Georgia Release Notification regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Release Notification: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil spills: Georgia Oil or Hazardous Materials Spills or Release Act, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-14-1 to 12-14-4

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Releases into state waters:

Publicly owned treatment works (POTWs): Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 391-3-6-.05 to 391-3-6-.06

Effluent limitations: GRR 391-3-6-.05(4)

Regulatory Agency

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division (EPD)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Georgia has adopted the federal rules for notifying authorities about releases including air emissions, hazardous substances, hazardous materials, hazardous wastes, and underground storage tanks releases, as explained in the national section RELEASE NOTIFICATION. The state has its own rules for reporting oil spills and releases into state waters.

Georgia's Superfund law, the Hazardous Site Response Act (HSRA), requires any landowner aware of contamination concentrations above the established reportable quantities must notify the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Environmental Protection Division (EPD) within 30 days of the knowledge of such contamination. See the state section SUPERFUND for details.

Administration and enforcement. The EPD administers and enforces the state's release notification requirements for oil spills and releases into state waters.

State Requirements


CGA 12-14-1 to 12-14-4

Any person owning or having control over any oil or hazardous substance who has knowledge of any spill or release of such oil or who has knowledge of any spill or release of such hazardous substance in a ...

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Georgia Release Notification Resources

Type Title
Checklists CERCLA Release Reporting Checklist
Forms Spill/Release Report Form
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