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

Third 15-Day Notice Regarding Proposed Changes to the Oil Spill Response Organization (OSRO) Ratings

October 10, 2018

The Office of Spill Prevention and Response is proposing to adopt additional changes to the proposed regulatory text of Sections 819 through 819.07, Title 14, California Code of Regulations, pertaining to ratings of Oil Spill Response Organizations (OSRO). The initial public notice was published in the California Regulatory Notice Register on December 29, 2017, OAL Notice File No. Z-2017-1219-12, was re-noticed for a 15-day comment period on May 22, 2018, and again on June 8, 2018.

This additional 15-day comment period allows for public comments exclusively on the revisions as illustrated on the attached text by double underline and shading for added text, and double strikethrough and shading for deleted text.

Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or email to:

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Office of Spill Prevention and Response
1700 K Street, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95811
Fax: (916) 324-5662
E-mail: OSPRRegulations@wildlife.ca.gov

The proposed revisions to the rulemaking file consist of the following documents:

Documents associated with the two previous comment periods, as well as the original notice can be found below.


Second 15-Day Notice Regarding Proposed Changes to the Oil Spill Response Organization (OSRO) Ratings

June 8, 2018

The Office of Spill Prevention and Response is proposing to adopt additional changes to the proposed regulatory text to Sections 819 through 819.07, Title 14, California Code of Regulations, pertaining to the Oil Spill Response Organization (OSRO) Ratings. The initial public notice was published in the California Regulatory Notice Register on December 19, 2017, OAL Notice File No. Z-2017-1219-12, and was re-noticed for a 15-day comment period on May 22, 2018.

This second 15-day comment period allows for public comments exclusively on the amended changes as illustrated on the attached text by bold, double underline, italics, and framed for added text, and double strikethrough, italics, and framed for deleted text. The sole revision made is to subsection 819.02(c)(2)(H).

Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018. Comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail as follows:

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Office of Spill Prevention and Response
1700 K Street, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95811
Fax: (916) 324-5662
E-mail: OSPRRegulations@wildlife.ca.gov

The proposed revisions to the rulemaking file consist of the following documents:

The comments and respective responses from the 45-day period, and the two 15-day continuation periods will be published with the Final Statement of Reasons (FSOR), around the time OSPR would adopt the revised regulations.

Documents associated with the first 15-day comment period, as well as the original notice can be found below. 


15-Day Notice Regarding Modifications to Oil Spill Response Organization Rating Criteria

May 22, 2018

OSPR proposes to amend Title 14, California Code of Regulations, sections 819 through 819.07. An Amended Initial Statement of Reasons has been prepared.

Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or email to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Office of Spill Prevention and Response
1700 K Street, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95811
Fax: (916) 324-5662
Email: OSPRRegulations@wildlife.ca.gov

The proposed revisions to the rulemaking file consist of the following documents:

Additional Documents Incorporated by Reference:

The rulemaking documents for the original notice can be found below.


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.

The written comment period closes at 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 Emergency Regulations

July 30, 2018
The Office of Administrative Law approved the readoption of the emergency regulations for another 12 months.

August 11, 2017
The Office of Administrative Law approved the readoption of the emergency regulations for another 12 months.

July 20, 2017
The Office of Administrative Law approved the readoption the emergency regulations for another 12 months.


Contact Information

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


Last update : 10/10/2018 3:27:24 PM