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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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org (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>>
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 ...
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
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].