Groups Say It's Time For EPA To Update Oil Spill Response

Law360 (April 21, 2021, 8:17 PM EDT) -- Several environmental groups asked a California federal court to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to upgrade its quarter-century-old plan for responding to oil spills that the coalition says allows harmful oil dispersants to be used copiously.

Earth Island Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and others on Tuesday said the current National Contingency Plan, which includes the country's oil spill response strategy and guidance for the use of chemicals such as oil dispersants, hasn't been updated since 1994 despite new information about the harm that dispersants can cause to the environment.

According to the groups' summary judgment filing, the EPA released...

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