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The Oil Pollution Control Act of 1990: Its Provisions, Intent, and Effects

March 1991

Citation: 21 ELR 10119

Issue: 3

Author: Russell V. Randle

Editors' Summary: The newest federal environmental statute, the Oil Pollution Act, became law in August 1990. The product of 15 years of congressional deliberation, the Act sets out an expansive new liability system for oil spills, as well as requirements for the oil industry and its suppliers, that will affect operations well into the 21st century.

In this Article, the author analyzes the Oil Pollution Act, exploring both the black-letter law of the statute and some of its likely effects.

Mr. Randle is a partner with Patton, Boggs & Blow in Washington, D.C. His practice includes hazardous waste, air and water pollution, toxic substances, environmental impact analysis, and environmental liability in real estate transactions. Mr. Randle graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

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