Mystery Oil: Who Spilled It? The Work of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory

The U.S. Coast Guard often investigate "mystery spills", oil in the environment from no obvious source, to protect the environment from further damage and to identify the source of the spill. The Marine Safety Laboratory (MSL) is the Coast Guard's forensic laboratory for, among other things, oil spill source identification. MSL analysis is intended to serve as a powerful tool to aid Coast Guard pollution investigators in determining the source of mystery oil spills as mandated by federal laws. The MSL analysis provides the means to ascertain the responsibility for oil pollution; assess; and help recover federal pollution cleanup funds expended during an incident; and serves as a deterrent to deliberate oil pollution discharges.


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  • Accession Number: 01001501
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 29 2005 11:29AM