Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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67 Spring 2015 Proceedings www.uscg.mil/proceedings at the Pacifc Strike Team, and as operations offcer at the National Strike Force Coordination Center. He has participated in the responses to Hurri- cane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the MODU Kulluk grounding. He holds a B.S. in marine environmental science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. LTJG Leigh Van Lear has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for fve years and has served at the Pacifc Strike Team as the chemical offcer and response offcer. She received a B.A. in marine affairs from the University of Miami and was commissioned after graduating from Offcer Candidate School in December 2011. Bibliography: Hoarders on the water? Hazardous materials found at Port of West Sac: Coast Guard cleans barges. KCRA.com. Available at www.kcra.com/news/local-news/news-sacra- mento/hoarders-on-the-water/21818372. Samoa Pulp Mill being cleaned by several agencies. News Channel 3. Available at http:// kiem-tv.com/video/samoa-pulp-mill-being-cleaned-several-agencies. Houston, W (2014). Samoa pulp mill liquors completely removed, sludges remain. Times- Standard. Available at www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_26519198/samoa- pulp-mill-liquors-completely-removed-sludges-remain. USCG Commandant ADM Paul Zukunft, "USCG Commandant's Direction 2014, Available at www.uscg.mil/seniorleadership/DOCS/CCG_Direction_2014.pdf. West Sacramento Lash Barge Response Plan, 2013. USCG Sector San Francisco Inci- dent Management Division. OSC Steve Calanog, Samoa Pulp Mill, EPA SITREP #1-13, 2013-2014. Washington, DC: Environmental Protection Agency. Available at www.epaosc.org/site/sitrep_ profle.aspx?site_id=8891&counter=21804. CDR Keith Donohue. USCG NSF 043-13 West Sacramento Case Summary Message. Washington, DC: U.S. Coast Guard, 2013. an organization, other than the NSF, with the skill sets and equipment necessary to mitigate the hazards on this par- ticular site. So, the PST deployed a 14-person hazmat team, and worked with Environmental Protection Agency person- nel to pump approximately 168,000 gallons of caustic pulp liquors into temporary storage tanks. The team also helped identify and segregate the acids and various lab chemicals. The PST remobilized again in February 2014, with an eight- member pumping team to assist in pumping the remain- ing pulping liquors from the storage tanks into the tanker trucks that transported them to another paper mill facility for recycling. Pacifc Strike Team members continue to gain experience on this site, as they are projected to support the EPA in mitigating the remaining chemical hazards through 2015. The Road to Excellence These cases are good examples of how the NSF is fulflling the Coast Guard marine environmental protection mission, and they also encompass the ideals within the Comman- dant's Direction 2014 to commit ourselves to excellence by supporting and executing our operations in a profcient and professional manner. The National Strike Force is the only unit within the Coast Guard with the specialized equipment, technically trained personnel, and organizational structure to support these types of responses. Moreover, these unique operational pro- cesses feed into a larger pool of expertise and ensure that the NSF is ready to respond in the future. About the authors: LT Bryan Naranjo has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 12 years. He has dedicated his time to the National Strike Force and has served in the Preparedness to Response Oil Spill Exercise Program, as operations offcer MK2 Jeffrey Burby, Pacifc Strike Team, lowers a chemical-resistant pump into a degraded tank. U.S. Coast Guard photos by MKC Travis Olson. MK2 Jeffrey Burby and BM1 Nicholas Poen, Pacifc Strike Team mem- bers, set up a chemical pumping system.

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