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90.56.310  <<  90.56.320 >>   90.56.330

Unlawful for oil to enter watersExceptions.

It shall be unlawful, except under the circumstances hereafter described in this section, for oil to enter the waters of the state from any ship or any fixed or mobile facility or installation located offshore or onshore whether publicly or privately operated, regardless of the cause of the entry or fault of the person having control over the oil, or regardless of whether it be the result of intentional or negligent conduct, accident or other cause. This section shall not apply to discharges of oil in the following circumstances:
(1) The person discharging was expressly authorized to do so by the department prior to the entry of the oil into state waters; or
(2) The person discharging was authorized to do so by operation of law as provided in RCW 90.48.200.


FindingsSeverability1990 c 116: See notes following RCW 90.56.210.
PurposeShort titleConstructionRulesSeverabilityCaptions1987 c 109: See notes following RCW 43.21B.001.
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