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FINAL Cost-Benefit and Least Burdensome Alternative Analyses - Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment (Historical)

Publication number Date Published
12-08-013November 2012
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Author(s) Allen Chen
Description The Department of Ecology (Ecology) is amending Chapter 173-183 WAC – Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). The Administrative Procedures Act (RCW 34.05.328(1)(d)(e)) requires two types of analyses before adopting a significant legislative rule – a cost-benefit analysis and a least burdensome alternative analysis. This report provides the results of these analyses and shows the potential impacts associated with the adopted rule. The rule amendments include changes:
• To the current compensation schedule such that the amount of compensation is between
o $1 and $100 per gallon of oil spilled when the spill is less than 1,000 gallons.
o $3 and $300 per gallon of oil spilled when the spill is equal to or more than 1,000 gallons.
• Such that the monetary damage liability is consistent with changes in house bill (HB) 1186.
• To address how recovery credits are provided for “persistent” oil, also required by HB 1186.
• Such that Ecology deducts the volume of persistent oil recovered in 48 hours from the total spill volume when determining compensation amounts.
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Keywords natural resources, cost benefit analyses
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