The Oil Production Act of 1990 (OPA) By: Jonathan Fuller P.2 Description • The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 a.k.a. OPA • A trust fund financed by a tax on oil is available to clean up spills when the responsible party is incapable or unwilling to do so. • National Act • Drafted 1900 and hasn’t been ammended Description • Purpose: To establish limitations on liability for damages resulting from oil pollution, to establish a fund for the payment of compensation, for such damages and for other purposes. • Basically it strengthened EPA’s ability to prevent and respond to catastrophic oil spills. Regulation • The OPA requires oil storage facilities and vessels to submit to the Federal government plans detailing how they will respond to large discharges. • EPA has published regulations for aboveground storage facilities; the Coast Guard has done so for oil tankers.
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