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1 Presentation to RRT/NWAC Spills Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program Dale Jensen, Program Manager March 10, 2011

2 Mandated by Oil Pollution Act of 1990 Federal On-Scene Coordinators must pre-plan for oil spills with State and local partners. Plans must identify resources at risk, available response equipment, and response procedures Co-Chaired by Sector’s Portland & Seattle, EPA Co-Vice-Chaired by states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Membership from private, local, State, Tribal, and Federal entities The Northwest Area Committee

3 Mandated by National Contingency Plan Conduct pre-planning for oil and hazmat spills to ensure coordinated federal support Support On-Scene Coordinator during incident Co-Chaired by EPA and USCG D13 Membership from 15 federal agencies and states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington The Regional Response Team (RRT 10)

4 The NWACP is a planning tool that provides for a safe, appropriate, and timely response to reports of oil or hazardous substance spills. The Regional Response Team brings together state and federal entities to jointly manage a response, and address response technology issues. The Northwest Area Committee comprised of local, state, federal and tribal governments contributes to the planning process to ensure coordinated response activities. The Area Committee and the RRT work jointly to maintain and implement the Area Plan.

5 Jurisdictional authority, roles, and responsibilities List of available spill response equipment Required notifications List of response organizations Incident Command System implementation Response Technologies Use Dispersant use, In-situ burning, Decanting Volunteer Policy Joint Information Center Manual Applicable federal and state regulations Accessing State and Federal Funds Geographic Response Plans The Area Plan contains…

6 Local Involvements Representation in Unified Command and Liaison function Participate in oil spill drills and planning Local planning for emergency Response equipment cache grant program Response training for the equipment cache deployment and safety training (HAZWOPER) Work through Area Plan work group to give input into geographic response plans strategies Public comments for contingency plans and geographic response plans Beachwatchers Volunteer Programs Wildlife Care Volunteer Programs

7 State Legislature Non-governmental Groups Local Governments Tribal Governments Partnerships and Relationships Federal Organizations Citizens of Washington British Columbia/Pacific States Oil Spill Task Force Industry Regional Response Team NWAC Work Groups Drills NW Area Committee Other State Organizations Public Meetings

8 Puget Sound Factoids Total area of land and water for Puget Sound is 2458 square miles. 2500 miles of shorelines. 10,000 rivers and streams that flow directly into Puget Sound. Over 200 species of fish live in these waters 12 counties surround its water bodies. 3.5 million people living around Puget Sound 10 million vehicles and over 21 million passengers are carried on ferries annually Over 750,000 people come through our waters by cruise ship each year 15 Tribal nations Over 10,000 vessel transits in and from our ports annually 15 billion gallons of oil are transferred each year over our waters


10 Funding for Washington State Oil Spill Program Prevention and Preparedness activities funded by the Oil Spill Administration Tax (commonly known as the “barrel tax”). Response activities is funded by the State Toxics Control Account 5 cent barrel tax Oil Spill Prevention Account (OSPA) Oil Spill Response Account (OSRA) This account pays for oil spill response and cleanup when state costs exceed $50,000. 4 cents 1 cent

11 Program Overview – Prevention Board and inspect covered cargo and passenger vessels. Inspect oil refineries and marine terminals. Improve waterway management including transboundary tanker traffic and tank vessel escort. Inspect oil transfer and pre-booming operations. Promote voluntary “best achievable protection” for oil tankers and oil barges. Investigate the causes of vessels and facility spills. Take action to eliminate intentional waste oil dumping by ships.




15 Program Overview – Preparedness Review and approve industry contingency plans. Conduct oil spill drills. Develop Geographic Response Plans (GRPs). Verify and test effectiveness of response equipment. Participate in Area Planning process.





20 Program Overview – Response Protect public health/safety, the environment and economy by: Rapidly and aggressively responding to and cleaning up oil and hazardous material spills - 24 hours/day from 6 offices. Building response capability at the local level. Cleaning up methamphetamine drug labs. Expanding remote sensing and spill tracking capability.

21 Davy Crockett Response Columbia River (Camas, WA) January 27, 2011


23 Blewett Pass Truck Oil Spill December 6, 2010

24 Pettit Truck Gasoline Spill Near Forks, WA February 23, 2011

25 BNSF Train Derailment Tacoma, WA February 26, 2011


27 Program Overview – NRDA Restore oil damaged environments through our Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) program by: Assessing the impact of spills on state natural resources in partnership with other state, tribal and federal trustee agencies. Using the Coastal Protection Account to fund and leverage environmental projects.

28 Thank You Dale Jensen, Program Manager Ecology Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program Email: Phone: 360-407-7450

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