Coast Guard, T&T Marine, Texas General Land Office respond to tar ball found on Texas coast

Coast Guard, T&T Marine, Texas General Land Office respond to tar ball found on Texas coast
TEXAS CITY, Texas — Coast Guard members partnered with T&T Marine and Texas General Land Office specialists to clean up a naturally occurring tar ball that was discovered on Surfside Beach near Freeport Monday. A beachgoer contacted the National Response Center to report that a large tar ball had washed ashore. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City responded with personnel from their...

Coast Guard crew completes multi-beach cleanup on Tinian

Coast Guard crew completes multi-beach cleanup on Tinian
GUAM – Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Assateague, a 110-foot patrol boat home ported in Apra Harbor, Guam, completed a cleanup of eight beaches on the remote island of Tinian Thursday. The crew managed to walk, wade and swim around the sharp-edged reefs that separate each beach, successfully collecting over 850 cubic feet of marine debris, equivalent to the waste generated by an average...

Coast Guard participates in 2013 National Preparedness Response Exercise Program

Coast Guard participates in 2013 National Preparedness Response Exercise Program
LOS ANGELES – Nearly 250 first responders participated in a National Preparedness Response Exercise Program in Los Angeles including U.S. Coast Guard, Chevron, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response, NOAA, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Los Angeles County Fire Department, El Segundo Fire Department, Oiled Wildlife Care Network, Marine...

Coast Guard, LADEQ respond to odor in New Orleans area

Coast Guard, LADEQ respond to odor in New Orleans area
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard, along with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and partner agencies, are responding to reports of an odor that was in the vicinity of New Orleans, Wednesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received the report of an odor extending throughout parts of the greater New Orleans area, including parts of Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard parishes...

Multi-agency HAZMAT release, oil spill response preparedness meeting held in Myrtle Beach

Multi-agency HAZMAT release, oil spill response preparedness meeting held in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Representatives from county emergency management agencies, oil spill response organizations, state on-scene coordinators, universities and multiple federal agencies came together in Myrtle Beach for a semi-annual Regional Response Team meeting for FEMA Region IV Tuesday through Thursday. The meeting, mandated under the National Contingency Plan, is intended to strengthen the...

Primary Recovery Efforts Completed in East Jefferson Street Bridge Train Derailment

Primary Recovery Efforts Completed in East Jefferson Street Bridge Train Derailment
Paulsboro – The Unified Command announced Monday that three rail cars were successfully transferred from barges, re-railed and transported away from the site. This activity concludes primary recovery operations at the East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment incident site in Paulsboro. “I am truly thankful for the efforts of the nearly 250 professionals who contributed their expertise, commitment...

Three Rail Cars Removed From East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment

Three Rail Cars Removed From East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment
Paulsboro, N.J. – The Unified Command announced Friday that three more rail cars containing vinyl chloride have been successfully removed from the East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment incident site in Paulsboro, N.J. One of the removed cars was secured to a barge on the Mantua Creek, another was re-railed and moved with its adjoining car away from the incident site. “The first car we...

Status Update for East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment

Status Update for East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment
CLARKSBORO, N.J. – The Unified Command continues debris removal Wednesday in preparation for transporting additional derailed cars from the site. Response crews successfully removed the breached rail car Tuesday afternoon and transferred it to a barge. In response to community concerns following Tuesday night’s community informational forum, the Unified Command is distributing information on the...

Operation Home Safely clears 160+ homes

Operation Home Safely clears 160+ homes
CLARKSBORO, N.J. — The Unified Command announced Saturday that Operation Home Safely returned the residents of more than 160 homes in the Paulsboro evacuation area after air testing showed no detectable level of vinyl chloride. Crews continue Saturday to check in-home air quality and provide air monitoring results. “We are pleased that through Operation Home Safely, we returned the majority...