Joint Release: EPA, USACE and Washington Department of Ecology - April 29, 2016

Public encouraged to attend oil spill-response workshop May 12 in Pasco
Help develop a response plan to protect the Snake River

PASCO – State and federal agencies are hosting a workshop in Pasco, Wash., for anyone interested in helping develop a response plan that will protect the Snake River in the event of a major oil spill.

The Washington Department of Ecology is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to host the workshop and will discuss the impact of oil spills and effectiveness of response efforts throughout the state.

The workshop is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Ice Harbor Lock & Dam Visitor’s Center, 2339 Monument Dr., Burbank, Wash. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide local insight and comments while viewing and engaging in discussion.

Portions of the workshop will be dedicated to discussing the local plan known as the Snake River Ice Harbor Pool geographic response plan. This response plan focuses on protecting sensitive natural, cultural, and economic sites during an oil spill.

Response plans are developed by Ecology and its partners to increase spill-response readiness, and reduce damage to sensitive resources after a spill occurs. 

The response plan identifies sensitive areas on or near the water, and then recommends strategies and tactics that can be used during the early hours of a spill to protect those resources. The plan shows sites where containment boom can be placed on the water to help collect and contain oil. It also ensures timely notifications to resource managers so they can take action to protect the resources under their control.

Citizens, tribal representatives, local government officials, county emergency managers, port operators and other stakeholders are all encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in learning about planning efforts by state and federal agencies preparing for oil spills should attend.

Contacts:

Josie Clark, Environmental Protection Agency, 206-553-6239

Lisa Copeland, Ecology communications, 360-407-6990, @ecologyWA

Public Affairs, US Army Corps of Engineers, 509-527-7020