Coast Guard Adopts New Oil Pollution Rule

Law360, New York (January 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday it will adopt a new rule that clarifies what buyers must do to qualify for the innocent landowner defense in cases where oil from private property may contaminate U.S. waters.

Rule 33 CFR Part 137, which establishes “all appropriate inquiry” standards specific to potential contamination of U.S. waters by private commercial landowners, will take effect on Feb. 13, 2008.

The new rule provides guidance on protecting landowners from liability in the specific instance that their property contaminates U.S. waters, which...
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