Senator Feinstein Expresses Disappointment in Coast Guard Report on Cosco Busan Incident; Announces Plans to Introduce Legislation to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts for Oil Spills
Jan 28 2008
“Today, the Coast Guard released a preliminary report of the Cosco Busan spill.
I find this report very disappointing. It’s a mish-mash of dozens of recommendations and lessons learned. The number alone is dispiriting – so many things clearly went wrong.
We need to get to the bottom of what happened – and how it could have been prevented.
And we need to move forward with better planning and execution of spill recovery efforts.
So, I plan to introduce legislation in the coming days to:
- Improve federal response and preparedness standards for spill recovery efforts, modeled after California’s standards;
- Increase oversight of federal cleanup activities; and
- Require all cargo ships carrying high volumes of bunker fuel (more than 150,000 gallons) to be double-hulled. International law now requires all new cargo ships to meet these standards by 2010, but similar standards have yet been set for older ships.
In the aftermath of the spill, I asked the question of the person handling the cleanup: ‘What resources do you have?’ And he couldn’t answer the question. That’s not acceptable.”