LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Patriot Environmental Services announces that it is the first in the state of California to be approved as an Inland Oil Spill Response Organization (“Inland OSRO”). Patriot has been a California-approved Marine Waters OSRO since 2003 and has successfully responded to thousands of oil spill incidents. With this OSRO rating revision, Patriot has approval to provide expanded OSRO coverage for a variety of additional facilities under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR).
Last year, Senate Bill 861 was signed into law by Governor Brown and created a statewide Oil Spill Prevention & Response Program. This bill authorized the Administrator of OSPR to develop emergency regulations to begin program implementation. This legislation expanded the OSPR program to address oil spill response and planning for all surface “waters of the state” at risk from oil spills. Thus, certain inland facilities, such as oil production facilities, pipelines and terminals, refineries, and railroads must file an oil spill contingency plan with OSPR for review and approval. They must also have a “Rated OSRO,” such as Patriot, under contract.
Tom Scranton, Patriot’s founder and CEO, states, “One of Patriot’s founding principles is to stay ahead of environmental regulations and keep our clients in compliance. The speed at which Patriot’s OSRO rating was revised is just one more example of meeting this goal.”
Richard Yukihiro, Patriot’s President and COO, adds, “Being the first company in California to achieve this new rating further demonstrates Patriot’s clear leadership position in our field.”
And finally, Mr. Dale Streiter, Patriot’s Technical Services Manager who led the approval effort, states, “We are extremely pleased to be able to provide significantly expanded OSRO coverage to both existing and new clients immediately.”
Patriot Environmental Services, founded in 2002, is based in Wilmington, CA and is nationally recognized as a premier provider of comprehensive environmental services in the western United States. The company provides a broad array of vertically integrated environmental services, including emergency spill response, hazardous waste management and transportation, industrial cleaning, hydro-excavation, full facility closure and remediation, and much more. For more information, visit www.patriotenvironmental.com.