Chapter 14.10


14.10.010    General requirements.

14.10.020    Equipment.

14.10.030    Fueling and defueling procedures.

14.10.040    Spill procedures.

14.10.010 General requirements.

A. All tenants or operators at the airport who provide fuel service or who self-fuel must comply with the conditions prescribed in this chapter.

B. Routes for fueling equipment and fueling points will be designated by the Airport Manager.

C. All persons with bulk storage fuel or oil products in containers with capacities of 55 gallons or greater must provide to the Airport Manager:

1. A tabulated inventory of all tanks listing the maximum storage capacity, type of liquid stored, type of tank(s), and a description of the secondary containment for each tank, and

2. A site plan showing the location of the storage tanks.

D. Persons engaged in fueling, defueling, loading, or transporting fuel or contaminants shall exercise care to prevent spillage of fuel, oil, or other harmful or contaminating substances.

E. Personnel handling fuel on behalf of an employer must be trained annually in fire safety procedures and be so certified by a local fire department. Certification must be provided upon application for authorization and annually within 10 days of the anniversary of vehicle use authorization.

F. Personnel handling fuel on behalf of an employer must be trained annually in hazardous materials handling, spill prevention, and cleanup procedures and so certified by a recognized qualified agency. Certification must be renewed annually and kept current.

G. Airport Manager may establish additional regulations for fueling and defueling including, but not limited to, procedures, annual fees for vehicle use authorization, and fuel flowage fees. The Airport Manager may retract authorization to fuel or defuel at the airport if the operator incurs any violation of the provisions of this title or fails to abide by and fully comply with procedures established by the Airport Manager.

H. Storage of fuel for self-fueling shall be in accordance with City, County, State, and federal codes, standards, ordinances, and laws.

I. Any person handling fuel at the airport shall indemnify, defend, and save the City, its authorized agents, officers, representatives, and employees, harmless from and against any and all actions, penalties, liability, claims, demands, damages, or loss resulting from claims or court actions, whether civil, criminal, or in equity, and arising directly or indirectly out of acts or damages associated with or resulting from self-fueling. Self-fueling operations are subject to Chapter 14.04 SMC. [Ord. 2016-14 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016.]

14.10.020 Equipment.

A. Fuel distributing, defueling, and all other bulk oil storage or handling equipment shall be of an approved type, shall be well maintained in a safe and nonleaking condition, and may be subject to inspection under regulations established by the Airport Manager. The Airport Manager may develop and enforce specific requirements for this equipment, including fuel/oil tenders. Fuel/oil tenders shall be frequently inspected and in condition to pass the standards of the National Board of Fire Underwriters and the FAA Air Carrier Division inspections regarding water, accumulation of other foreign matter in the fuel, leakage of fuel lines, static grounding equipment, pumps, location, and condition of mufflers, fire extinguishers, lights, brakes, and other necessary equipment used for servicing aircraft. Nondestructive integrity testing of all shop fuel and oil containers shall be performed by a licensed tank inspector at a minimum of every 10 years, and a copy of the inspection shall be provided to the Airport Manager. Fire extinguishers shall be carried on all fueling equipment and shall be within ready reach of all persons engaged in fueling or defueling operations. These extinguishers shall be filled and in a good operating condition.

B. Vehicle operators must have proof of a valid Washington State driver’s license.

C. Fuel/oil tenders must meet all fuel vehicle standards required for licensing by the State of Washington. A copy of a valid State of Washington fuel/oil tender license must be submitted upon request.

D. Fuel/oil tenders must be inspected every six months by a local fire department and must be evaluated as “satisfactory” on each inspection item on a form to be provided by the Airport Manager. Any items evaluated as “unsatisfactory” must be remedied and the vehicle reinspected, and no fuel vehicle shall be permitted to resume transportation and storage until all inspection items achieve a “satisfactory” evaluation.

E. Fuel/oil tenders must be stored outside of any structure and kept locked when not in use by the authorized operator.

F. Any person who owns or operates a fuel/oil tender at the airport must provide and maintain a bond for fire or hazardous spill incidents in an amount prescribed by the Airport Manager. A copy of the bond must be provided to the Airport Manager prior to use of the fuel/oil tender at the airport. In addition to the above-referenced bond, the operator must agree to defend, indemnify, and hold the City, its employees, elected officials, contractors, subcontractors, and agents harmless for any claims, demands, judgments, and damages to persons or property, and groundwater, arising out of its fueling operations, including “response costs” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. § 9601 et al., if applicable, and remedial action costs under the Model Toxics Control Act, Chapter 70.105D RCW, and its implementing regulations at Chapter 173-340 WAC.

G. Any owner or operator of a fuel/oil tender used at the airport must provide annual certification of accident and fire insurance, including identification by the naming of the City as an additional insured in the amount of $2,000,000 or as prescribed by the Airport Manager, whichever is greater. [Ord. 2016-14 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016.]

14.10.030 Fueling and defueling procedures.

A. No aircraft shall be fueled inside a hangar. Aircraft being fueled shall be positioned so that fuel tank openings or fuel vents are no closer than 25 feet from any airport building (other than FBO’s fuel dispensing structure).

B. During fueling and defueling operations, the aircraft and all fuel dispensing apparatus shall be grounded to a point, or points, of zero electrical potential. Fuel nozzles, hoses, and funnels used during fueling or defueling shall also be grounded. No person shall use any material during fueling or defueling that may cause a static discharge.

C. When backing fuel/oil tenders, a signal person must be available to guide the driver. The driver must remain in the vehicle cab and is forbidden to stand on the running board or fender while backing. Fuel/oil tenders will at no time be blocked or so positioned as to prevent a rapid removal of such tender.

D. Aircraft radios and electrical apparatus shall be off during fueling and defueling aircraft.

E. During fueling and defueling operations, care shall be taken to prevent overflow of fuel. If such spillage occurs, it is the responsibility of the persons or company causing the overflow to clean the area immediately. If damage occurs from such spillage, the Airport Manager may require the offending person or his or her employer to pay for repair of said damage. No aircraft engine shall be started when there is fuel on the ground under said aircraft.

F. No aircraft may be fueled or defueled while an engine is running nor while being warmed by applications of exterior heat.

G. No person may start or run an engine of any aircraft when there is any volatile liquid spillage on the ground under or around the aircraft.

H. No person may smoke, light matches, use aircraft radios or any electrical apparatus or spark-producing equipment or object within 50 feet of any aircraft being fueled or defueled.

I. Fueling and defueling of aircraft requiring a loading ramp may be done with passengers aboard only when the loading ramp is in position, the cabin door is open, and at least two crew attendants are inside the aircraft at or near the cabin door.

J. Enplaning and deplaning of passengers during fueling operations is allowed only when offside underwing refuelers are being used and is expressly prohibited when over-the-wing fueling is in progress.

K. Fuel/oil tender operators must have a spill prevention, containment, and cleanup manual on or in the vehicle at all times. In addition, the operator shall maintain a small spill preparedness kit. [Ord. 2016-14 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016.]

14.10.040 Spill procedures.

A. All fuel and oil handling personnel shall comply with the airport’s spill prevention, control and countermeasures (“SPCC”) plan available at the Airport Manager’s office. All airport tenants with an aggregate fuel or oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons (including all containers with a storage capacity of 55 gallons or greater) shall prepare an SPCC plan specific to their operations. The SPCC plan must be prepared in accordance with the requirements of the federal government, 40 CFR 112. With approval and inspection by the Airport Manager, the airport tenants, who are required to have an individual SPCC plan, may adopt the airport SPCC plan by reference and have a copy of the airport SPCC plan located in their office. If adopted by the airport tenant, the tenant must provide a written letter to the Airport Manager stating that the airport’s SPCC plan has full approval of the management at a level of authority to commit the necessary resources to fully implement the SPCC plan as it pertains to the tenant’s operations. This letter must also include the on-site tenant manager responsible for SPCC compliance and 24-hour contact information. A copy of this letter must accompany the tenants SPCC plan and also be located in the tenant’s office.

B. Persons responsible for spillage of any fuel, oil, or other harmful or contaminating substances shall immediately report such spillage to the Airport Manager.

C. Persons responsible for spillage of fuel, oil, or other harmful or contaminating substances on paved areas shall immediately cover it with an approved absorbent sufficient to absorb all liquid after which the area shall be swept clean to the satisfaction of the Airport Manager. In the event this action is not taken, airport equipment and personnel will remove the substance or contract for its removal, and the person(s) responsible for the spill shall be required to pay an appropriate fee sufficient to reimburse the City for this work and/or repair of damages.

D. In the event of a spill, the operator shall comply with all applicable federal, State, and local laws governing such incidents. [Ord. 2016-14 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016.]