Kentucky Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kentucky Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Reporting procedures: Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.01-400(11) and KRS 224.01-400(12)

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Verbal notification: KRS 224.01-400(11)

Written report: KRS 224.01-400(12)

Environmental response team oversight: KRS 224.01-400(14)

Regulatory Agency

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Environmental Response Team (ERT)

DEP Division of Waste Management

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Kentucky's rules for spills of oil and petroleum products include the federal rules and the state's additional release notification requirements. The state follows the federal rules covering releases of petroleum products from Underground Storage Tanks (USTs). See the state sections RELEASE NOTIFICATION, SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN, and UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS for additional guidance.

Administration and enforcement. Oil spills must be immediately reported to DEP's ERT. DEP's Division of Waste Management administers and enforces the state's oil spill cleanup and remediation rules.

State Requirements


KRS 224.01-400(11) and KRS 224.01-400(12)

Any person possessing or controlling petroleum or a petroleum product is responsible for notifying ERT immediately of any release or threatened release of:

  • Petroleum spills of 25 gallons (gal) or more in a 24-hour period (other than diesel fuel)
  • Diesel fuel in an amount of 75 gal or more in a 24-hour period
  • Petroleum spills that violate the federal Clean Water Act (i.e., the spills that exceed the state water quality standards; cause a film or sheen, or ...

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