The development of federal regulatory controls for oil removal methods is traced from the concerns that were developed over the use of dispersants during the Torrey Canyon incident. The evolution of annexes for chemical use control in the National Contingency Plan is described starting with the 1968 plan to the 1974 version being prepared for publication by the Council on Environmental Quality. Chemical and biological agent data requirements being included in the 1974 version are explained with emphasis on the rationale for selecting the type of data being requested. Possible directions for future federal regulatory control for removal methods are discussed.

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