Presentation to RRT/NWAC

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Transcript Presentation to RRT/NWAC

Presentation to
Spills Prevention, Preparedness and Response
Dale Jensen, Program Manager
March 10, 2011
The Northwest Area Committee
• 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
• Membership from private, local, State, Tribal, and
Federal entities
The Regional Response Team (RRT 10)
• Mandated by National Contingency Plan
• Conduct pre-planning for oil and hazmat
spills to ensure coordinated federal support
• Support On-Scene Coordinator during
• Co-Chaired by EPA and USCG D13
• Membership from 15 federal agencies and
states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
The Regional Response
Team brings together
state and federal
entities to jointly
manage a response, and
address response
technology issues.
The Area Committee and the RRT
work jointly to maintain and
implement the Area Plan.
The Northwest Area
Committee comprised of local,
state, federal and tribal
governments contributes to
the planning process to ensure
coordinated response
The NWACP is a planning
tool that provides for a
safe, appropriate, and
timely response to reports
of oil or hazardous
substance spills.
The Area Plan contains…
Jurisdictional authority, roles, and
List of available spill response equipment
Required notifications
List of response organizations
Incident Command System
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
Local Involvements
• Representation in Unified Command
and Liaison function
• Participate in oil spill drills and
• Local planning for emergency
• Response equipment cache grant
• Response training for the equipment
cache deployment and safety training
• Work through Area Plan work group
to give input into geographic response
plans strategies
• Public comments for
contingency plans and
geographic response
• Beachwatchers
Volunteer Programs
• Wildlife Care
Volunteer Programs
Partnerships and
State Legislature
Citizens of Washington
Local Governments
Tribal Governments
Other State Organizations
Federal Organizations
Non-governmental Groups
Public Meetings
NWAC Work Groups
British Columbia/Pacific States Oil
Spill Task Force
NW Area Committee
Regional Response Team
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
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
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
4 cents
1 cent
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
Program Overview –
• 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.
Program Overview –
• Review and approve industry contingency
• Conduct oil spill drills.
• Develop Geographic Response Plans (GRPs).
• Verify and test effectiveness of response
• Participate in Area Planning process.
Program Overview –
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
Davy Crockett Response
Columbia River (Camas, WA)
January 27, 2011
Blewett Pass Truck Oil Spill
December 6, 2010
Pettit Truck Gasoline Spill
Near Forks, WA
February 23, 2011
BNSF Train Derailment
Tacoma, WA
February 26, 2011
Program Overview –
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.
Thank You
Dale Jensen, Program Manager
Ecology Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 360-407-7450