Delaware Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Delaware Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil discharge reporting: 7 Delaware Administrative Code (DE Admin Code) 1203

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Releases from underground storage tanks (USTs): 7 DE Admin Code 1351

Releases from used oil transporters: 7 DE Admin Code 1302.279.43

Regulatory Agency

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances Emergency Prevention and Response Branch

For emergency release notification, contactDNREC's Emergency Prevention and Response Branch DNREC Release Reporting Hotline800-662-8802 (24 hours)302-739-5072 (business hours) National Response Center (NRC)800-424-8802 (24 hours)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Delaware's oil spill response rules generally parallel federal standards. Delaware's pollution control rules include leak detection standards as a safeguard to preventing spills, releases, and unnecessary contamination. See the national section LEAK DETECTION for a review of general and federal leak detection requirements.

Delaware follows and incorporates the federal release reporting rules and adds additional state requirements. In the event of a reportable release, facility personnel should call the National Response Center (NRC), as well as the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). The state defines a "petroleum substance" as "oil of any kind or in any form, including but not limited to petroleum, fuel oil, sludge, oil refuse, and oil mixed with wastes other than dredged soil."

Administration and enforcement. The DNREC administers and enforces the rules in Delaware regarding oil ...


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