Minnesota Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Minnesota Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil definition: Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 115E.01

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Reporting requirements: MSA 115.061

Petroleum releases: MSA 115C.03

Tank release responsibility: MSA 115C.021

Responder immunity: MSA 115E.061

Spill jurisdiction: MSA 115E.08

Good Samaritan rule: MSA 115E.06

Regulatory Agencies

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Remediation Division Voluntary Investigation Cleanup and Emergency Response Section Emergency Response Team (ERT)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

TO REPORT A SPILL: Call the state duty officer at 651-649-5451 or toll-free at 800-422-0798

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Minnesota requires responsible parties to immediately report a spill, release, or overfill of oil on discovery of the spill, release, or overfill. The state has also established some immunity and responsibility exceptions to its reporting requirements. Minnesota generally follows federal requirements for reporting releases and spills of hazardous substances. See the state section RELEASE NOTIFICATION for more information.

Minnesota has also developed regulations requiring certain facilities to maintain state spill prevention and response plans in addition to EPA's federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan. See the state section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN and the national section OIL SPILLS for additional guidance.

The state's Petroleum Tank Release Cleanup Act provides a fund to assist with corrective action and remediation costs. Contact MPCA for additional information about this fund.

Administration and ...


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