The Incident Management Division of Sector Northern New England under direction of the, Response Officer and the Incident Management Chief, perform the following duties:
1) Coordinate Sector search and rescue planning and execution.
2)Develop and update the Sector Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for search and rescue (SAR).
3)Coordinate operations and logistics for pollution incidents, marine casualties, terrorism, natural and terrorist disaster relief and mitigation, port contingencies, marine firefighting, and marine transportation emergencies.
4)Support the sector contingency planning and force readiness staff in directing and monitoring sector-wide preparedness operations for pollution, marine casualties, terrorism, natural disasters, port contingencies, marine firefighting, and marine transportation emergencies.
5) Exercise general supervision over the operation of small boats assigned to sector units. Establish configuration control, operating limits, policies, and ensure replacement of nonstandard boats.
The Coast Guard obtains its pollution investigation authority through pollution response laws. These laws give us many different authorities such as pollution prevention regulations, access to monies for cleanup of pollution, assessing penalties and required notifications for releases.
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) is the primary law used for response and enforcement of oil pollution and hazardous substance releases on or upon the navigable waters of the United States, or tributaries there of.
The Clean Water Act (CWA) amended the FWPCA and made the following provisions:
The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) amended the CWA and made the following provisions:
The Comprehensive Environmental Response and Compensation Liability Act (CERCLA)
Through these Federal environmental laws the Coast Guard requires that upon a discharge of oil or release of a hazardous substance that the persons responsible or witnesses immediately notify the
National Response Center, (NRC, 1-800-424-8802)
Failure to notify is a violation of Federal Law and can lead to severe criminal penalties.
THE USE OF DISPERSANTS (DISH SOAP) TO DISAPATE THE PRESENSE OF OIL IN A U.S. NAVIGABLE WATERWAY IS ILLEGAL AND CARRIES SEVERE CRIMINAL PENALTIES.