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Vessel and Facility Response Plans for Oil: 2003 Removal Equipment Requirements and Alternative Technology Revisions

The Coast Guard is proposing changes to its requirements for oil-spill removal equipment under vessel response plans and marine transportation-related facility response plans. These changes would increase the minimum available spill removal equipment required for tank vessels and facilities, add requirements for new response technologies, and clarify methods and procedures for responding to oil spills in coastal waters. The proposed changes deal primarily with in-situ burn and dispersant use, and are very extensive. If your oil spill response plan contemplates the use of either of these response technologies, you should down load the entire proposed rulemaking now available on RCP’s website here for review.

DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Docket Management Facility (docket USCG-2001-8661), on or before January 9, 2003. Comments sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on collection of information must reach OMB on or before January 9, 2003. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this proposed rulemaking, call or e-mail Mr. Robert Pond, G-MOR, Coast Guard, at telephone 202-267-6603, or

Note: While this proposed rule does not apply directly to DOT pipeline OPA-90 plans, it is likely that the DOT will enforce similar requirements for in-situ burn and dispersant use as the USCG, even if they do not officially modify their regulations.