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PDFWAC 173-186-603

Contingency plan general content.

(1) Contingency plans shall include all of the content and meet all the requirements in this section.
(2) In Washington state, the Northwest Area Contingency Plan (NWACP) serves as the statewide master oil and hazardous substance contingency plan required by RCW 90.56.060. Rail plan holders shall write plans that refer to and are consistent with the NWACP.
(3) All contingency plans shall include the following:
(a) Each plan shall state the name, location, type and address of the facility and the federal or state requirements intended to be met by the plan.
(b) Each plan shall state the size of the worst case spill volume. If oil handling operations vary on different rail routes, more than one worst case spill volume may be submitted to ecology for consideration.
(c) Each plan shall have a log sheet to record revisions and updates to the plan. The log sheet shall identify each section amended, including the date and page of the amendment and the name of the authorized person making the change.
(d) Each plan shall have a table of contents and a cross-reference table reflecting the locations in the plan of each component required by this chapter.
(e) Each plan shall provide a list and map of expected rail routes in Washington and a description of the operations covered by the plan, including locations where fueling occurs and an inventory of above ground storage tanks and the tank capacities.
An inventory of above ground storage tanks and tank capacities is not required if the total above ground storage capacity from containers with capacity of at least fifty-five gallons is less than one thousand three hundred twenty gallons.
(f) Each plan shall list all oil cargo transported, including region of origin, oil types, physical properties, and health and safety hazards of the oil cargo. A safety data sheet (SDS) or equivalent information may satisfy some of these requirements; the plan shall identify where the SDS or equivalent is kept for emergency response use.
(g) Each plan shall include contact information for PRC, SMT and WRSP resources listed in the plan. Contact information must include the name, address, twenty-four-hour phone number, or other means of contact at any time of the day.
(h) The plan must also include in the notifications section at least one approved SMT that could be called during a spill to assist in the management of the incident. This includes:
(i) An organizational diagram depicting the chain of command for the SMT for a worst case spill.
(ii) For the purpose of ensuring depth of the SMT, a table detailing the names of personnel to fill the following ICS roles or the name of the SMT listed to fill the roles. Personnel may be listed a maximum of two times. Personnel filling key roles do not need to be a resident in Washington state.
ICS Position
Responsible party incident commander
Public information officer
Liaison officer
Safety officer
Operations section chief
Planning section chief
Finance section chief
Logistics section chief
Situation unit leader
Resources unit leader
Documentation unit leader
Environmental unit leader
Air operations branch director
X = Not required
The plan must identify incident commanders, if located out-of-state, that could arrive in state by six hours to form unified command. If a response contractor, SMT or WRSP is used to fill positions, they must be on the list of state approved PRCs, SMTs or WRSPs that ecology will make available and maintain.
When filling out the table, the name of a PRC, SMT, or WRSP company may be used rather than the name of an individual person.
(iii) A detailed description of the planning process or a reference to the incident management handbook with planning process descriptions and meeting agendas. A job description for each spill management position or a reference to the incident management handbook with position descriptions; except if the rail plan holder follows without deviation from the planning process or job descriptions contained in the NWACP. If the planning process or job descriptions are consistent with those contained in the NWACP, then the rail plan holder may reference the NWACP rather than repeat the information.
(iv) Include a description of the type and frequency of training that the SMT receives, which shall include at a minimum, dependent on the position, ICS, NWACP policies, use and location of geographic response plans (GRPs), the contents of the plan and worker health and safety. New employees shall complete the training program prior to being assigned job responsibilities which require participation in emergency response situations.
(i) Each plan shall include procedures for immediately notifying appropriate parties that a spill or a substantial threat of a spill has occurred. The procedures shall establish a clear order of priority for immediate notification and include:
(i) A list of the names and phone numbers of required notifications to government agencies, response contractors and SMT members. The notification section shall include names and phone numbers, except that the portion of the list containing internal call down information need not be included in the plan, but shall be available for review by ecology upon request and verified during spills and drills.
(ii) Identify the central reporting office or individuals responsible for implementing the notification process.
(iii) Include a form to document those notifications.
(j) Each plan shall contain the procedures to track and account for the entire volume of oil recovered and oily wastes generated and disposed of during spills. The responsible party shall provide waste disposal records to ecology upon request.
(k) Each plan shall state how an oil spill will be assessed for determining product type, potential spill volume, and environmental conditions including tides, currents, weather, river speed and initial trajectory as well as a safety assessment including air monitoring.
(i) Each plan shall list procedures that will be used to confirm the occurrence, and estimate the quantity and nature of the spill. An updated notification report is required if the initially reported estimated quantity or the area extent of the contamination changes significantly. Rail plan holders and responsible parties are required to document their initial spill actions and the plan shall include the forms that will be used for such documentation.
(ii) The plan shall contain a checklist that identifies significant steps used to respond to a spill, listed in a logical progression of response activities.
(l) Each plan shall include a description of the methods to be used to promptly assess spills with the potential to impact groundwater, including contact information in the plan for resources typically used to investigate, contain and remediate/recover spills to groundwater.
(m) Each plan shall include concise procedures to manage oil spill liability claims of damages to persons or property, public or private, for which a responsible party may be liable.
(n) Each plan shall include a description of the sensitive areas and a description of how environmental protection will be achieved, including containment, enhanced collection and diversion tactics.
(i) The plan shall include information on natural, cultural and economic resources, coastal and aquatic habitat types and sensitivity by season, breeding sites, presence of state or federally listed endangered or threatened species, and presence of commercial and recreational species, physical geographic features, including relative isolation of coastal regions, beach types, and other geological characteristics; public beaches, water intakes including both drinking and agricultural water supplies, private and public wells that supply drinking water, and marinas; shellfish resources, significant economic resources and vulnerable populations to be protected in the geographic area covered by the plan.
(ii) Identification of sensitive resources will not be limited to surface and shoreline species at risk from floating oil spills but will also consider water column and benthic species at risk from sunken, submerged, or nonfloating oil spills. Identification of waterway depths, water density, sediment load, sea floor or river bottom types, and response options based on those factors and risks from nonfloating oil spills.
(iii) The GRPs have been developed to meet these requirements and plans may refer to the NWACP to meet these requirements. If railroad facilities occur in areas where descriptions of the sensitive areas and a description of how environmental protection will be achieved do not exist, railroad plan holders will submit summary descriptions of the sensitive areas and prepare booming strategy "control points" for waterways in the vicinity of the railroad tracks.
(o) Each plan shall identify potential initial command post locations.
(p) Each plan shall contain a description of how the rail plan holder meets each applicable planning standard in Section C of this chapter.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.56.210. WSR 20-01-097 (Order 18-04), § 173-186-603, filed 12/12/19, effective 1/18/20.]
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