The Washington State Department of Ecology is updating a contingency plan on how an oil spill would be tackled on the 198 miles of the Columbia River from Hanford downstream to the Bonneville Dam.
The plan, which focuses on protecting public health, public safety and the environment, is available for public review and comment now through May 15. The plan is posted at 1.usa.gov/1yJ4IH6.
Potential risks to the Columbia come from oil shipped on large commercial vessels, pipelines, rail cars and trucks.
The majority of oil transported by rail into Washington and Oregon enters Washington at the border with Idaho near Spokane. The oil is transported west along the Columbia River to Vancouver before heading north toward refineries in Anacortes and Ferndale.
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Comments on the plan can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to: Washington Department of Ecology, Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (MCR-GRP), P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.