Environmental Response Policy

10/16/2017: Alternative planning criteria national guidelines now available

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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register the availability of updated alternative planning criteria national guidelines for vessel response plans (VRPs).

These national guidelines provide the maritime industry, specifically tank and nontank vessel owner or operators, with guidance on developing and submitting alternatives in accordance with the regulations. If a vessel owner or operator believes the national planning criteria are inappropriate for the areas in which the vessel intends to operate, the vessel owner or operator can submit an alternative(s) pursuant to 33 CFR 155.1065(f) and 155.5067.

“The Coast Guard is extremely appreciative of the amount of time that federal, state, tribal, and local government entities, as well as private industry, committed to provide input, all of which has been carefully considered in the updated alternative planning criteria national guidelines,” said Capt. Joe Loring, chief of the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy.

Visit the Federal Register to read or download MER Policy Letter 01-17: Alternative Planning Criteria National Guidelines for Vessel Response Plans. The policy is also available on Homeport.

Questions or comments regarding this policy can be directed to CG-MER via vrp@uscg.mil.

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