Governing Law and Regulations
North Carolina Oil Pollution and Hazardous Substances Control Act (OPHSCA): General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 143-215.75 to N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.104
Definitions: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.77
Reporting requirements: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.85
Unlawful discharges: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.83(a)
Exceptions: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.83(b)
Permits: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.83(c)
Inspections: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.79
Oil terminals: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.96
Offshore discharges: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.94GG
Enforcement and liability: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.88A to 143-215.90
Site recording: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.85A
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Division of Waste Management
Department of Crime Control and Public Safety (DCCPS) Division of Emergency Management
| To report an environmental emergency,including for oil spills,contact DENR at 800-858-0368and the State Emergency Operations Centerat 800-858-0368 |
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. North Carolina's Oil Pollution and Hazardous Substances Control Act (OPHSCA) was enacted to control pollution caused by oil, oil products, oil by-products, and other hazardous substances discharged to state land and water. The OPHSCA requirements are in addition to the federal reporting requirements. Under the OPHSCA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) may enter a property to clean up releases, issue permits for discharges, recover cleanup costs expended by the state, and assess penalties against responsible persons ...