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New River Sunken Vessel

All POL/SITREP's for this site New River Sunken Vessel
Fort Lauderdale, FL - EPA Region IV
POLREP #1 and Final
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New River Sunken Vessel - Removal Polrep
Initial and Final Removal Polrep

EPA Emergency Response

Region IV

Subject: POLREP #1
POLREP #1 and Final
New River Sunken Vessel

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Latitude: 26.0984980 Longitude: -80.1718520

From: Terry Stilman, On-Scene Coordinator
Date: 7/29/2013
Reporting Period: 07/27/2013 - 07/28/2013

1. Introduction
  1.1 Background
Site Number: Z4WH    Contract Number:  
D.O. Number:      Action Memo Date:  
Response Authority: OPA    Response Type: Emergency
Response Lead: EPA    Incident Category: Removal Action
NPL Status: Non NPL    Operable Unit:
Mobilization Date: 7/27/2013    Start Date: 7/27/2013
Demob Date: 7/28/2013    Completion Date: 7/28/2013
ERNS No.:    State Notification:
FPN#: E13426    Reimbursable Account #: Z4WH

1.1.1 Incident Category

Emergency Response to a discharge of gasoline into a residential canal which is a tributary to the New River.

1.1.2 Site Description

On 27-JUL-13, a partially sunken vessel was discovered in the inter-costal waterway.  Due to the presence of oil within the partially sunken vessel causing a discharge and the lack of resources by the boat owner, OSC Stilman issued a pollution removal funding authorization to FLDEP, under the oil fund to prevent further discharge. Location
The discharge occurred in a residential canal which empties into the New River Description of Threat

The vessel’s bilge pump was not operating which caused the vessel to fill up with water due to heavy rains in the area and the vessel ultimately sank.  At the time of the sinking, the fuel tank was full and preceded to slowly release unleaded gasoline and other oils into the waterway.

2. Current Activities
  2.1 Operations Section
    2.1.1 Narrative

2.1.2 Response Actions to Date

Based on the lack of response by the vessel owner, the ongoing discharge and the distance from EPA response resources, OSC Stilman issued a Pollution Removal Funding Authorization to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FLDEP).

FLDEP and FLDEP contractors raised and secured the vessel and removed gasoline and lubricating oil.  Absorbent pads were also used to remediate oil discharged to the canal.

All response activities were completed by 7/28/2013.  A follow-up visit by FLDEP found no additional discharge of oil to the water.
2.1.3 Enforcement Activities, Identity of Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs)
FLDEP and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department were unable to arrange for response by the vessel owner.  Enforcement activity follow-up will be undertaken by the USCG.

2.1.4 Progress Metrics

Waste Stream Medium Quantity Manifest # Treatment Disposal

  2.2 Planning Section
    2.2.1 Anticipated Activities Planned Response Activities
No further action is planned by EPA or FLDEP.  All response actions are complete.

  2.3 Logistics Section
    No information available at this time.

  2.4 Finance Section
    No information available at this time.

  2.5 Other Command Staff
    No information available at this time.

3. Participating Entities

4. Personnel On Site
  FLDEP - 1
FLDEP Contractors - 6

5. Definition of Terms
  No information available at this time.

6. Additional sources of information
  No information available at this time.

7. Situational Reference Materials
  No information available at this time.