Governing Law and Regulations
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. In addition to the requirements established under the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan rules governing oil spills, Oregon has added its own spill prevention and response plan (contingency plan) requirements, which in many respects are more stringent than the federal plan. In some cases, all or portions of the state contingency plan may be used to satisfy the federal SPCC plan requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Water Quality Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's oil spill contingency plan rules. EPA Region 10 enforces the federal SPCC plan requirements in Oregon.