Improving Mechanical Oil Spill Response Equipment Standards

In response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident, Congress enacted the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which established regulations for United States oil spill prevention, preparedness, response framework, and vessel and facility response plans. The Coast Guard and other members of the oil spill response community worked to quantify the effective daily recovery capacity (EDRC) needed to respond to various categories of oil spills. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 challenged the accuracy of the EDRC measuring system. Since then, the Coast Guard and other agencies have worked on a revision of EDRC to improve oil spill preparedness, looking to improve planning standards and methodology while emphasizing response time.


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  • Accession Number: 01525887
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 28 2014 3:22PM