Oil Spills Prevention and Preparedness Regulations
One of EPA’s top priorities is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to oil spills that occur in and around inland waters of the United States. EPA is the lead federal response agency for oil spills occurring in inland waters. The U.S. Coast Guard is the lead response agency for spills in coastal waters and deepwater ports.
EPA’s oil spill prevention program includes the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) and the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rules. The SPCC rule helps facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. The FRP rule requires certain facilities to submit a response plan and prepare to respond to a worst case oil discharge or threat of a discharge.
Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule
Facility Response Plans (FRP)
Guidance and References
Webinars and Training
National Contingency Plan (NCP)
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Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rulemaking
On February 28, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing EPA and the Army for Civil Works to review the Clean Water Rule and publish a proposed rule for notice and comment rescinding or revising the rule. For more information, please see: Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rulemaking.
Hazardous Substances Spill Prevention
Bi-Annual Update #2 on EPA’s intention to initiate a rulemaking pursuant to CWA section 311(j)(l)(C) is now available.
A summary of input received during 3 public meetings is now available.
Water Resources Reform and Development Act
EPA published a study to determine the appropriate applicability threshold for farms, based on a significant risk of discharge to water.