facility located in, on, or under any of the navigable waters of the state, but doesn’t include a facility any a part of which is located in, on, or under any land of the state, aside from submerged land.
(13) “Oil” or “oils” means oil of any kind that is liquid at twenty-five degrees Celsius and one atmosphere of pressure and any fractionation thereof, including, but not limited to, crude oil, bitumen, synthetic crude oil, natural gas well condensate, petroleum, gasoline, fuel oil, diesel oil, biological oils and blends, oil sludge, oil refuse, and oil mixed with wastes other than dredged spoil. Oil doesn’t include any substance listed as of March 1, 2003, in Table 302.4 of 40 C.F.R. Part 302 adopted under section 102(a) of the federal comprehensive environmental response, compensation, and liability act of 1980, as amended by P.L. 99-499.
(14) “Onshore facility” means any facility any part of which is located in, on, or under any land of the state, apart from submerged land, that due to its location, could reasonably be expected to cause substantial harm to the environment by discharging oil into or on the navigable waters of the state or the adjoining shorelines.
(15)(a) “Owner or operator” means (i) in the case of a vessel, any person owning, operating, or chartering by demise, the vessel; (ii) in the case of an onshore or offshore facility, any person owning or operating the power; and (iii) in the case of an abandoned vessel or onshore or offshore facility, the one who owned or operated the vessel or facility immediately before its abandonment.
(b) “Operator” does not include any one that owns the land underlying a facility if the person is just not involved within the operations of the facility.
(16) “Passenger vessel” means a ship of three hundred or more gross tons with a fuel capacity of at the very least six thousand gallons carrying passengers for compensation.
(17) “Ship” means any boat, ship, vessel, barge, or other floating craft of any kind.
(18) “Spill” means an unauthorized discharge of oil into the waters of the state.
(19) “Tank vessel” means a ship that is constructed or adapted to carry, or that carries, oil in bulk as cargo or cargo residue, and that:
(a) Operates on the waters of the state; or
(b) Transfers oil in a port or place subject to the jurisdiction of this state.
(20) “Waters of the state” includes lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, inland waters, underground water, salt waters, estuaries, tidal flats, beaches and lands adjoining the seacoast of the state, sewers, and all other surface waters and watercourses throughout the jurisdiction of the state of Washington.
[ 2015 c 274 § 9; 2007 c 347 § 4; 2003 c 56 § 2; 2000 c 69 § 30; 1992 c 73 § 12; 1991 c 200 § 702.]
NOTES:
Reviser’s note: The definitions on this section have been alphabetized pursuant to RCW 1.08.015(2)(k).

Effective date015 c 274: See note following RCW 90.56.005.

Finding—Intent003 c 56: “The legislature finds that the current financial responsibility laws for vessels are in need of update and revision. The legislature intends that, whenever possible, the standards set for Washington state provide the very best level of protection per other western states and to ultimately achieve a more uniform system of financial responsibility on the Pacific Coast.” [ 2003 c 56 § 1.]

88.40.020
Evidence of financial responsibility for vessels.

(1) Any barge that transports hazardous substances in bulk as cargo, using any port or place within the state of Washington or the navigable waters of the state shall establish evidence of financial responsibility in the amount of the greater of five million dollars, or three hundred dollars per gross ton of such vessel. The quantity of financial responsibility required under this subsection is one billion dollars after January 1, 2004.
(b) The director by rule may establish a lesser standard of financial responsibility for tank vessels of three hundred gross tons or less. The usual shall set the level of financial responsibility based on the amount of cargo the tank vessel is able to carrying. The director shall not set the usual for tank vessels of three hundred gross tons or less below that required under federal law. The director may require the owner or operator of a tank vessel to prove membership in such an organization.
(3)(a) A cargo vessel or passenger vessel that carries oil as fuel shall demonstrate financial responsibility to pay at the least three hundred million dollars. However, a passenger vessel that transports passengers and vehicles between Washington state and a foreign country shall demonstrate financial responsibility to pay the greater of at the least six hundred dollars per gross ton or five hundred thousand dollars.
(b) The owner or operator of a cargo vessel or passenger vessel who is a member of a global protection and indemnity mutual organization and is covered for oil pollution risks as much as the amounts required under this section shouldn’t be required to demonstrate financial responsibility under this chapter. The director may require the owner or operator of a cargo vessel or passenger vessel to prove membership in such a corporation.
(4) A fishing vessel while on the navigable waters of the state must demonstrate financial responsibility in the following amounts: (a) For a fishing vessel carrying predominantly nonpersistent product, one hundred thirty-three dollars and forty cents per incident, for each barrel of total oil storage capacity, persistent and nonpersistent product, on the vessel or one million three hundred thirty-four thousand dollars, whichever is greater; or (b) for a fishing vessel carrying predominantly persistent product, four hundred dollars and twenty cents per incident, for each barrel of total oil storage capacity, persistent product and nonpersistent product, on the vessel or six million six hundred seventy thousand dollars, whichever is greater.
(5) The documentation of financial responsibility shall demonstrate the power of the document holder to satisfy state and federal financial liability requirements for the actual costs for removal of oil spills, for natural resource damages, and for necessary expenses.
(6) This section shall not apply to a covered vessel owned or operated by the federal government or by a state or local government.
[ 2003 c 91 § 3; 2003 c 56 § 3; 2000 c 69 § 31; 1992 c 73 § 13; 1991 c 200 § 703; 1990 c 116 § 31; 1989 1st ex.s. c 2 § 3.]
NOTES:
Reviser’s note: This section was amended by 2003 c 56 § 3 and by 2003 c 91 § 3, each without reference to the other. Both amendments are incorporated within the publication of this section under RCW 1.12.025(2). For rule of construction, see RCW 1.12.025(1).

Finding—Intent003 c 56: See note following RCW 88.40.011.

Effective dates992 c 73: See RCW 82.23B.902.

Effective dates991 c 200: See RCW 90.56.901.

88.40.025
Evidence of financial responsibility for onshore or offshore facilities.

An onshore or offshore facility shall demonstrate financial responsibility in an amount determined by the department as essential to compensate the state and affected counties and cities for damages that may occur during an inexpensive worst case spill of oil from that facility into the navigable waters of the state. The department shall consider such matters as the amount of oil that could possibly be spilled into the navigable waters from the ability, the price of cleaning up the spilled oil, the frequency of operations at the power, the damages that could result from the spill and the commercial availability and affordability of financial responsibility. This section shall not apply to an onshore or offshore facility owned or operated by the federal government or by the state or local government.
[ 1991 c 200 § 704.]
NOTES:
Effective dates991 c 200: See RCW 90.56.901.

88.40.030
Establishing evidence of financial responsibility—Documentation.

Financial responsibility required by this chapter may be established by any one in every of, or a mix of, the next methods acceptable to the department of ecology: (1) Evidence of insurance; (2) surety bonds; (3) qualification as a self-insurer; or (4) other evidence of financial responsibility. Any bond filed shall be issued by a bonding company authorized to do business within the United States. Documentation of such financial responsibility shall be kept on any covered vessel and filed with the department at the very least twenty-four hours before entry of the vessel into the navigable waters of the state. A covered vessel will not be required to file documentation of financial responsibility twenty-four hours before entry of the vessel into the navigable waters of the state, if the vessel has filed documentation of financial responsibility with the federal government, and the level of financial responsibility required by the federal government is similar as or exceeds state requirements. hydrogenation reactor The owner or operator of the vessel may file with the department a certificate evidencing compliance with the requirements of another state’s or federal financial responsibility requirements if the state or federal government requires a level of financial responsibility the same as or greater than that required under this chapter.
[ 2000 c 69 § 32; 1991 c 200 § 705; 1990 c 116 § 32; 1989 1st ex.s. c 2 § 4.]
NOTES:
Effective dates991 c 200: See RCW 90.56.901.

Findings—Severability990 c 116: See notes following RCW 90.56.210.

88.40.040
Entry or operation on state waters—Financial responsibility required—Enforcement of federal oil pollution act.

(1) It is unlawful for any vessel required to have financial responsibility under this chapter to enter or operate on Washington waters without meeting the requirements of this chapter or rules adopted under this chapter, except when necessary to avoid injury to the vessel’s crew or passengers. Any vessel owner or operator that does not meet the financial responsibility requirements of this chapter and any rules prescribed thereunder or the federal oil pollution act of 1990 shall be reported by the department to the United States coast guard.

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