Coast Guard to receive award for oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response

11th Coast Guard District NewsSAN PEDRO, Calif. – Members of the Coast Guard will receive a 2012 Legacy Award for oil spill prevention, preparedness and response, May 16, for their efforts during the investigation of the sunken World War II tanker ship S.S. Montebello.

Members of the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force will present the award during the Clean Pacific Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

One of six awards to be given, Coast Guard members of the S.S. Montebello Unified Command will be recognized for the operation that successfully concluded that the sunken tanker posed no threat to the California coastline and nearby marine sanctuaries.

The Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force is comprised of senior executives from environmental agencies with oil spill regulatory authority in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii and the Province of British Columbia.

Legacy Awards are given to industry, non-profit, or public agency organizations and individuals, or for team efforts. The Task Force gives Legacy Awards for projects, accomplishments, or leadership that demonstrate innovation, management commitment, and improvements in oil spill prevention, preparedness or response resulting in enhanced environmental protection. Efforts to promote partnerships and involve the public are favored.

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