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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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 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. ...