The passage of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) was a landmark piece of federal legislation. OPA 90 passage followed a year of five devastating tanker spills in U.S. coastal waters. Most notable of these spills was the March 24, 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker grounding in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Passage of the OPA 90 has played a positive role in preventing and minimizing the effects of vessel spills in U.S. coastal waters.
- Oil Pollution,
- marine pollution,
- oil spill cleanup,
- Exxon Valdez
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