EPA Seeks Comments on Published Rule Changes for Oil Dispersants
The Environmental Protection Agency has published changes to National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan requirements in an effort to improve oil-spill planning and response. Comments are due by 22 April 2015. Entities potentially affected by this proposed rule include, among others, oil and gas extraction industries.
Among other things, the proposed changes include new and revised product toxicity and efficacy test methodologies for dispersants and other chemical/biological agents, new toxicity and efficacy criteria for listing agents, new human health and safety information requirements from manufacturers, revised area planning requirements for use authorization of chemical/biological agents, and new dispersant monitoring requirements when used on certain oil discharges. The Council on Environmental Quality first published the National Oil and Hazardous Materials Pollution Contingency Plan in 1970.