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Update for April 6, 2018

Upcoming Meeting & Conference Schedule



  • Marine Safety Unit Huntington Tri-state Response Workshop Next Workshop TBD.
  • Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh (Port of Pittsburgh) Three Rivers Pollution Response Council Meeting Next Meeting TBD.
  • Sector Delaware Bay (Philadelphia) Area Committee Meeting (Joint AC & AMSCM) 18 April 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Sector Delaware Bay, 1 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.
    • Next meetings Area Committee Meetings: 17 July 2018 and 17 October 2018 – Sector Delaware Bay, 1 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.
    • Sector Maryland - NCR Area Committee Meeting 26 June 2018 – location TBD.
  • Sector North Carolina (Coastal North Carolina) Area Committee Meeting 14 November 2018 - location TBD.
  • Sector Hampton Roads (Virginia) Area Committee Meeting 19 April 2018, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Chesapeake Bay Foundation Brock Environmental Center, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Sector Buffalo (Lake Erie) Area Committee Meeting 04 May 2018 – MSU Building, the Moorings, Cleveland, OH.
  • Sector New York Area Committee Meeting – Next Meeting TBD.




  • RRT1 Meeting Next Meeting TBD.
  • RRT2 Meeting – 13-14 June 2018 at the Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ.Additional information concerning this meeting will be posted on the RRT2 website at www.nrt.org/RRT2June2018 and disseminated by email.
  • CRRT Meeting TBD; cancelled due to response
  • RRT3 Meeting22-24 May 2018 in Solomons Island, MD – Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center & Marina, 155 Holiday Drive, Solomons, MD 20688 (401-394-3609).Room reservation block code: Q99.
    • Fall RRT3 meeting tentatively scheduled for 14-16 November 2018 – Lancaster, PA.
  • RRT4 Meeting Next Meeting TBD..
  • RRT5 Meeting 17-18 April 2018 - Kent Conference Center, 1633 E Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • RRT6 Meeting 08-10 May 2018 - USEPA Training Center, 16650 Westgrove Drive, Addison, TX.
  • 2018 NRT-RRT Co-Chairs Meeting 26-28 June 2018 at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District hotel in Philadelphia, PA.




  • 12 June 2018 – Sector Delaware Bay ESC Meeting, Sector Delaware Bay, 1 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.
    • Next meeting: 04 October 2018.
  • POSTPONEDSector Delaware Bay Environmental Sensitive Areas Booming Strategy Workshop –No rescheduled date determined.



  • 04-05 April 2018 - Inland Rivers Clean Waterways Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.The website is: http://2018.cleanwaterwaysevent.org/.
  • 07 April 2018 - 5th Annual Graveyard of the Atlantic Underwater Heritage Symposium at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC27943.Contact Maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov for a list of accommodations. www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com.
  • NEW:April-May 2018 TRANSCAER 2018 Northeast Training Tour – Free Hazardous Materials Transportation Emergency Response Training Sessions.To register for the Northeast Tour, visit the National TRANSCAER® website EVENTS http://www.transcaer.com/events.aspx and select the training Date, Track #, and Location you wish to attend.Tour Contact: Sam Simon (SamSimon@dow.com) +1-267-716-1572.
    • 27 or 28 April – Lower Bucks Public Safety Training Center, 2912 River Road, Croydon, PA 19021
    • 10 or 11 May – Whippany Railway Museum (Morris County), 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, NJ07981
    • 24 or 25 May – SMS Rail Lines Facility, 513 Sharptown Road, Logan Township, NJ08085
  • 30 April–04 May 2018 - 20th Annual NJ Emergency Preparedness Conference scheduled for at the Tropicana Casino Resort, Atlantic City, NJ. The website is: http://www.cvent.com/events/20th-annual-new-jersey-emergency-preparedness-conference/event-summary-c6dce35629134a64a63bf115db278072.aspx.
  • 07-11 May 2018 - Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore, MD.The website is:www.eowconference.org.
  • 07-10 June 2018 - International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference at the Baltimore Hilton, Baltimore, MD. The website is: https://www.iafc.org/events/hazmat-conf. Hands-on training, new education, and Scholarships are available.
  • NEW:18-22 June 2018 – Inland Oil Spill Response for DOI (CSP3129) at the USFWS Regional Office in Hadley, MA.Participants with current HAZWOPER certification can obtain their required OSHA 8-hour refresher training for hazardous waste workers during this course. Please contact Lindy Nelson, OEPC (lindy_nelson@ios.doi.gov) to register for this class or for more information.
  • 19-21 June 2018 – Clean Pacific Conference & Exhibition at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR.The website is: http://2018.cleanpacific.org/.
  • 04-07 September 2018 – 29th Annual Continuing Challenge HazMat Workshop at DoubleTree, Sacramento, CA.The website is: http://www.hazmat.org.
  • 02-04 October 2018 – 41st AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The website is: www.ec.gc.ca/amop. Call for papers just released; submission deadline is 29 March 2018.



Training / Education Opportunities / Online Opportunities


  • 09-11 April 2018: G-300: Intermediate ICS Training.Philadelphia OEM EOC – 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA.Registration: https://g300-phila-oem.eventbrite.com.
  • 09-13 April 2018: Science of Oil Spills (SOS) course: will be given at the DNREC facility Lewes, DE. Class size will be limited to 35 students. For those who plan to apply to attend the course, list Frank Csulak, NOAA SSC, as your sponsor. Contact Frank Csulak (frank.csulak@noaa.gov) or Jerry Conrad (Gerald.A.Conrad@uscg.mil) for more information.Application Now Period Closed.
  • NEW:April 2018: Sector North Carolina is holding three separate Search and Rescue (SAR) Workshops (see dates / locations below).The target Audience: Local, state & federal emergency management partners, search teams, search managers, law enforcement, side scan sonar & dive teams, K-9 handlers, and all hazard incident management team participants.RSVP:LT Kaitlin Godden at Kaitlin.E.Godden@uscg.mil.
    • 13 April 2018 - Northern AOR: Dare County EOC; 370 Airport Road, Manteo NC 27954
    • 17 April 2018: Southern AOR: Leland Cultural Arts Center; 1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland, NC 28451
    • 26 April 2018: Middle AOR: Carteret County EOC; 3820 Bridges St. Suite D Morehead City, NC 28557
  • NEW:14 April 2018: Shelter Partner Training.Philadelphia OEM EOC – The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 4200 Wissahickon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA19129.Registration: https://shelterpartnertraining.eventbrite.com.
  • NEW:16 April 2018:Oil Spill Training – Combined Backwater and Fast Water, Portsmouth, NH.This course is custom designed to meet requests of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Federal On-Scene-Coordinators (FOSCs) in their regions. ** Attendees must be federal, tribal, state or local agency employees.  Contractors, private industry and academia are not permitted to attend either course.  Travel/lodging costs are the responsibility of the student or student’s employer. ** The course will address the Slow, Backwater Practical Course or Fast Water Practical Courses listed in their course descriptions. Dependent upon selection of course work participants will deploy boom on lakes or rivers; establish oil recovery sites; provide protection to sensitive areas and shoreline with boom; operate boats on lakes or rivers; install dikes, dams and filter fences on streams; and install French drains and cut-off walls.Will include classroom instruction and field work. Registration:https://trainex.org/offeringslist.cfm?courseid=360;Password:cosmo1


  • NEW:20 April 2018: Preparedness Workshop for Philadelphia Nursing Homes.Philadelphia OEM EOC – 2100 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA19130.Registration: https://philanursinghomeworkshop.eventbrite.com.
  • 30 April–01 May 2018: L-146: Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training.Philadelphia OEM EOC – 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA.Registration: https://hseep-phila-oem.eventbrite.com/.
  • TO BE RESCHEDULED: SCAT Training in Chincoteague, VA. Contact Frank Csulak (frank.csulak@noaa.gov) or Dave Pugh (USCG D5; David.E.Pugh1@uscg.mil) for more information.
  • 08 May 2018: G-289 – PIO Awareness Training. Philadelphia OEM EOC – 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA.Registration: https://g289-phila-oem.eventbrite.com/.
  • 09-10 May 2018: G-290 – Basic PIO Training. Philadelphia OEM EOC – 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA.Registration: https://g290-phila-oem.eventbrite.com/.
  • 11-12 May 2018: Delaware’s 11th Annual Hazardous Materials Training Workshop at the Delaware State Fire School, 1461 Chestnut Grove Road, Dover, DE 19904.For additional information visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/SERC/Pages/What’sNew.aspx.
  • 14-17 May 2018:Ohmsett Oil Spill Response Strategies & Tactics Training, Leonardo, NJ.Hands-on training course where you will learn the strategies and tactics for successful spill response operations.For more information call: 301.230.4565 / 732.866.7286 or Email: jdelagado@marinc.com or scunneff@ohmsettnj.com.www.ohmsett.com.
  • 05 June 2018: G-291 – Joint Information Center / Joint Information System Training. Philadelphia OEM EOC – 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA.Registration: https://g291-phila-oem.eventbrite.com/.
  • 11-15 June 2018: NOAA's Science of Oil Spills (SOS) class in Seattle, Washington.Class will begin on Monday afternoon at 1:00, June 11, 2018 and will conclude on Friday, June 15, 2018 at noon. The application deadline is Friday, March 30.Applicants can find more information regarding the SOS class, as well as an on-line application at: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/training-and-education/training/workshops/science-oil-spills-workshops.html.
  • NEW:25-28 June 2018: NOAA's Science of Chemical Releases (SOCR) class in Mobile, AL Class will begin on Monday afternoon at 1:00, June 25, 2018 and will conclude on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 4:00PM.The application deadline is Friday, May 4, 2018. Applicants will be notified via email regarding their participation status no later than Friday, May 11, 2018.Applicants can find more information regarding the SOCR class, as well as an on-line application at: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/training-and-education/training/workshops/science-chemical-releases-classes.html.



  • Arctic State-State-of-Science Webinar – Available ONLINE.A recording is available (password: Jan18ArcDDO) of the webinar held on January 11th to provide the SONS ESC an in-process review of the Arctic Dispersants and Dispersed Oil state-of-the science project.At the request of the SONS ESC, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in partnership with the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) and in consultation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), embarked on this project in late 2014 to seek expert review and evaluation of the state-of-the science and the uncertainties involving Dispersants and Dispersed Oil in the Arctic. Given the short ESC briefings and the long duration of this project, this one-hour web-based presentation and discussion was held to provide a more thorough briefing of the process, products, and forthcoming final outputs to the ESC later in 2018. Further information on the project is available https://crrc.unh.edu/dispersant_science .
  • Intro to Observing Oil from Helicopters & Planes (Available ONLINE) - http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/training-and-education/training/workshops/aerial-observation-training.html
  • FEMA: Emergency Management Institute (Available ONLINE) - http://training.fema.gov/index.asp
  • FEMA: National Training & Exercise Division (Available ONLINE) - http://www.firstrespondertraining.gov.
  • FEMA: Independent Study (Available ONLINE) – http://training.fema.gov/is.
  • NJ Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) Training (Available ONLINE) – http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/programs/training-schedule.html.
  • Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) Training Opportunitieshttp://dema.delaware.gov/services/calendar/Trng_cal.shtml.
  • Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Training Opportunitieshttp://www.pema.pa.gov/planningandpreparedness/trainingandexercises/Pages/TrainingCalendar.aspx.
  • Philadelphia OEM Monthly Training Calendar – Contact Josh Martenson: Joshua.martenson@phila.gov to get on the calendar email distribution list.
  • Maritime Suspicious Activity Training (Available ONLINE) – http://nsi.ncirc.gov/hsptregistration/maritime/
  • Center for Domestic Preparedness, Security and Emergency Response Training Centerhttps://www.ndpc.us.



Exercises and Drills


  • 30 April-11 May 2018FEMA’s Hurricane Force Exercise; participants are all “playing” different days depending on objectives.


News For Region 3 and Beyond - March 15, 2018 3/15/2018 News for R3 & Beyond

Good Afternoon


I have posted the updates to the RRT3 Calendar on the website under “Notices” (https://nrtqa.ert.org/site/bulletins_list.aspx?site_id=35).  Feel Free to push any items applicable to the RRT3 membership to me and I will add them to the list. 


Also, here is the news for Region 3 (and beyond) for the last two weeks; lots of interesting items this time—not our regular fare. PLEASE NOTE: None of this is verified or fact checked. If you have a problem with any of this information, please reply to the whole group and state your reasoning; hopefully prompting an entertaining discussion.  If you have better or more accurate information, please let me know and I will update the group.


Also, PLEASE let me know if there is other information to be passed to the group – this includes meetings, workshops, training opportunities etc. Feel free to share this email with others.  


As always, if you want the inbox deluge to end, just drop me an email stating that.








USCG - Area Contingency Planning survey 

The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) announcing that the National Response Team (NRT) is seeking feedback through an online survey regarding the current state and future direction of area contingency planning nationwide. The survey will continue through 30 April.  Please participate and share – the NRT is seeking the broadest response possible.  MSIB 02-18  [http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/MSIB/2018/MSIB_002_18.pdf].


News for RRT3 and Beyond - March 15, 2018

Region 3 News


RRT3 Members and Partners:  This is to request for your recommendations on topics of interest for the 2018 NRT-RRT Co-Chairs Meeting. This year the meeting will take place in our region at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District hotel in Philadelphia on June 26 – 28, 2018. Your input is critical for the success of this meeting. Please send your suggestions to Cindy Santiago (Santiago.Cindy@epa.gov) ASAP!!!!


USCG - VADM Schultz nominated as next Commandant 

The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that Vice Admiral Karl L. Schultz has been nominated to serve as the 26th Commandant. Pending confirmation, he is expected to relieve Admiral Paul F. Zukunft on 1 June in Washington, DC. VADM Schultz currently serves as Commander, Atlantic Area. (3/9/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e0d7ba].


Grass Is Back In The Chesapeake, And Crabs Will Follow

March 5, 2018 3:01 PM ET


For scientists who monitor the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary, simply watching grass grow underwater can be very, very exciting.


Baltimore - Port-wide Industry Day on 17 April

The US Coast Guard is hosting the Federal Agency Quality Work Group's Port-wide Industry Day on 17 April in Baltimore. Submit topics of interest to: secmdncrpss@uscg.mil (3/5/17).


DOS - meeting on 2 April re MEPC 72 

The Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that a meeting will be held on 2 April to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72). Topics on the agenda include ballast water management, air pollution and energy efficiency, and reduction of GHG emissions. 83 Fed. Reg. 9882 (3/8/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-08/pdf/2018-04686.pdf].


Hazmat: Acid Spill After Train Hits Tractor-Trailer in PA


State officials are monitoring the acid spill caused by a train hitting a tractor-trailer on State Route 88 in Centerville, Washington County Tuesday morning. "The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is engaged and working with county emergency personnel to ensure the continued safety of ...


News for U.S. and Canada


Grenada Warns Mariners of Subsea Volcanic Eruption

Grenada's National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) and the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center in Trinidad have issued an advisory to shipping to warn of increased activity at a submerged volcano.  The government has imposed a three-mile vessel... Read More>>


Search Ends for Missing Towboat Crewmembers

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for two people who were aboard the towboat Natalie Jean, which sank in the vicinity of Algiers, New Orleans on Monday morning.  Coast Guard crews and local agencies searched approximately 100 square... Read More>>


Agency Information Collection Activities; Oil-Spill Response Requirements for Facilities Located ...

Federal Register

Abstract: The regulations at 30 CFR 254 establish requirements for spill-response plans for oil-handling facilities seaward of the coast line, including associated pipelines, and are the subject of this collection. This request also covers any related Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) that BSEE …


Mobile app helps first responders quickly and safely assess rail accidents 

ZDNet – 3/1/18

Rail accidents can be disastrous for anyone on board or in direct path of the train. If it's a freight train carrying hazardous materials, the impact can be much more far reaching.


First-Ever Railroad Oil Spill Response Plan Approved For Washington State

KOHO Radio

Eight railroad companies haul oil through Washington State. Following fiery accidents across the country with trains carrying oil, spill contingency plans are now in the works. Marcus Bellissimo reports.


Coast Guard responders harmed by chemicals used to clean up BP oil spill, research shows


For thousands of Coast Guard members who responded to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the dangers were clear -- an oil platform in flames and then a hole in the seafloor spewing millions of gallons of oil. But what made many Coast Guard members truly afraid was what came after.


IMO - MARPOL amendments

The IMO issued a news release reminding stakeholders of amendments to the MARPOL Convention that entered into force on 1 March. These amendments include changes regarding ship fuel oil reporting requirements, garbage classification, and the IOPP Certificate. (3/5/18) [http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/04MARPOLamendments.aspx].


USCG & NOAA - navigation rules in US Coast Pilot

The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have teamed up to incorporate the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (72 COREGS) and the Inland Navigation Rules into NOAA's US Coast Pilot publications. (3/6/18) [https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1dffc4c].


House - hearing on implementation of USCG programs

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a news release stating that, on 7 March, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will conduct a hearing on implementation of Cost Guard programs. (3/5/18) [https://transportation.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=402223].


Mystery deepens on decline of the right whale

Cape Cod Times

Why is 2010 the turning point? Perhaps the decline is linked to the environmental disaster on April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. From April 20, 2010, to July 15, 2010, more than 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the gulf followed by another 1 million gallons of Corexit, ...


US court dismisses Mexican claims against BP over Deepwater Horizon


A federal judge overseeing the litigation over an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, ruled that Mexico's Yucatan state could not bring claims against oil giant BP, which operated the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that exploded in 2010. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Wednesday ...


Senate - bill introduced re NOAA unmanned maritime systems 

Senator Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill (S. 2511) to require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to carry out a program on coordinating the assessment and acquisition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of unmanned maritime systems, to make available to the public data collected by the Administration using such systems, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Senator Wicker issued a press release explaining the measure. (3/7/18) [https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=314B2C76-636A-4CD0-96F6-D858860C6F23].


House - bill introduced re NOAA unmanned maritime systems

Representative Palazzo (R-MS) introduced a bill (H.R. 5196) to require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to carry out a program on coordinating the assessment and acquisition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of unmanned maritime systems, to make available to the public data collected by the Administration using such systems, and for other purposes. Official text of the bill is not yet available, but Representative Palazzo issued a press release explaining the measure . (3/7/18) [https://palazzo.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399464].