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www.uscg.mil/proceedings 30 Proceedings Winter 2013–2014 Congress passed the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, thus creating the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR), which consists of 15 members represent- ing federal independent agencies, departments, and department components includ- ing the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The committee's purpose can be summarized in two objectives: • prepare a comprehensive, coordinated federal oil pollution research and development plan; • promote cooperation with industry, universities, research institutions, state governments, and other nations through information sharing, coordinated planning, and joint project funding. Through these objectives, the ICCOPR is able to spread awareness of the latest research advances in controlling oil pollution in a number of environments, including the outer continental shelf (OCS). Capitalizing on Membership Expertise Congress established the ICCOPR's membership to address all aspects of oil pollution research. As such, ICCOPR agency involvement includes NASA and the U.S. Fire Administration. R e s p o n s e Oil Spill Research The Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research. by CDR ERIC MILLER Chief, Industry and Interagency Coordination Division U.S. Coast Guard Offce of Marine Environmental Response Policy In 1989, Rear Admiral Joel D. Sipes, then chief of the Coast Guard Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection Directorate, testifed before Congress about the need for better organized oil spill research. He stated: "The Coast Guard recognizes that the oil industry and other federal departments and agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Department of Energy, have their own oil spill technology research and development needs and plans. Because of this wide and varied interest, federal research and development in the future must be coordinated to prevent duplication of efort. The Coast Guard, as the agency responsible and accountable for response in the Coastal Zone, is prepared to take the lead, under Secretary Skinner's [Department of Transportation] direction in coordinating research and development eforts in oil spill response." Winter �2013_45.indd 30 2/10/14 9:31 AM