Working together to protect against threats to our land, air and water

The U.S. National Response Team (NRT) provides technical assistance, resources and coordination on preparedness, planning, response and recovery activities for emergencies involving hazardous substances, pollutants and contaminants, oil, and weapons of mass destruction in natural and technological disasters and other environmental incidents of national significance.

To Report Oil and Chemical Spills, and Hazardous Material Releases Call the National Response Center:
1-800-424-8802 or 202-267-2675 More info
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2023 NRT-RRT Co-Chairs Meeting

More information regarding the 2023 NRT-RRT Co-Chairs Meeting is available here (login required). The meeting is open to NRT and RRT Co-Chairs and Coordinators only. The registration/hotel reservation deadline is January 13, 2023.

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Quick Reference Guides

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Ethanol Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) for Federal On-Scene Coordinators (FOSCs) can be accessed via the following links:

Biological QRGs

Chemical QRGs

Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) and Radiological Dispersion Devices (RDD) QRGs

Ethanol QRG

For NRT and RRT users only - Emerging Threat Briefs (ETBs) are available on the NRT Members group page (password protected). OSCs should contact the NRT Executive Director to request a copy of ETBs.

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National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan and the National Response System Independent Study Course (IS-1190)

The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) and the National Response System (NRS) Independent Study Course (IS-1190) (external link) is available on the Emergency Management Institute website. The course goal is to educate stakeholders and a larger audience on planning for and responding to environmental incidents, and to highlight how the NCP/NRS and the National Response Framework (NRF)/Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) align. The primary audience of the training is NRS stakeholders, first responders, emergency management professionals, and state and local appointed/elected officials. Secondary audiences is industry members and the public who support planning and response activities related to environmental incidents.

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Department of Transportation Oil Spill Exercise and Response Videos

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) developed two oil spill planning exercise training videos. The videos were developed in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSSE).

Overview of Oil Spill Exercise & Response - This video covers the history, authorities, and complexities of oil spill response and outlines how the oil spill response community works together on planning. It also provides an overview of oil spill exercises and response.

Anatomy of Oil Spill Exercise & Response - This video provides examples of roles and responsibilities during oil spill exercises and events. It highlights the Unified Command and Incident Command System functions and how the Planning P is utilized during an exercise or incident.

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