90.56.420  <<  90.56.500 >>   90.56.510

Oil spill response account.

*** CHANGE IN 2019 *** (SEE 1109-S.SL) ***
(1) The state oil spill response account is created in the state treasury. All receipts from RCW 82.23B.020(1) shall be deposited in the account. All costs reimbursed to the state by a responsible party or any other person for responding to a spill of oil shall also be deposited in the account. Moneys in the account shall be spent only after appropriation. The account is subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW.
(2)(a) The account shall be used exclusively to pay for:
(i) The costs associated with the response to spills or imminent threats of spills of crude oil or petroleum products into the waters of the state; and
(ii) The costs associated with the department's use of an emergency response towing vessel.
(b) During the 2015-2017 biennium, the legislature may transfer up to two million two hundred twenty-five thousand dollars from the account to the oil spill prevention account created in RCW 90.56.510.
(c) During the 2017-2019 fiscal biennium, the legislature may transfer up to four million seven hundred twenty-one thousand dollars from the account to the oil spill prevention account created in RCW 90.56.510.
(3) Payment of response costs under subsection (2)(a)(i) of this section shall be limited to spills which the director has determined are likely to exceed one thousand dollars.
(4) Before expending moneys from the account, but without delaying response activities, the director shall make reasonable efforts to obtain funding for response costs under subsection (2) of this section from the person responsible for the spill and from other sources, including the federal government.
(5) Reimbursement for response costs from this account shall be allowed only for costs which are not covered by funds appropriated to the agencies responsible for response activities. Costs associated with the response to spills of crude oil or petroleum products shall include:
(a) Natural resource damage assessment and related activities;
(b) Spill related response, containment, wildlife rescue, cleanup, disposal, and associated costs;
(c) Interagency coordination and public information related to a response; and
(d) Appropriate travel, goods and services, contracts, and equipment.

NOTES:

Effective date2018 c 299: See note following RCW 43.41.433.
Effective date2015 c 274: See note following RCW 90.56.005.
FindingsIntent2009 c 11: See note following RCW 88.46.130.
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