Arizona Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Arizona Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Arizona Water Quality Control Law: Arizona Revised Statutes (AZ Rev. Stat.) 49-201 to 49-391

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Underground storage tanks (USTs): AZ Rev. Stat. 49-1001 to 49-1092, Arizona Administrative Code R (AZ Admin. Code R) 18-12-101 to 18-12-809

Spill reporting: AZ Admin. Code R 12-7-120

USTs: AZ Admin. Code R 18-12-234, AZ Admin. Code R 18-12-251, and AZ Admin. Code R 18-12-260

Regulatory Agencies

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Waste Programs Division Underground Storage Tank Section

ADEQ Water Quality Division

Arizona Geological Survey Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC)

Arizona State Fire Marshal's Office Fire Management Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Arizona generally follows the federal rules regarding prevention and response to oil spills. For additional guidance, see the national section OIL SPILLS. State law requires that each facility operator notify the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's (ADEQ) Emergency Response Unit within 24 hours of any oil spill at 602-771-2330 or toll free at 800-234-5677. Operators must notify the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC) within 24 hours of any fire, break, leak, spill, overflow, or blowout that occurs at any oil, gas, or geothermal drilling, producing, or transportation facility, or at any injection, disposal, or storage facility.

Arizona does not have a counterpart to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for guidance on the ...


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