In-situ Burn Workshop for Straits of Mackinac
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017--On August 30, Regional Response Team (RRT) Region 5 held a site specific in-situ burn (ISB) workshop in Mackinaw City, Michigan.
The goal of the workshop was to discuss the feasibility of in-situ burning as a response technique in the Great Lakes region, specifically the Straits of Mackinac.
Participants included federal, state, and local agencies and industry.
Primary issues addressed were:
- Environmental conditions at the time of the spill that would be acceptable to allow a burn.
- Acquisition of a fire boom for the region and the time needed to deploy the boom in the event of a spill.
- Process to receive an emergency declaration from the State of Michigan Governor to use ISB.
- Deployment of air monitoring equipment and the levels of concern.
- Impacts on threatened and endangered species in the area, specifically Piping Plover.
- Tradeoffs of using ISB versus using other response techniques.
At the conclusion of the meeting, it was agreed that in-situ burning is a viable response option for the scenario that was presented during the meeting. However, there were several follow-up items that needed to be addressed before RRT approval for ISB use for an actual spill.
For further information, contact Michael.E.Doig@noaa.gov.