Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 3224 JULY 2016 • FOGHORN SAFETYMATTERS By Eric Christensen, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management P r o b a b l y t o o e a r l y f o r Ghostbusters references, but I could not resist with this month’s topic. Oil spills are a rare event for domestic passenger vessels, but if they are not handled properly they can result in a real headache. The National Response Center (NRC) is the federal government’s national communications center, and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by U.S. Coast Guard personnel with pollution expertise. The NRC is the sole federal point of contact for reporting all hazardous substances releases and oil spills and should be the first call you make if you notice a spill or are respon- sible for a spill. The NRC receives all reports of releases involving hazardous substances and oil that trigger federal notification requirements. If you get nothing else out of this article, make sure that your response plans or procedures contain the following number for the NRC: 1-800-424-8802 Reporting Responsibilities Any person in charge of a vessel or an onshore or offshore facility must notify NRC immediately after he or she has knowledge of a spill. You need not be the responsible party to report the spill. If reporting directly to the NRC is not possible, reports also can be made to the EPA Regional office or the U.S. Coast Guard Sector via the command center in the area where the incident occurred. In general, EPA should be contacted if the incident involves a release to inland areas or inland waters. The U.S. Coast Guard should be contacted for releases to coastal waters, the Great Lakes, ports and harbors, or the Mississippi River. EPA or the U.S. Coast Guard will relay release and spill reports to the NRC promptly. Have a Spill – Who you Gonna Call?