California Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

California Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1990 (OSPRA), California Government Code (CGC) 8670.1 to 8670.73

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Overview: CGC 8670.25 and 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 790

Reporting procedures: CGC 8670.25.5

Contingency plans: CGC 8670.27

Certificates of financial responsibility (COFRs): 14 CCR 791 to 797

Liability: CGC 8670.56.5

Drills and exercises: 14 CCR 820.01 and 14 CCR 820.02

Oil spill cleaning agents (OSCAs): 14 CCR 884 to 886.4

OSCA application: 14 CCR 886.1

Regulatory Agencies

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR)

California Office of Emergency Services (OES)

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)

California State Lands Commission

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. California generally follows the federal requirements for dealing with oil spills and also has developed state-specific regulations to cover oil spills on water and land. The California Lempert-Kenne-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (OSPRA) provides the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (DFW) Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) with substantial authority to direct spill response, cleanup, and natural resource damage assessment activities. For more information about the federal requirements, see the national section OIL SPILL RESPONSE.

The OSPR also imposes liability for any spill on the transporter, operator, or owner of the oil involved in a spill. The OSPRA requires owners and operators to accept financial responsibility for oil ...


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