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Temporary Suspension of Certain Oil Spill Response Time Requirements to Support Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response

Summary

This joint Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) temporary interim rule will suspend oil spill response time requirements, and certain identification and location requirements, for facilities and vessels whose response resources are relocated in support of the Deepwater Horizon SONS response.

By providing oil spill removal organizations (OSROs), and facilities and vessels with their own response resources, with the temporary opportunity to relocate response resources from current locations to the Gulf of Mexico, this rule directly assists in the urgently needed immediate relocation of nationwide oil spill response resources to the Gulf of Mexico to aid in the response to the Deepwater Horizon SONS.

The rule also provides notice that the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon SONS has requested the Armed Forces to relocate Armed Forces oil spill response resources, in particular those of the Navy, from their current locations to the Gulf of Mexico to aid in the response to the Deepwater Horizon SONS.

Effective Date: This rule is effective from June 30, 2010 through December 31, 2010.

Comment Period

The comment period on this rule closed on August 16, 2010. View the rule, additional supporting documents and posted comments at regulations.gov. Reference Docket # USCG-2010-0592.

Supporting Documents

Memorandum for the Record: Developing Alternative Arrangements to Meet National Environmental Policy Act Requirements for Issuing and Implementing the Emergency Temporary Interim Rule. (PDF, 4 pages - 193 KB)

Alternative Arrangements for NEPA concerning the "Temporary Suspension of Certain Oil Spill Response Time Requirements to Support Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response" federal rule published 30 June 2010. (PDF, 10 pages - 80 KB)

Letter from DHS Under Secretary for Management, Mr. Rafael Borras to Council on Environmental Quality Chair, Ms. Nancy Sutley, requesting alternative arrangements for NEPA, dated 6 July 2010. (PDF, 4 pages - 225 KB)

Letter from Council on Environmental Quality Chair, Ms. Nancy Sutley, to DHS Under Secretary for Management, Mr. Rafael Borras approving alternative arrangements for NEPA, dated 12 July 2010. (PDF, 1 page - 143 KB)

Environmental Assessment for Code of Federal Regulation 33, part 154 for Facility Response Plans, dated 30 September 1992. (PDF, 32 pages - 1.73 MB)

Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Code of Federal Regulations 33, part 155, dated 29 November 1992. (PDF, 22 pages - 1.01 MB)

USCG Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Vessel and Facility Response Plans for Oil: 2003 Removal Equipment Requirements and Alternative Technology Revisions, dated 18 June 2009. (PDF, 951 pages - 6.95 MB)

Public Notice List for NEPA Compliance Associated with the Issuance of the Emergency Temporary Interim Rule (ETIR)- Temporary Suspension of Certain Oil Spill Response Time Requirements to Support Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill of National Significance (SONS) Response. (PDF, 8 pages - 202 KB)

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