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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 25. State Water Control Board
Chapter 101. Tank Vessel Oil Discharge Contingency Plan and Financial Responsibility Regulation

9VAC25-101-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Board" means the State Water Control Board. When used outside the context of the promulgation of regulations, including regulations to establish general permits, "board" means the Department of Environmental Quality.

"Containment and cleanup" means abatement, containment, removal and disposal of oil and, to the extent possible, the restoration of the environment to its existing state prior to an oil discharge.

"Department" means the Department of Environmental Quality.

"Discharge" means any spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying or dumping.

"Net worth" means the amount of all assets of a tank vessel operator located in the United States, less all liabilities.

"Oil" means oil of any kind and in any form, including, but not limited to, petroleum and petroleum byproducts, fuel oil, lubricating oils, sludge, oil refuse, oil mixed with other wastes, crude oils and all other liquid hydrocarbons regardless of specific gravity. For the purpose of this chapter only, this definition does not include nonpetroleum hydrocarbon-based animal and vegetable oils or petroleum, including crude oil or any fraction thereof which is specifically listed or designated as a hazardous substance under subparagraphs (A) through (F) of § 101(14) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (42 USC § 9601) and which is subject to the provisions of that Act.

"Operator" means any person who owns, operates, charters by demise, rents or otherwise exercises control over or responsibility for a facility or a vehicle or vessel.

"Person" means an individual, trust, firm, joint stock company, corporation including a government corporation, partnership, association, any state or agency thereof, municipality, county, town, commission, political subdivision of a state, any interstate body, consortium, joint venture, commercial entity, the government of the United States or any unit or agency thereof.

"Public vessel" means a vessel owned or bareboat-chartered and operated by the United States, by a state or political subdivision thereof, or by a foreign nation, except when such vessel is engaged in commerce.

"State waters" means all water, on the surface and under the ground, wholly or partially within or bordering the Commonwealth or within its jurisdiction.

"Tank vessel" means any vessel used in the transportation of oil in bulk as cargo. For the purpose of this chapter, this definition includes tankers, tank ships, tank barges and combination carriers when carrying oil. It does not include vessels carrying oil in drums, barrels, portable tanks or other packages or vessels carrying oil as fuel or stores for that vessel. For the purpose of this chapter only, this definition does not include public vessels.

"Vehicle" means any motor vehicle, rolling stock or other artificial contrivance for transport whether self-propelled or otherwise, except vessels.

"Vessel" includes every description of watercraft or other contrivance used as a means of transporting on water, whether self-propelled or otherwise, and shall include barges and tugs.

"Working capital" means the amount of current assets of a tank vessel operator located in the United States, less all current liabilities.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15, 62.1-44.34:16, and 62.1-44.34:21 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 18, eff. June 24, 1998; amended, Virginia Register Volume 39, Issue 5, eff. November 23, 2022.

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