Virginia Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil spills to state waters: Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 62.1-44.34:14 to 62.1-44.34:23

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Spill contingency plans for aboveground storage tanks (AST): 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 25-91-170

Tank vessel oil discharge contingency plans (ODCP): 9 VAC 25-101-40

Stormwater discharges from steam electric power generating facilities: 9 VAC 25-151-220

Special waste cleanup: 9 VAC 20-80-630

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Pollution Response Program

DEQ Petroleum Program

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (DEM)

Reporting an Oil Spill
During normal work hours call the number listed for the Pollution Response Program (PREP) for the DEQ Regional Office that covers the area where the incident occurred.
Southwest Regional Office: 276-676-4800
West Central Regional Office: 540-562-6700
South Central Regional Office: 434-582-5120
Valley Regional Office: 540-574-7800
Northern Regional Office 703-583-3800
Tidewater Regional Office: 757-518-2000
Piedmont Regional Office: 804-527-5020
On nights, holidays, and weekends, call DEM's 24-hour reporting number at 800-468-8892 (in-state calls only) and 804-674-2400 (out-of-state calls). Note: DEM staff will relay the information to on-call DEQ personnel.

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia generally follows the federal rules regarding oil spills. The discharge of oil into or upon state waters, lands, or storm drain systems is prohibited. A prohibited discharge of oil to state waters is one that either violates state water quality standards, or causes a film or sheen on the water surface. ...

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