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1 NW Area Committee

2 What is an Area Committee? Interagency group charged with pre-planning for oil spillsInteragency group charged with pre-planning for oil spills Comprised of any player who has a role in oil spill responseComprised of any player who has a role in oil spill response Spatial boundaries defined by EPA/USCGSpatial boundaries defined by EPA/USCG Mandated by OPA 90 Section 4202(4)(A)Mandated by OPA 90 Section 4202(4)(A) 2

3 3 Who is on an Area Committee? Fire DepartmentFire Department TribesTribes Local Health Dist.Local Health Dist. IndustryIndustry NGOsNGOs Private CitizensPrivate Citizens State PoliceState Police State Health Department State Env. Reg. USCG EPA NOAA DOI DoD, DOE, etc. Area Committee members include anyone who has a role in oil spill response.

4 Response Ramp Up Local Fire/Hazmat Team responses, generally rely on mutual aid from nearby jurisdictions;Local Fire/Hazmat Team responses, generally rely on mutual aid from nearby jurisdictions; State responders provide secondary response support, if needed;State responders provide secondary response support, if needed; Federal responders provide the backstop by providing response support to the locals and State, if resources and funding is exhausted or unavailableFederal responders provide the backstop by providing response support to the locals and State, if resources and funding is exhausted or unavailable

5 Response Support When local capabilities and/or funds are overwhelmed, NWAC agencies could provide surge capacity and expertiseWhen local capabilities and/or funds are overwhelmed, NWAC agencies could provide surge capacity and expertise When federally protected natural resources are impacted, NWAC agencies may be obligated to respondWhen federally protected natural resources are impacted, NWAC agencies may be obligated to respond RRT/NWAC Goal: Strong relationships and understanding of roles/responsibilities ahead of time to ensure good coordination during the incidentRRT/NWAC Goal: Strong relationships and understanding of roles/responsibilities ahead of time to ensure good coordination during the incident

6 Examples of Surge SILVERTIP PIPELINE SPILLSILVERTIP PIPELINE SPILL FundingFunding Specialized equipment/capabilitySpecialized equipment/capability Air monitoringAir monitoring Government to Government Tribal CoordinationGovernment to Government Tribal Coordination Cleanup ContractorsCleanup Contractors

7 Who supports locals during a Response? Marine State Inland

8 RRT 10 US EPA, R10 USCG, D-13 NW Area Committee US EPA, R10 USCG, Sector Seattle USCG, Sector Portland Northwest Area Committee Federal State Tribal Local Non-Profit Industry Members are any entity with response interest in region. This includes all RRT members as well as county and city agencies and the private sector. Regional Response Team 10 Federal State Tribal Member agencies are identified in NCP. Each of 15 Federal Agencies and State Lead Agency have one vote when the RRT assembles during a response. In R10, these groups meet together.

9 NW Area Committee Regional Response Team

10 NWACP Concept of Operations Rapid notification of Federal, State, and local governments to permit assessment and response, if necessaryRapid notification of Federal, State, and local governments to permit assessment and response, if necessary –National Response Center, Relies on the principle of escalationRelies on the principle of escalation Utilizes the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System/Unified Command (ICS/UC) principlesUtilizes the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System/Unified Command (ICS/UC) principles

11 Unified Command Diagram Directly from NWACP, Page FOSC Tribal/ other OSC RPIC LOSC SOSC Note: The timeframe for this structure will follow the initial response by first responders.

12 Concept of Operations, cont. Provides for access to considerable resources and expertise as situations requiresProvides for access to considerable resources and expertise as situations requires Covers all spills regardless of nature, cause or sourceCovers all spills regardless of nature, cause or source –oil and hazmat –fixed facility and transportation –inland and coastal –natural and man-made disasters

13 Useful NWACP Tools For oil spills on water with GRPsFor oil spills on water with GRPs Lower, Middle and Upper Columbia, Snake, Spokane, etcLower, Middle and Upper Columbia, Snake, Spokane, etc For large incidentsFor large incidents Contact information for State and Federal ResourcesContact information for State and Federal Resources Technical response resourcesTechnical response resources For local contingency planningFor local contingency planning Information on State and Federal capabilities (equipment, expertise, funding)Information on State and Federal capabilities (equipment, expertise, funding) Reference for role State and Feds are ready to fillReference for role State and Feds are ready to fill

14 Purpose of the GRPs Prioritize natural, cultural and significant economic resourcesPrioritize natural, cultural and significant economic resources Allow for immediate and proper actionAllow for immediate and proper action First responders know what actions to takeFirst responders know what actions to take Includes:Includes: –Area maps –Prioritized booming strategies –Access points –Staging areas

15 WHAT IS A GRP? A response orientated contingency plan providing the framework for initial response decisionsA response orientated contingency plan providing the framework for initial response decisions

16 RRT 10 US EPA, R10 USCG, D-13 NW Area Committee US EPA, R10 USCG, Sector Seattle USCG, Sector Portland Steering CommitteeTask Forces Public Contractors Industry Non-Profits Direct input route: Gov. Agencies 2012 Task Forces: Places of Refuge Derelict Vessels Shoreline Cleanup (SCAT) Cultural and Historic Preservation Dispersants and In Situ Burn General Community Outreach GRPs/Advanced Recovery Wildlife Task Force

17 RRT 10 US EPA, R10 USCG, D-13 NW Area Committee US EPA, R10 USCG, Sector Seattle USCG, Sector Portland GRP Workshops Exercises Drills Outreach NWAC Meetings NWAC Plan Evolves and Responders are Informed Integration with Reality Annual Plan Review

18 How to get the plan, and connect with the NWAC Josie ClarkHeather Parker Josie ClarkHeather Parker RRT10 Coordinator, EPA RRT10 Coordinator, USCG RRT10 Coordinator, EPA RRT10 Coordinator, USCG


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