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Oil Spill Response Organization (OSRO) Ratings (Sections 819 – 819.07)

Proposed Rulemaking to Amend Oil Spill Response Organization Rating Criteria

December 29, 2017

The Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is proposing to amend/adopt regulations regarding the ratings of Oil Spill Response Organizations in sections 819 through 819.07, Title 14, California Code of Regulations. Pursuant to statutory changes created by Senate Bill 861, the proposed Oil Spill Response Organizations regulations set forth the criteria for oil spill cleanup contractors to be rated by the Administrator of OSPR for providing oil spill cleanup capabilities in all surface waters.

The Office of Administrative Law approved emergency regulations for this purpose, however, as emergency regulations they did not go through the formal comment process. These regulations were later readopted and will expire on August 7, 2018. OSPR is now initiating this regular rulemaking action to make these emergency regulations permanent. In accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, OSPR provided notice of the proposed regulatory action to the Office of Administrative Law for publication in the California Regulatory Notice Register on December 29, 2017. The public notice begins a 45-day review process during which interested persons may comment on the proposed rulemaking.

Two public hearings have been scheduled as follows:

Date & Time:  Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:  In the auditorium of the Natural Resources Building
                1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Date & Time:  Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Associated Builders & Contractors
                19466 Flight Path Way, Bakersfield, CA 93308

Both facilities are wheelchair accessible.  At the public hearings, any person may present statements or arguments, orally or in writing, relevant to the proposed action described in the Initial Statement of Reasons.  The purpose of the hearings is to receive public testimony, not to engage in debate or discussion.

Written comments are welcomed and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 22, 2018. Comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail as follows:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Office of Spill Prevention and Response
Attn: Regulations Unit
1700 K Street, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95811

Fax: (916) 324-5662

Email: OSPRRegulations@wildlife.ca.gov

The current rulemaking file for this proposed action consists of the following documents:


Readoption of Inland Facility Emergency Regulations

August 11, 2017
The Office of Administrative Law has approved the readoption of the following emergency regulations. These regulations are valid for another 12 months.

Proposed Readoption of Inland Facility Emergency Regulations

July 20, 2017
The Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is proposing to readopt the emergency regulations filed with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) in September and October of 2016. The public comment period closed on August 1, 2017. The current rulemaking file consists of the following documents:


Contact Information

Christine Kluge
Email: Christine.Kluge@wildlife.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 327-0910


Last update : 4/23/2018 4:10:22 PM