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United States Coast Guard (USCG) Oil Spill Response Organization (OSRO)

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) was passed in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. This law forms part of US oil spill governance to mitigate and prevent civil liability from oil spills. OPA 90 requires companies to develop and maintain plans to help prevent spills and detailed plans to contain and respond to spills that may occur.

The US Coast Guard established the Oil Spill Response Organization (OSRO) in response to regulatory requirements of OPA 90. OSRO is a voluntary program and was developed to assist oil-handling facilities and vessels prepare spill response plans. ER is a US Coast Guard classified OSRO. OSRO classification information, including personnel and equipment staging locations, can be found by visiting the US Coast Guard website.

With 21 US offices and personnel, equipment and resources staged throughout the US, ER is an OSRO classified oil spill responder responding to clients’ oil spills across the nation.  As an OSRO classified responder, ER is competent in Incident Command System (ICS), a standard on-scene response management system used in both the government and private sector.

ER participates in various industry organizations such as the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) supporting further education and development of OSRO classified contractors and spill responders. ER makes every effort to ensure that we maintain the personnel, equipment and education necessary to effectively, efficient and immediately respond to all of your oil spill response needs.