Major oil spill response resources in Arctic to be available onlineStaff writer ▼ | February 23, 2016
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) staff participated in the Alaska Regional Response Team (RRT) meeting to update attendees on BSEE’s Arctic Spill Response Database project.
Arctic Spill Response Database Project BSEE Updates Alaska Regional Response Team
Once complete, it will be a stand-alone, spatially-searchable database that will contain all Arctic-specific oil spill response equipment, vessels, and resources located in each Arctic nation.
The RRT members and public attendees received an overview of the project, including requirements, development, discussion on Arctic Nation involvement, and timeline.
A federal component of the National Response System, RRTs plan for, prepare for, and respond to oil spills and releases of hazardous substances within their area of responsibility. Each RRT maintains a Regional Contingency Plan and acts as an advisory board to the on-scene coordinator.
Co-chaired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Coast Guard and State of Alaska, the Alaska RRT also includes representatives from state emergency response agencies, NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior. ■