The 1990 Oil Pollution Act (OPA), designed to prevent and control marine oil spills, may also result in expensive redundancy in offshore cleanup equipment. OPA requires owners or operators of tankers and facilities to develop and maintain response plans to contain and recover even a worst case spill. Those plans require approval by the U.S. Coast Guard, which can conduct unannounced drills to test the private spill response plans' deployment of personnel and equipment. COAST GUARD PROGRAM Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is expanding its own oil spill strike teams, which it uses when the private sectors' res...

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