Oil Discharge Reporting Requirements
If a facility or vessel discharges oil to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines, the owner/operator is required to follow certain federal reporting requirements. These requirements are found in two EPA regulations – 40 CFR part 110 (Discharge of Oil regulation) and 40 CFR part 112 (Oil Pollution Prevention regulation). The Discharge of Oil regulation provides the framework for determining whether an oil discharge to inland and coastal waters or adjoining shorelines should be reported to the National Response Center.
The Oil Pollution Prevention regulation, part of which is commonly referred to as the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule, identifies certain types of discharges from regulated facilities that also need to be reported to EPA. Although these reporting requirements were not changed by EPA’s recent modifications of the SPCC rule, this fact sheet will help facilities with the Reportable Discharge History criterion associated with the qualified facility option and the oil-filled operational equipment option offered in the recent SPCC modifications.
View the fact sheet for more information on these reporting requirements.