Report on In Situ Burning in Ice-Affected Waters: Status of Regulations in Arctic and Sub-Arctic Countries

The report captures a status of regulations related to the deployment of in situ burning (ISB) as an oil spill response countermeasure.  The study focused on both Arctic and sub-Arctic Countries, including: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

The research effort concluded that of the eleven countries evaluated, the United States (Alaska Region) is the only region with documented procedures for approval of utilizing ISB as a response strategy. The report also revealed that two regions in Canada do have established guidelines for ISB use with other efforts currently underway to clarify guidelines for contingency plan use in the Canadian Arctic. It was also found that in all of the other nine countries, ISB is given little serious thought or there exists a general aversion towards its use.