If you heat with oil, new law created by Angel bill may be for you

Recent and potential homebuyers in Kitsap County and other parts of Washington whose homes use heating oil can benefit from a new law sponsored by 26th District Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard.

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday signed Angel’s bill that raises awareness of an insurance program for residential heating-oil tanks.

Senate Bill 6462 helps make residential homebuyers aware of the Washington Pollution Liability Insurance Agency’s Residential Heating Oil Insurance Program, which provides insurance coverage at no cost to owners of active heating-oil tanks. The program provides up to $60,000 of insurance coverage for cleaning up contamination caused by a leak from a heating-oil tank. Nearly 58,000 homes are registered with the program. People can register for the PLIA’s heating oil insurance program by calling (800) 822-3905 or (360) 407-0520, or by visiting the PLIA’s website at www.plia.wa.gov.

“There are many Kitsap County homes that use oil tanks for heat, so this new law can help people who just bought or are looking to buy a home heated by oil. By knowing about this program, homeowners can benefit from the coverage it provides,” said Angel, who noted that a homeowner needs to sign up for the insurance within a certain timeframe.

SB 6462, which was passed unanimously by the Legislature, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.