26.10.01.03

.03 Report of Oil Spill or Discharge.

A. A person discharging or permitting the discharge of oil, or who either actively or passively participates in the discharge or spilling of oil, either from a land-based installation, including vehicles in transit, or from any vessel, ship, or boat of any kind, shall report the incident immediately to the Administration. He shall remain available until clearance to leave is given by the appropriate officials designated in §C(1) and (2) of this regulation.

B. The report of an oil spill or discharge shall be made to the Administration immediately, but not later than 2 hours after detection of the spill, and shall include:

(1) Time of discharge;

(2) Location of discharge;

(3) Mode of transportation or type of facility involved;

(4) Type and quantity of oil spilled;

(5) Assistance required;

(6) Name, address, and telephone number of the person making the report; and

(7) Any other pertinent information requested by the Administration.

C. The Department makes the following designation of its authority:

(1) A representative of the Department may grant permission either by telephone, or at the scene of the spill, for the person responsible for the spill to leave the scene;

(2) A representative of any Maryland emergency fire and rescue service or any State, county, or local police officer on the scene may grant clearance to leave the scene to the person responsible for an oil spill of less than 250 gallons without first giving notice to the Administration;

(3) A representative of any Maryland emergency fire and rescue service or any State, county, or local police officer on the scene may grant clearance to leave the scene to the person responsible for an oil spill greater than 250 gallons after the representative or police officer gives notice to and receives approval from the Administration.

D. Before release of the person responsible for the oil spill, the designated official shall obtain that person's name and address as well as information on how the spill occurred.

E. Ten working days after the removal and clean-up work has been completed, as required under Regulation .04A of this chapter, the person responsible for the spill shall prepare a completed written report of the occurrence and promptly submit the report to the Administration. The written report shall be on the Administration's "Report of Spill" form or shall be on company letterhead and include the following information:

(1) Date, time, and place of spill;

(2) Amount and type of oil spilled;

(3) A complete description of circumstances contributing to the spill;

(4) A complete description of containment, removal, and clean-up operations including disposal sites and costs of the operations;

(5) Procedures, methods, and precautions instituted to prevent recurrence of an oil spill from the facility involved;

(6) Any other information considered necessary or required by the Administration for a complete description of the spill incident; and

(7) A certification that the information provided is true and correct to the knowledge of the person signing the report.