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Oil Response Training - Basic

Category: Oil Response Training

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ORT Basic Agenda

Course Description:

This 5-day course is designed for On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Coast Guard, state and local response agencies who are involved in inland oil spill prevention and cleanup. The course, which covers portions of the legislation in the National Contingency Plan and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, provides practical information for control and cleanup of inland oil spills.

Topics that are covered include the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, revisions to the National Contingency Plan, basic technical issues associated with inland oil spills, oil spill prevention, cleanup and treatment technologies of agencies responding to inland oil spills, and monitoring requirements.

Instructional methods include lectures, problem sessions, and hands-on exercises that emphasize the practical and problem-solving skills related to spill control and cleanup.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how major legislation (including the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund) relates to spill control and cleanup activities.
  • Identify basic technical issues associated with inland oil spills.
  • Identify the basics of spill prevention control and countermeasure regulations.
  • Use basic cleanup and treatment technologies.
  • Discuss various agencies’ roles when responding to inland oil spills.

The course instructors include federal and state OSCs who may also serve as technical advisors in oil spill control and cleanup. Other instructors include experienced oil spill responders from the public and private sectors.

The course is hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Strike Teams in one of the following cities: Novato, California; Mobile, Alabama; Fort Dix, New Jersey. Class size is limited to 30 students. Contact Greg Powell, U.S. EPA, ERT, 859-594-6549 for additional information.