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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AC84 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Consumer Price Index Adjustments of Oil Pollution Act of 1990 Limits of Liability--Vessels, Deepwater Ports, and Onshore Facilities 

The Coast Guard is issuing a final rule to adjust the limits of liability for vessels, deepwater ports, and onshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), as amended, to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index since 2018. This regulation will preserve the polluter pays principle of OPA 90. This mandate to adjust the OPA 90 limits of liability by regulation to reflect significant increases in the CPI eliminates a potential market failure by keeping the limits of liability aligned with the costs associated with oil pollution incidents, as impacted over time by inflation.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 138.230   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 2704   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Statutory; 33 U.S.C. 2704(d)(4)   

Overall Description of Deadline: Statutory; 33 U.S.C. 2704(d)(4)

Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule  12/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1625-AC53, Related to 1625-AC14 
Agency Contact:
Benjamin White
Project Manager
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7605,
Washington, DC 20593-7605
Phone:202 795-6066