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EPA and the “National Contingency Plan”
Climate Audit ^ | 06/02/2010 | Steve McIntyre

Posted on 06/02/2010 1:08:40 PM PDT by Prospero

Did any of you know that the US supposedly has a National Contingency Plan for dealing with very large oil spills? And that EPA has legal responsibility for maintaining readiness for such an eventuality? Who knew? I’ve watched hours of coverage and this hasn’t been mentioned anywhere.

The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan Act was signed into law in 1994 (superceding previous legislation that went back to the 1969 Torrey Canyon oil spill.) Laws and regulations are collated here.

The EPA has an online book describing the National Continency Plan. See for example http://www.epa.gov/oem/docs/oil/edu/oilspill_book/chap7.pdf (change the number to get other chapters.)

The EPA manual says:

WHEN A MAJOR oil spill occurs in the United States, coordinated teams of local, state, and national personnel are called upon to help contain the spill, clean it up, and ensure that damage to human health and the environment is minimized. Without careful planning and clear organization, efforts to deal with large oil spills could be slow, ineffective, and potentially harmful to response personnel and the environment. In the United States, the system for organizing responses to major oil spills is called the National Response System.

(SNIP)

I’ve noticed EPA involvement in worrying about dispersant toxicity, but otherwise EPA seems to have been surprisingly invisible given the prominent role assigned to them in the National Contingency Plan.

I’ve only browsed the legislation and manuals and it’s not an area about which I speak authoritatively. I invite readers to look through the Act, regulations and manuals and comment on the degree to which EPA and other agencies have met their statutory obligations. Please do so in relatively technical terms and avoid the temptation to hyperventilate.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bp; energy; epa; oil; oilenergy; oilspill; slowtorespond
Just a reminder, in case any had forgotten, the so-called "mainstream media" has been dead for some time. Were it not for the dogged efforts of Steve McIntyre, Cap and Trade would probably already be fattening the bank accounts of Franklin Raines over at Fannie Mae.
1 posted on 06/02/2010 1:08:40 PM PDT by Prospero
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To: Prospero

Interesting.


2 posted on 06/02/2010 1:28:51 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

Very Interesting


3 posted on 06/02/2010 1:59:40 PM PDT by Sir Beowolf (We The People!)
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To: Prospero

Let’s sue the EPA for a change. let them explain why regulating carbon dioxide is more important than being prepared for an oil spill.


4 posted on 06/02/2010 1:59:46 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Prospero

Actually I knew this.

Most Environmental Managers know this, most Safety Engineers know this.

Almost anyone who has had 40 HAZWOPER training knows this stuff.

Once the government is on scene they are responsible for all decisions and actions taken to mitigate and re-mediate.

And of those in the know...the last thing we ever want is for the government to get involved.


5 posted on 06/02/2010 3:05:24 PM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: EBH

Thats why I am going for a bachelors in the field, to help companies/businesses/communities deal with crap so that the Gov doesn’t have to get involved.


6 posted on 06/02/2010 3:43:41 PM PDT by Danae (Don't like the Constitution, try living in a country with out one.)
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To: Prospero

The EPA has no intentions of dealing with the oil spill - their goal is to capitalize as much as possible on the event in a way that increases their power and authority. The EPA is nothing but a bunch of political hacks.


7 posted on 06/02/2010 3:50:27 PM PDT by meyer (Big government is the enemy of freedom.)
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To: EBH

One thing I am shocked about is no talk about NIMS.


8 posted on 06/02/2010 4:29:40 PM PDT by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: Danae

Good Luck!!!

It is a very tough field to be in. You will need all your people skills to make it. A Master’s Degree helps too.

I lasted about 15 years. 10 years at a Hazardous Waste Recycling Facility (actually this was a two facility location). And the last 5 working on the decommission of the two research nuclear reactors at NASA Plumbrook.

Definitely look into getting your CHMM Credentials! For students here is the link, http://www.ihmm.org/dspStudentPrograms.cfm

I think this is the Oregon chapter site, http://ahmppdx.com/


9 posted on 06/02/2010 4:43:59 PM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: Prospero

EPA seems more interested right now in finding small businesses that are not yet complying with lead safe work practices and mandates.


10 posted on 06/02/2010 4:53:45 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Prospero; STARWISE; onyx; hoosiermama; SE Mom; maggief; Hoodat; Liz

Thanks for posting this Propero. Not enough people know about it and the media is hiding it from the larger public to protect Obama!

PASS IT AROUND PING! POST IT ON OTHER WEBSITES AND IN THE COMMENT SECTIONS OF ONLINE ARTICLES ABOUT THE SPILL! Let’s get the word out and go around the pole dancing Obama media!

Obama should be held to account!


11 posted on 06/02/2010 6:41:27 PM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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To: penelopesire; Ernest_at_the_Beach; SunkenCiv; MeekOneGOP; BigSkyFreeper; StarFan; nutmeg; ...

Thanks for posting this Propero. Not enough people know about it and the media is hiding it from the larger public to protect Obama!

PASS IT AROUND PING! POST IT ON OTHER WEBSITES AND IN THE COMMENT SECTIONS OF ONLINE ARTICLES ABOUT THE SPILL! Let’s get the word out and go around the pole dancing Obama media!

Obama should be held to account!
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BUMP


12 posted on 06/02/2010 6:45:53 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: penelopesire
Here is the very first mention from the White House regarding a meeting on the BP spill:

President's Schedule - May 10, 2010

2:30PM
THE PRESIDENT holds a meeting to review BP efforts to stop the oil leak
Situation Room
Closed Press

This first meeting comes on DAY 20 - not Day One. And it should be noted that in the twenty days prior to this initial White House meeting, the National Contingency Plan was not followed.

13 posted on 06/02/2010 6:53:59 PM PDT by Hoodat (.For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Hoodat

Excellent catch! Going in the Freeper Keeper file! Thanks for the link. Believe me...it will be used far and wide.


14 posted on 06/02/2010 7:02:15 PM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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To: meyer

obama’s rep’s has acknowledge the manatory plan divised in 1994, but choose not to use it. It could have contained the oil at least 1 hundred miles from the coastline. Would such a responce been benificial to a green agenda? No,it was better to let it flow on the beaches to push a green agenda! Perhaps it was not an accident after all!!


15 posted on 06/02/2010 7:22:04 PM PDT by omegadawn
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To: penelopesire

Absolutely, and will do!! The EPA and this admin. is USING this spill to get their agenda through, and that is the ONLY interest they have in it. They have thwarted every established route to clean up the spill, every one! The Saudi’s have a mechanism that would pump the water and oil into it, filter the oil out and pump the water right back into the ocean, they have used it numerous times very effectively, but get this IT WAS NOT DEVELOPED HERE, therefore BP cannot use it. (heard a caller recounting it on either Rush or Hannity, don’t remember which) Makes a lot a sense!! They don’t want the oil contained and kept from the coast. They want to use it to kill oil production completely.


16 posted on 06/02/2010 8:15:07 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Prospero

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17 posted on 06/02/2010 9:36:43 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: penelopesire; onyx

Are you sending this wider than FR? Rush, Beck, Drudge?


18 posted on 06/02/2010 9:37:49 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: 9YearLurker

They are incompetent just like this Administration!!!!


19 posted on 06/02/2010 11:15:37 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: tutstar

read later


20 posted on 06/03/2010 4:27:46 AM PDT by tutstar (Baptist Ping List-freepmail me to be included or removed. <{{{><)
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To: sportutegrl; All
CO2, essentially a trace gas necessary for life, classified as a pollutant.

Just amazing. Kudos to Steve McIntyre, who provides us with an example all of us need to follow.

21 posted on 06/03/2010 5:03:12 AM PDT by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: Prospero

Fax Key Senators Today

A vote has been set on the Murkowski Amendment for
THIS THURSDAY. That leaves us just a few short but
crucial days for citizens to let their Senators know
what they think about Murkowski’s bill (SJ Res. 26).

Many Senators are sitting on the fence
regarding which way they’ll vote. Now
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22 posted on 06/08/2010 9:06:28 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants"-Albert Camus)
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