February 9, 2007
USCG again suspends response plan salvage rule
The Coast Guard has published a notice in the Federal Register that says it again intends to suspend current vessel response plan regulations that require the owners or operators of vessels carrying Groups I through V petroleum oil as a primary cargo to identify in their response plans a salvage company with expertise and equipment, and a company with firefighting capability that can be deployed to a port nearest to the vessel's operating area within 24 hours of notification (Groups I-IV) or a discovery of a discharge (Group V).
On January 23, 2004, a notice of suspension was published in the Federal Register, suspending the 24- hour requirement scheduled to become effective on February 12, 2004, until February 12, 2007 (69 FR 3236).
The Coast Guard says it has decided to extend this suspension period for another two years to allow it to complete the rulemaking that will revise the salvage and marine firefighting requirements.