Frequent Questions

What is included in the written commitment of resources?

Instead of providing secondary containment for qualified oil-filled operational equipment, an owner or operator may prepare an oil spill contingency plan and a written commitment of manpower, equipment, and materials to quickly control and remove discharged oil.  He/she must also have an inspection or monitoring program for the equipment to detect a failure and/or discharge.  What is included in the written commitment of resources?

A written commitment of resources ensures that facilities are able to implement the oil spill contingency plan once a discharge has been detected.  An owner/operator must provide a written commitment of manpower, equipment, and materials to quickly control and remove any quantity of oil discharged that may be harmful.  The elements of the written commitment are also included in 40 CFR 109.5, and ensure that facilities are able to implement the contingency plan once a discharge has been detected.

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