New rules on oil spill response plans

Regulations partly implementing an international treaty on oil pollution emergency planning took effect on 15 May.1 And new curbs on oil discharges from shipping will come into force around the UK coast in August 1999.

The new regulations on oil pollution emergency plans implement part of the 1990 global Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation, introduced in response to the massive oil spill from the Exxon Valdez off Alaska a year earlier (ENDS Report 191, pp 36-37).

The regulations apply to harbour authorities with an annual turnover of over £1 million, other harbours and oil handling facilities able to accommod

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