Governing Law and Regulations
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. ...