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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AA13 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Tank Vessel Response Plans for Hazardous Substances 
Abstract: This project would implement provisions of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 that require an owner or operator of a tank vessel carrying bulk hazardous substances to develop and submit to the Coast Guard a response plan and operate in accordance with an approved response plan. The regulations would apply to vessels operating on the navigable waters or within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the United States that carry bulk hazardous substances. Additionally, this project would update shipboard marine pollution emergency plans for noxious liquid substance (SMPEP-NLS) requirements that apply to certain nontank vessels and tank vessels. A separate rulemaking, under RIN 1625-AA12, would address hazardous substances response plan requirements for marine transportation-related facilities. This project supports the Coast Guard's broad roles and responsibilities of maritime safety and maritime stewardship by reducing the consequences of pollution incidents. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 151    33 CFR 155   
Legal Authority: 33 USC 1231    33 USC 1321(j)    PL 101-380    PL 108-293   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010  04/15/2012 
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  05/03/1996  61 FR 20084   
Notice of Public Hearings  07/03/1996  61 FR 34775   
ANPRM Comment Period End  09/03/1996    
NPRM  03/22/1999  64 FR 13734   
Notice of Public Hearing  06/15/1999  64 FR 31994   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  06/15/1999  64 FR 31994   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/21/1999    
NPRM Extended Comment Period End  08/30/1999    
Notice To Reopen Comment Period  02/17/2011  76 FR 9276   
Comment Period End  05/18/2011    
Next Action Undetermined  To Be Determined 
Additional Information: The docket number for this rulemaking is USCG-1998-4354. The docket is located at The old docket number is CGD 94-032. Public meetings regarding this rulemaking were held in Washington, DC, on July 30, 1996; Houston, TX, on August 5, 1996; and Houston, TX, on February 26 and 27, 1997. Public meetings for the notice of proposed rulemaking were held in Houston, TX, on August 12 and 13, 1999.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Related RINs: Related to 1625-AA12 
Agency Contact:
Raymond Martin
Electrical Engineer
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG-3), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7509,
Washington, DC 20593-7509
Phone:202 372-1384