WATCHING WASHINGTON TANKER OWNERS' SPILL RESPONSE

Just before a Feb. 18 deadline, the U.S. Coast Guard said tanker owners had filed more than 1,000 oil spill response plans for their vessels. The 1990 Oil Pollution Act (OPA) required tanker operators to file the plans to show how they would contain and clean up oil spills from their vessels. They must be able to fulfill the details of those plans by Aug. 18. Adm. Arthur Henn, chief of the Coast Guard's marine safety, security, and environmental protection office, testified on the issue at

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