Laws, Regulations & Directives



National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan

The NRT is established under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) (40 CFR Part 300, Electronic Code of Federal Regulations).

NRT Guidance and Factsheets

Integrated Contingency Plan or "One Plan" Guidance
The Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP), also referred to as "One Plan" guidance, is a resource for consolidating numerous regulations and multiple emergency response plans concerning releases of oil and nonradiological hazardous substances into one functional plan.

"One Plan" Presentation (1996)
Powerpoint presentation defining "One Plan" guidance, explaining its function, and providing resources to obtain "One Plan" guidance.

"One Plan" Guidance Factsheet (1998)
Summarizes the purpose of the NRT's Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP) Guidance, where "One Plan" Guidance can be found, and what regulations it incorporates.

Considering Preparing an Integrated Contingency Plan for Your Facility (2001)
Expands on the 1998 "One Plan" factsheet. Directed at facility managers to help them identify the necessary steps in preparing an Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP) for their facility.

Applicability of Clean Air Act Ambient Air Quality Regulations to the In-Situ Burning of Oils Spills (1995)
Provides an overview of National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and briefly discusses how such provisions may affect the use of In-Situ Burning (ISB). Identifies relevant local contacts with which to consult.

External Web Links

Navigable Waters Protection Rule (“Waters of the United States") (EPA)

On October 22, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army published a final rule to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule: Definition of "Waters of the United States" ("2015 Rule"), which amended portions of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and to restore the regulatory text that existed prior to the 2015 Rule. The final rule became effective on December 23, 2019. The agencies are implementing the pre-2015 Rule regulations informed by applicable agency guidance documents and consistent with Supreme Court decisions and longstanding agency practice. The website includes a webinarfactsheetsrule documents and other information.

Oil Spill Removal Organization Guidelines (2019 edition) (USCG)
Section 311(j) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), amended by section 4202 of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), requires the preparation and submission of response plans by the owners or operators of certain oil-handling facilities and for all vessels defined as “tank and non-tank vessels” (hereafter referred to as plan holders). Plan holders, through their response plans, must address the extremely complex system for assembling, mobilizing and controlling response resources to maintain statutory compliance as well as being prepared to respond to oil spills within their area of operation. Plan holders are required to submit a response plan to the Coast Guard that identifies and ensures, by contract or other approved means, the availability of response resources (personnel and equipment) necessary to remove, to the maximum extent practicable, a worst case discharge (WCD), including a discharge resulting from fire or explosion, and to mitigate or prevent a substantial threat of such a discharge. To relieve the burden upon the plan holders to provide extensive detailed lists of response resources, the Coast Guard created the Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) classification program, administered by the National Strike Force Coordination Center (NSFCC), so that plan holders would only be required to identify the OSROs by name in their response plans. If the OSRO is classified by the Coast Guard, it means its capacity has been determined to equal or exceed the response capability needed by the plan holder for regulatory compliance, see Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 154.1035 and § 155.1035.


*The document may also be found at -> Environmental -> Vessel Response Plan Program -> What's New?

Compliance Guidelines and Recommendations for Process Safety Management (OSHA)
This appendix (29 CFR 19010.119 Appendix C) serves as a nonmandatory guideline to assist employers and employees in complying with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.119, as well as, provides other helpful recommendations and information.


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