North Carolina Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

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

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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

Regulatory Agencies

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 ...

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