Coast Guard announces National Preparedness Response Exercise Program 2013

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
LOS ANGELES – The Coast Guard will hold a National Preparedness Response Exercise Program pre-exercise Public Outreach event on that is free to attend on May 13, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Static displays such as mobile communications posts, skimming vessels, and other oil spill response equipment will be available for viewing from noon until 4 p.m.

The event will be held in the parking lot at the Dockweiler Youth Center located at 12505 Vista del Mar in Los Angeles.

The actual NPREP exercise will take place on May 14 at an undisclosed location in the vicinity of Los Angeles County.

Agencies/Organizations Participating include U.S. Coast Guard, Chevron, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEMRE), Patriot Environmental Services, Double Barrel Environmental Services, Inc., The Response Group, Kepner Plastics, Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), Clean Harbors, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC), NRC Environmental Services, O’Brien’s Response Management Inc., and more.

The National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) is designed to facilitate the periodic testing of oil spill response plans of certain vessels and facilities. The PREP was developed to provide a mechanism for compliance with the exercise requirements, while being economically feasible for the government and oil industry to adopt and sustain. The PREP is a unified federal effort and satisfies the exercise requirements of the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) Office of Pipeline Safety, and the Minerals Management Service (MMS). Completion of the PREP exercises will satisfy all OPA 90 mandated federal oil pollution response exercise requirements.

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