BP Oil Spill: EPA’s Response in Support of the US Coast Guard. Mark Mjoness Director, National Planning and Preparedness Division US EPA Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Overview of Key NRS Components. … Federal On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) 13 Regional Response Teams (RRTs)
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Mark MjonessDirector, National Planning and Preparedness DivisionUS EPA Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
National Oil and
Pollution Contingency Plan
Contingency Plans (RCPs)
Contingency Plans (ACPs)
Venues for EPA:
HQ EOC in Washington, DC
EPA supporting USCG IASG in Washington, DC
Region 6 REOC in Dallas, TX
Region 4 REOC in Atlanta, GA
Area Command; Robert, LA
Incident Commands in Houma, LA., Mobile, AL. and Miami, FL.
Incident staffing - Peak staffing levels exceeded 200 EPA and contractor personnel supporting UAC, IC and field activities
EOC staffing exceeded 45 EPA staff at peak levels
R6 REOC fully activated
R4 REOC fully activated
Incident required use of back-up regions and national staffing efforts
Activated and utilized Response Support Corps
EPA’s primary role is monitoring:
On June 29th, the U.S. Coast Guard - with the agreement of the EPA and coastal states - issued a Waste Management Directive outlining how BP should manage oil and other recovered contaminated materials.
Under the provisions of the Directive, BP has developed the following plans, which have been reviewed by EPA and Coastal States:
Liquids Waste Materials and Management
This Directive complements oversight and inspection activities in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, while imposing additional requirements.
The EPA Office of Research and Development has requested $2 million for dispersant research in the form of grants to universities with oil spill, dispersant use and ecological risk expertise.
These grants focus on dispersant toxicity, application, surface washing and bio-remediation agents and other mitigation measures.
The EPA website initially solicited solutions for use in response to the oil spill. We received and reviewed more than 1,800 suggestions, some of which were provided to BP.
EPA is now participating in the Interagency Alternative Technology Assessment Program (IATAP), which is under the purview of the USCG.
We’ve also hosted an Alternative Coastal Protection and Cleanup Technology Forum in New Orleans.
“A Long-Term Recovery Plan after the
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill”
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
“We are going to stay engaged in this effort, doing everything we can to get the families and businesses of the Gulf Coast back on the path to recovery...Our commitment will be measured in years – not months.”
– Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
For more information and updates…
General Federal Government: www.restorethegulf.gov