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Emergency Support Function #10 in Miami Coordinating Hazardous Materials Response

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017--The Emergency Support Function #10 (ESF 10) is the framework by which federal support is coordinated with state agencies in response to actual or potential oil spills or hazardous material releases. 

Waterway with a lot of debris in the water.
A debris-filled waterway in Key West, Florida, demonstrates the destructive power of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 17, 2017. Hundreds of vessels have been reported damaged or have sunk as a result of Hurricane Irma's force. Teams consisting of federal and state response members are assessing the potential risk of pollution from these vessels. Image credit: U.S. Coast Guard.

Partner agencies, including NOAA, are contributing expertise and experience to the assessment efforts. NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) is providing scientific support and assessment of pollution in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes in Florida and other affected areas.

On September 23, the ESF 10 in Miami distributed a news release detailing the ongoing assessments of the most affected areas to include the ports and waterways of Miami, St. Petersburg, Key West, and Jacksonville, Florida.

Two men standing on dock next to debris-filled waterway.
Members of a Coast Guard Hazardous Materials Assessment Team look for potential threats to the environment presented by damaged boats in Key West, Florida, in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 16, 2017. Hundreds of vessels have been reported damaged or have sunk around the Floridian coast as a result of Hurricane Irma's force. Teams consisting of federal and state response members are assessing the potential risk of pollution from these vessels. Image credit: U.S. Coast Guard.
A boat, tipped on its side, floating in the water.
A boat is discovered mostly submerged in Marathon, Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 16, 2017. Hundreds of vessels have been reported damaged or have sunk as a result of Hurricane Irma's force. Teams consisting of federal and state response members are assessing the potential risk of pollution from these vessels. Image credit: U.S. Coast Guard.