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Record No: CB 119607    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119607
Type: Council Bill (CB) Status: In Committee
Current Controlling Legislative Body Sustainability and Transportation Committee
On agenda: 8/16/2019
Ordinance No:
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to heating oil; imposing a tax on heating oil service providers; directing the expenditure of heating oil tax revenues; directing relevant City departments to create a plan for regulating the use of heating oil tanks; adding a new Chapter 5.47 to the Seattle Municipal Code; and amending Sections 5.30.010, 5.30.060, 5.55.010, 5.55.040, 5.55.060, 5.55.150, 5.55.165, 5.55.220, 5.55.230, and 6.208.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Mike O'Brien
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Summary Ex 1 - Revenue and Expense Projections, 3. Presentation
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to heating oil; imposing a tax on heating oil service providers; directing the expenditure of heating oil tax revenues; directing relevant City departments to create a plan for regulating the use of heating oil tanks; adding a new Chapter 5.47 to the Seattle Municipal Code; and amending Sections 5.30.010, 5.30.060, 5.55.010, 5.55.040, 5.55.060, 5.55.150, 5.55.165, 5.55.220, 5.55.230, and 6.208.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, The City of Seattle has a goal to become a carbon-neutral city by 2050 and has adopted a strategy for achieving this goal through Resolution 31447, adopting the 2013 Seattle Climate Action Plan; and
WHEREAS, as part of its 2013 Seattle Climate Action Plan, the City set a 2030 goal for reducing emissions from residential buildings by 32 percent from 2008 levels; and
WHEREAS, emissions tracking from 2008 to 2016 through a citywide greenhouse gas inventory shows the City is not currently on track in per-year carbon emission reductions to meet these targets; and
WHEREAS, the use of heating oil in the City emits carbon pollution that would be substantially lessened if heating oil users converted from oil-fired heating systems to electric systems; and
WHEREAS, most underground heating oil tanks are well beyond their useful life, posing an environmental hazard to soil, surface water, groundwater and property as a result of leaking tanks; and
WHEREAS, the Washington State Pollution Liability Protection Act (chapter 70.149 RCW) protects tank owners from the financial hardship related to damaged heating oil tanks and expires July 1, 2030; and
WHEREAS, to reduce future hazards of heating oil tank leaks, The City of Seattle intends to develop a plan to regulate heating oil tanks that will require owners to decommission or replace with a modern tank by December 31, 2028; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle intends to exercise its taxi...

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