|Federal agencies that contribute to EPA's environmental goals, and how they make a difference.|
|Programs by EPA Strategic Goal
1. Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
2. Protecting America's Waters
3. Cleaning Up and Sustainable Development
4. Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution
Programs by Agency
AID, ARC, CNCS, CPSC, CSB, DHS, DOC, DOD, DOE, DOI, DOJ, DOL, DOS, DOT, ED, FHFA, GSA, HHS, HUD, NASA, NRC, NSF, OSTP, SBA, TVA, USDA, USPS, USTR, VA
Department of Commerce
EPA Goal 3: Cleaning Up Communities and
Advancing Sustainable Development
Every year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) responds to more than a hundred oil and chemical spills in U.S. waters, which threaten life, property, and public natural resources. Spills into our coastal waters, whether accidental or intentional, can harm people and the environment and substantially disrupt marine transportation with potential widespread economic impacts. The Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) is charged with responding to oil spills, chemical accidents, and other emergencies in coastal areas. Under the National Contingency Plan, NOAA is responsible for providing scientific support to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for oil and hazardous material spills. To support this mandate, OR&R provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week response to spills.
Source(s) of Information
1. NOAA: Oil and Chemical Spills
2. NOAA: Environmental Restoration
Related EPA Program(s)
Oil Spill: Prevention, Preparedness and Response:
The program includes spill prevention, preparedness, and response activities. The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) serves to prevent oil spills that have potential to reach navigable waters. Area Planning ensures that EPA and other response organizations have identified resources that need to be protected, and methods to effectively coordinate during response. The Facility Response Plan (FRP) requires the largest oil facilities to have capability to respond to a worst-case spill, and EPA’s spill response program has authorities and resources to lead or oversee oil spill response activities.
• Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended by the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990.