RRT-6 Homepage

Dallas, TX - Region VI

Site Contact:

Steve Mason
OSC

Mason.Steve@epa.gov

Dallas, TX 75202
response.epa.gov/rrt6-homepage

Latitude: 32.7844170
Longitude: -96.8056276

Co-Chairs: Ronnie Crossland, EPA Region 6; Michael Sams, USCG 8th District
Alternate Co-Chairs: Monica Smith, EPA Region 6; Lieutenant Commander Paul Mangini, USCG 8th District
Coordinators: Steve Mason, EPA Region 6; Todd Peterson, USCG 8th District
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Committee Chairs
Science & Technology: Steve Buschang, TGLO; Paige Doelling, NOAA
Response: Adam Tyndale, USCG; Althea Foster, EPA Region 6
Preparedness: Karolien Debusschere, LOSCO; Damara Oos, USCG District 8
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Region 6 RRT Meetings

The Region 6 RRT meets two times per year at varying locations around the Region. Meeting dates, locations and agendas are provided here for upcoming meetings.

Next Region 6 RRT meeting:
Tuesday - Thursday, May 9-11, 2017.

Location: EPA Region 6 Training Center, 166550 Westgrove Road, Addison, TX.

Tuesday (afternoon), May 9 -- Executive Committee Meeting
Wednesday (all day), May 10 -- RRT General Meeting
Thursday (all day), May 11 -- RRT General Meeting

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To learn more about our RRT, click on the Documents Tab to the right, and click on the RRT 101 tab to access our "Introduction to the Region 6 RRT" presentation

Under the Documents Tab, you will find:
Response Plans
volume 1 - Regional Contingency Plan (RCP)
volume 2 - Coastal Area Contingency Plans (ACPs)
volume 3 - Inland Area Contingency Plan (ACP)
volume 4 - Compendium of Appendices
Meeting Summaries / Agendas
To view past meeting presentations, click on the links tab, and go to the
RRT meeting presentations link
Activation Summaries of the RRT6
RRT Fact Sheets

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Region 6 RRT: Who We Are

RRT 6 is the federal component of the National Response System for the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Region 6 RRT is composed of representatives from sixteen federal departments and agencies and each of the five States.

It is co-chaired by the Chief of the Removal Branch from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regional office in Dallas, Texas, and the Chief, Marine Safety Division, of the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) Eighth District Office, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It usually meets twice a year at various locations throughout the region.

There are 13 Regional Response Teams (RRTs), one for each of ten federal regions, plus one for Alaska, one for the Caribbean, and one for the Pacific Basin. Each RRT maintains a Regional Contingency Plan (RCP) and has state, as well as federal government, representation.

The standing RRTs are planning, policy and coordinating bodies and do not respond directly to the scene. The RRT provides assistance as requested by the On-Scene Coordinator during an incident.

Additionally, the Region 6 RRT is responsible for preparedness activities including planning, training, and exercising to ensure an effective response to releases of hazardous substances and oil spills.
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Region 6 RRT Mission Statement

The mission of the Region 6 Regional Response Team (RRT) is to protect public health and safety and the environment by ensuring coordinated, efficient, and effective support of the federal, state, tribal, local, and international responses to significant oil and hazardous substance incidents within Region 6, as mandated by the National Contingency Plan (NCP).

We are also committed to providing for the development of the Regional Contingency Plan (RICP), as well as Area Contingency Plans (ACPs) and coordination of preparedness activities prior to a pollution incident by addressing regional and international issues and providing guidance to industry, State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs), Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCs), and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs).
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Region 6 RRT Goals & Objectives

GOALS:

Under the NCP, Section 300.115(b)(2):

The incident-specific Regional Response Team shall support the response, coordination, and other efforts of the designated On-Scene Coordinator/Remedial Project Manager [as well as State, Tribal, and local response organizations] at the scene of a discharge or release.

Under the NCP, Section 300.115(i):

The standing RRT shall recommend changes in the regional response organization as needed, revise the Regional Integrated Contingency Plan as needed, evaluate the preparedness of the participating agencies and the effectiveness of Area Contingency Plans for the federal response to discharges and releases, and provide technical assistance for preparedness to the response community. The standing Regional Response Team shall be responsible for Regional planning and coordination of preparedness and response actions.

OBJECTIVES:

Under the NCP, Section 300.115(i), the RRT should:

1.Review and comment on local response plans or other preparedness issues upon request of a LEPC;

2.Evaluate regional and local responses to discharges or releases, and recommend improvements;

3.Recommend revisions of the NCP to the NRT;

4.Review OSC actions to ensure that the RICP and ACPs are effective;

5.Encourage the state and local response community to improve its preparedness for response;

6.Conduct advance planning for use of dispersants; surface washing, surface collecting, burning, bioremediation, or other chemical agents in accordance with subpart J of the NCP;

7.Prepare for provision of response resources to major discharges or releases outside the region;

8.Conduct or participate in training and exercises to encourage preparedness activities within the region;

9.Meet at least semiannually to review response actions, consider changes in the RCP, and recommend changes in ACPs;

10.Provide reports on RRT activities to the NRT twice a year; and

11.Ensure participation in the national exercise program.
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For additional information, visit the Notices section.