Governing Law and Regulations
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) Division of Emergency and Remedial Response
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Ohio generally follows federal procedures for the reporting and response of oil spills, and has additional requirements for reportable quantities and release notification. For additional guidance, see the national sections OIL SPILL RESPONSE and SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN.
• Administration and enforcement. OEPA's Division of Emergency and Remedial Response is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's oil spill notification requirements.
The reportable quantity (RQ) for an oil spill is 25 gallons (gal). However, oil spills of any amount that create a "sheen" or discoloration on the surface or cause a sludge or emulsion to be deposited beneath navigable waters must be reported. An RQ for unrefined crude spills provides a 210-gal (or approximately 5 barrels) reporting threshold for unrefined crude spills on the land.
An owner or operator of a facility or vessel from which a release has occurred in any amount equal to or exceeding the RQ must provide both verbal and written notifications to OEPA.
Releases from facilities. In the case of a release of oil from any facility in Ohio, the owner or operator of the facility must make a verbal notification either in person, by radio, ...