Legislature passes Angel bill raising awareness of heating-oil tank insurance

Sen. Angel in committee

The Legislature has approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Jan Angel to raise awareness of an insurance program for residential heating-oil tanks.

The bill 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.

Angel, R-Port Orchard, said the bill would help people who are looking to buy a home that uses heating oil.

“If homeowners are aware of the program offered by the PLIA, they can benefit from the coverage it provides,” said Angel, who added a homeowner needs to sign up for the insurance within a certain timeframe.

The House of Representatives voted 97-0 Thursday night to pass Senate Bill 6462. The Senate OK’d the measure 47-0 in February.

SB 6462 now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for final consideration. If the bill is signed into law, it would go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.