noxious liquid substance

(B)The Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating may issue regulations which require an owner or operator of a tank vessel, a nontank vessel, or a facility described in subparagraph (C) that transfers noxious liquid substances in bulk to or from a vessel to prepare and submit to the Secretary a plan for responding, to the maximum extent practicable, to a worst case discharge, and to a substantial threat of such a discharge, of a noxious liquid substance that is not designated as a hazardous substance or regulated as oil in any other law or regulation. For purposes of this paragraph, the term “noxious liquid substance” has the same meaning when that term is used in the MARPOL Protocol described in section 1901(a)(3) of this title. (C)The tank vessels, nontank vessels, and facilities referred to in subparagraphs (A) and (B) are the following: (i)A tank vessel, as defined undersection 2101 of title 46. (ii)A nontank vessel. (iii)An offshore facility. (iv)An onshore facility that, because of its location, could reasonably be expected to cause substantial harm to the environment by discharging into or on the navigable waters, adjoining shorelines, or the exclusive economic zone. (D)A response plan required under this paragraph shall— (i)be consistent with the requirements of the National Contingency Plan and Area Contingency Plans; (ii)identify the qualified individual having full authority to implement removal actions, and require immediate communications between that individual and the appropriate Federal official and the persons providing personnel and equipment pursuant to clause (iii); (iii)identify, and ensure by contract or other means approved by the President the availability of, private personnel and equipment necessary to remove to the maximum extent practicable a worst case discharge (including a discharge resulting from fire or explosion), and to mitigate or prevent a substantial threat of such a discharge; (iv)describe the training, equipment testing, periodic unannounced drills, and response actions of persons on the vessel or at the facility, to be carried out under the plan to ensure the safety of the vessel or facility and to mitigate or prevent the discharge, or the substantial threat of a discharge; (v)be updated periodically; and (vi)be resubmitted for approval of each significant change. (E)With respect to any response plan submitted under this paragraph for an onshore facility that, because of its location, could reasonably be expected to cause significant and substantial harm to the environment by discharging into or on the navigable waters or adjoining shorelines or the exclusive economic zone, and with respect to each response plan submitted under this paragraph for a tank vessel, nontank vessel, or offshore facility, the President shall— (i)promptly review such response plan; (ii)require amendments to any plan that does not meet the requirements of this paragraph; (iii)approve any plan that meets the requirements of this paragraph; (iv)review each plan periodically thereafter; and (v)in the case of a plan for a nontank vessel, consider any applicable State-mandated response plan in effect on, and ensure consistency to the extent practicable. (F)A tank vessel, nontank vessel, offshore facility, or onshore facility required to prepare a response plan under this subsection may not handle, store, or transport oil unless— (i)in the case of a tank vessel, nontank vessel, offshore facility, or onshore facility for which a response plan is reviewed by the President under subparagraph (E), the plan has been approved by the President; and (ii)the vessel or facility is operating in compliance with the plan. (G)Notwithstanding subparagraph (E), the President may authorize a tank vessel, nontank vessel, offshore facility, or onshore facility to operate without a response plan approved under this paragraph, until not later than 2 years after the date of the submission to the President of a plan for the tank vessel, nontank vessel, or facility, if the owner or operator certifies that the owner or operator has ensured by contract or other means approved by the President the availability of private personnel and equipment necessary to respond, to the maximum extent practicable, to a worst case discharge or a substantial threat of such a discharge. (H)The owner or operator of a tank vessel, nontank vessel, offshore facility, or onshore facility may not claim as a defense to liability under title I of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 [33 U.S.C. 2701et seq.] that the owner or operator was acting in accordance with an approved response plan. (I)The Secretary shall maintain, in the Vessel Identification System established underthe dates of approval and review of a response plan under this paragraph for each tank vessel and nontank vessel that is a vessel of the United States.

Source

33 USC § 1321(j)(5)(B)


Scoping language

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