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Ohio River Umbrella Plan. “A Fork in the Road” Art Smith, EPA OSC Region 4 RRT Meeting Covington, KY Feb. 16, 2011. Background. Region 4 RRT Initiative In 2004, EPA published final draft document “Ohio River Umbrella Planning Document” Policy document – NOT an ACP (per se)

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ohio river umbrella plan

Ohio River Umbrella Plan

“A Fork in the Road”

Art Smith, EPA OSC

Region 4 RRT Meeting

Covington, KY

Feb. 16, 2011

background
Background
  • Region 4 RRT Initiative
  • In 2004, EPA published final draft document
    • “Ohio River Umbrella Planning Document”
      • Policy document – NOT an ACP (per se)
      • Never Finalized
      • Put on back burner (Graniteville, Katrina, Major Oil and HS Spills in KY, etc.)
      • On Region 4 “Bucket List”
contains elements of an acp
Contains Elements of an ACP
  • Purpose and Scope
  • Authorities, Roles, and Responsibilities
  • Multi-Regional Response
  • Concept of Operations
  • Emergency Notification
missing essential acp elements
Missing Essential ACP Elements
  • Equipment List
  • Fish & Wildlife & Sensitive Environments Plan
  • Approval Procedures for Oil Spill Countermeasures
choices to make
Choices to Make

(1) Complete development as a policy document governing response at a macro-scale.

OR

(2) Use existing document to develop “Area Plan” for Ohio River (and major tributaries).

ohio river policy document
Ohio River Policy Document
  • Least resource-intensive option
  • Document can be circulated among various stakeholders (i.e., RRT member agencies) for review and approval.
  • Can be added as Annex to EPA Area Plans (i.e, Regional Contingency Plans).
ohio river area plan
Ohio River Area Plan
  • Provides overarching coverage of watershed from a response planning perspective
  • Currently, many gaps exist except where subarea planning is underway.
    • e.g., Pittsburgh, Huntington, Cincinnati
  • Entire watershed is mapped one county in on both sides with “essential features”
    • Region 5 Inland Sensitivity Atlases
  • Technology advances make it relatively easy to provide users with digital maps
ohio river area plan1
Ohio River Area Plan
  • ORSANCO – has agreed to serve as “focal point”/organizing body for Area Committee
  • Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA)
    • “Spills Coordination Group” and “Spill Plan” as possible model for Ohio River application
    • UMRBA estimates that initial iteration of the Spill Plan required level of effort = a full-time position for one year