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IOSC Short Course: An Introduction to the Environmental Unit (EU) for Non-EU Personnel (virtual)

NOAA, Texas General Land Office (GLO), Ramboll, and others
Friday, May 7, 2021 10am PDT

The triennial International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) provides an excellent opportunity to foster and strengthen relationships with government and industry partners, to share experiences, and keep up-to-date with the latest developments and technologies. As part of this effort, IOSC 2021 offers twelve Short Courses, of which scientists from OR&R will teach or co-teach three.

An oil spill is fundamentally an environmental event, therefore, in many cases, the success of an emergency response can hinge on the strength of the Environmental Unit (EU).

This course aims to educate personnel who normally fill other ICS positions about the roles and responsibilities of the EU and how they relate to other positions inside and outside of the Incident Command System (ICS); and how the EU influences decisions made throughout a response.

The EU is often tasked with supporting the response effort by identifying resources at risk; managing the Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) program; leading Endangered Species Act (Section 7) and National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) Consultations, managing waste stream, and coordinating internal and external environmental stakeholder issues.

This will be a discussion-based course taught by several experienced EU practitioners representing federal, state, and responsible party perspectives. The discussion will be practical, informative and lively, so come join us.

NOTE:  This course will be held at 1300-1700 U.S. Eastern Time / 1800-2200 UTC.