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Oil Pollution Act Overview

The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) was signed into law in August 1990, largely in response to rising public concern following the Exxon Valdez incident. The OPA Oil Pollution Act improved the nation's ability to prevent and respond to oil spills by establishing provisions that expand the federal government's ability and provide the money and resources necessary to respond to oil spills. The OPA Oil Pollution Act also created the national Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which is available to provide up to one billion dollars per spill incident.

In addition, the OPA Oil Pollution Act provided new requirements for contingency planning both by government and industry. The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) has been expanded in a three-tiered approach: the Federal government is required to direct all public and private response efforts for certain types of spill events; Area Committees -- composed of federal, state, and local government officials -- must develop detailed, location-specific Area Contingency Plans; and owners or operators of vessels and certain facilities that pose a serious threat to the environment must prepare their own Facility Response Plans.

Finally, the OPA Oil Pollution Act increased penalties for regulatory noncompliance, broadened the response and enforcement authorities of the Federal government, and preserved State authority to establish law governing oil spill prevention and response.

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65 Gallon Overpack
30 Gallon Overpack
20 Gallon Overpack
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95 Gallon Overpack
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65 Gallon Overpack
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PAK135
30 Gallon Overpack
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absorbent boom
Oil Spill Pads
Oil Spill Kit
Simplex Boom for marinas,
inland waterways
Asborbent Booms for
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Sorbents Pads selectively
absorb oil not water
Spill Response Kit
for fast, spill response

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