(1) The department must develop and maintain a model to quantitatively assess current
and potential future risks of oil spills from covered vessels in Washington waters,
as it conducts ongoing oil spill risk assessments. The department must consult with the United States coast guard, potentially affected
federally recognized Indian treaty fishing tribes, other federally recognized treaty
tribes with potentially affected interests, and stakeholders to: Determine model
assumptions; develop scenarios to show the likely impacts of changes to model assumptions,
including potential changes in vessel traffic, commodities transported, and vessel
safety and risk reduction measures; and update the model periodically.
(2) Utilizing the model pursuant to subsection (1) of this section, the department
must quantitatively assess whether an emergency response towing vessel serving Haro
Strait, Boundary Pass, Rosario Strait, and connected navigable waterways will reduce
oil spill risk. The department must report its findings to the legislature by September 1, 2023.
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