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Office of Emergency Response (General)

Tampa Bay Oil Spill Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment stemming from the 1993 Tampa Bay Spill.

The plan, which describes the human use and recreational losses from the spill, identifies 14 restoration projects to address the lost recreational use of the bay's shorelines, shellfish beds and surface waters. Pending final approval, the selected projects will be funded with $2.5 million recovered from claims arising from the spill.

Tar Ball Information

What Are They?

Tar balls are fragments or lumps of oil weathered to a semi-solid or solid consistency, feel sticky, and are difficult to remove from contaminated surfaces. They are formed through the combining of viscous hydrocarbons with debris that is present in the water column. They range in size from a pinhead to approximately 30 centimeters in diameter.

Where Do They Come From?


Office of Emergency Response      Phone Number

 Main Switchboard                                 850-245-2010
 Main Fax                                                    850-245-2882
John S. Johnson,  Director                 850-245-2010

Mailing Address

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Emergency Response
3900 Commonwealth Blvd, MS 659
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000


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