WATCHING WASHINGTON OIL SPILL OVERKILL

With Patrick Crow 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.

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