Coast Guard, federal, state, local agencies respond to chemical leak near Elizabeth River

Coast Guard, federal, state, local agencies respond to chemical leak near Elizabeth River
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard, federal, state and local first responders are responding Wednesday to a sodium hydroxide chemical leak in Norfolk along the Elizabeth River. It was initially reported the tank was overloaded. Information received since indicates the tank was leaking and not overloaded. Norfolk Fire-Rescue contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads command center personnel at approximately...

Coast Guard Research and Development Center teams with partner agencies for Arctic awareness

Coast Guard Research and Development Center teams with partner agencies for Arctic awareness
SEWARD, Alaska — For a second year, members of the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, based in New London, Connecticut, make their way to the large ice floes of the Arctic Ocean to conduct research and test new equipment and technologies with the aim of expanding our knowledge and enhancing our ability to respond to potential hazards and emergencies brought on by increased vessel traffic...

Coast Guard responds to anhydrous ammonia leak on Houston Ship Channel

Coast Guard responds to anhydrous ammonia leak on Houston Ship Channel
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard and Pasadena Fire and Rescue crews responded to an anhydrous ammonia leak on the Houston Ship Channel west of the Beltway 8 bridge Friday, temporarily ordering a shelter in place and closing the Beltway 8 bridge, Interstate 610 bridge and the Houston Ship Channel. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston were notified at about 9:45 p.m., shortly after the incident...

Coast Guard publishes draft environmental assessment for planned Arctic operations

Coast Guard publishes draft environmental assessment for planned Arctic operations
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard plans to conduct air, water and shore-side operations to meet mission requirements throughout the Arctic region from July through October 2014, and in future years to support ongoing Arctic activities. The Coast Guard has prepared a draft environmental assessment, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, to evaluate a preferred alternative and a...

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...