New Hampshire Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Hampshire Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil discharge or spillage into groundwater and surface water: New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 146-A:1 to 146-A:17

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Spill reporting: New Hampshire Regulations Environmental-Oil and Remediation Programs (NH Regs. Env-Or) 604.06

Emergency response actions: NH Regs. Env-Or 605.03

Aboveground storage tank (AST) leaks: NH Regs. Environmental-Waste Management (Env-Wm) 1402.29

Oil Discharge and Disposal Cleanup Fund: RSA 146-D:1 to 146-D:9

Fuel Oil Discharge Cleanup Fund: RSA 146-E:1 to 146-E:7

Regulatory Agencies

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) Waste Management Division Spill Response and Complaint Investigation Section

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

New Hampshire Fire Marshal's Office

New Hampshire State Police

Local fire departments

How to Report an Oil Spill
First, contact your local 911 responder or fire department. Second, call the DES Spill Response and Compliance Investigation Section at 603-271-3899 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or the State Police at 603-223-4381 (Weekends and evenings). For chemical or oil spills that impact surface water, contact the National Response Center at 800-424-8802.

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New Hampshire requires those responsible for an oil spill or those who have knowledge of an oil spill to notify DES and/or local authorities that a discharge has occurred.

New Hampshire also has incorporated by reference federal underground storage tank (UST) release reporting requirements under 40 CFR 280.50 to 280.53 for releases that cause a sheen on the water, any ...


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