A measure aimed at upgrading Washington state's ability to response to oil spills has been approved by a Senate committee.
House Bill 1186 awaits action from the full Senate.
The Kitsap Sun says the bill increases civil fines for oil spills and requires oil tankers to have access to the latest oil-recovery technology that can operate in rough seas and at night. The industry would be required to upgrade the equipment and training provided to fishing vessels that help with oil cleanup.
One change to the bill involves calculating how fines are assessed. Other changes add details to requirements for training, equipment and contingency plans.
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The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill prompted the bill.