United States Code
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Relationship to other law
Preservation of State authorities; Solid Waste Disposal Act
Nothing in this Act or the Act of
March 3, 1851 shall—
affect, or be construed or interpreted as preempting, the authority of any State or political subdivision thereof from imposing any additional liability or requirements with respect to—
the discharge of oil or other pollution by oil within such State; or
any removal activities in connection with such a discharge; or
affect, or be construed or interpreted to affect or modify in any way the obligations or liabilities of any person under the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.) or State law, including common law.
Preservation of State funds
Nothing in this Act or in section 9509 of title 26 shall in any way affect, or be construed to affect, the authority of any State—
to establish, or to continue in effect, a fund any purpose of which is to pay for costs or damages arising out of, or directly resulting from, oil pollution or the substantial threat of oil pollution; or
to require any person to contribute to such a fund.
Additional requirements and liabilities; penalties
Nothing in this Act, the Act of
March 3, 1851 (46 U.S.C. 183 et seq.),1
or section 9509 of title 26, shall in any way affect, or be construed to affect, the authority of the United States or any State or political subdivision thereof—
1See References in Text note below.
to impose additional liability or additional requirements; or
to impose, or to determine the amount of, any fine or penalty (whether criminal or civil in nature) for any violation of law;
relating to the discharge, or substantial threat of a discharge, of oil.
Federal employee liability
For purposes of section 2679(b)(2)(B) of title 28, nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize or create a cause of action against a Federal officer or employee in the officer’s or employee’s personal or individual capacity for any act or omission while acting within the scope of the officer’s or employee’s office or employment.
(Pub. L. 101–380, title I, § 1018,
Aug. 18, 1990, 104 Stat. 505.)
cite as: 33 USC 2718