Georgia Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Georgia Water Quality Control Act, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-5-20 to 12-5-53

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Georgia Oil and Gas and Deep Drilling Act of 1975, CGA 12-4-40 to 12-4-53

Oil or hazardous materials spills or releases reporting: CGA 12-14-1 to 12-14-4

Liability: CGA 12-5-51

Regulatory Agency

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Program Coordination Branch Emergency Response Program

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

To Report an Oil Spill (24-Hours):404-656-4300 (Atlanta area)800-241-4113 (Statewide)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Oil spills are reported and handled in accordance with the Georgia Water Quality Control Act, the Georgia Oil and Gas and Deep Drilling Act of 1975, and any other applicable federal, state, and municipal laws, ordinances, and regulations.

Georgia follows the federal rules relating to oil spills. Notification of any spill must be made immediately to EPD's Emergency Response Program. See the national section OIL SPILLS and the state section RELEASE NOTIFICATION for additional guidance on oil and hazardous substance spills.

Also, see the state section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for complete information on oil storage tank spill contingency planning.

Administration and enforcement. EPD's Emergency Response Program is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's oil spill reporting requirements.

State Requirements


CGA 12-14-1 to 12-14-4

Any person owning or having control over any oil or hazardous substance who has knowledge of any spill or release of such oil or who has knowledge of any ...

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