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Officially, anyone discharging anything that "produces a sheen on the water" is subject, under the Oil Pollution Control Act, to a Coast Guard fine of up to $10,000 and a six-month jail term.
The principal federal statutes imposing environmental clean-up liability on taxpayers are the following: * Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act);(6) * Oil Pollution Control Act of 1990;(7) * Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA);(8) * Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA);(9) * Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERC-LA);(10) and * Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).