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The Coast Guard seeks comment on the approval of an extension of a currently approved collection for certificates of financial responsibility under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
The information collection requirements are necessary to provide evidence of a respondent’s ability to pay for removal costs and damages associated with discharges or substantial threats of discharges of hazardous material or oil into the navigable waters, adjoining shorelines or the exclusive economic zone of the United States. The requirements are imposed generally on operators and financial guarantors of vessels over 300 gross tons.
If the requested information is not collected, the Coast Guard will be unable to ensure that responsible parties have the ability to pay for cleanup costs and damages when there is an oil or hazardous material spill or threat of a spill.
The Coast Guard requests comments from vessel operators and approved insurers.
In particular, the Coast Guard would appreciate comments addressing:
(1) The practical utility of the Collections;
(2) The accuracy of the estimated burden of the Collections;
(3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of information subject to the Collections;
(4) Ways to minimize the burden of the Collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
All comments and related material must be submitted on or before September 29, 2015.
For more details, please view the entire Federal Register notice.
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