Governing Law and Regulations
Oil spill response: Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) 22a-450
Spill definition: CGS 22a-452c
Cleanup assistance immunity: CGS 22a-457b
Oil spill containment in the lower Connecticut River area: CGS 25-102t
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. In addition to the federal regulations regarding oil spills, Connecticut requires that all spills that pose a potential threat to human health and the environment, regardless of size, be reported immediately to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
Certain facilities must develop and implement oil spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plans to help avert oil spills from reaching surface waters. See the national sections OIL SPILLS and SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for prevention and response plan guidance. Also, see the state sections RELEASE NOTIFICATION and UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS for state rules concerning UST and other release reporting requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. DEEP's Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Division protects the public and the environment from emergencies resulting from oil spills, develops and coordinates oil spill contingency plans for emergency situations, maintains the 24-hour statewide emergency response capability, coordinates supervisory cleanup mitigation activities, and contracts and funds the emergency cleanup of ...