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Spill of National Significance (SONS) Exercise on March 22
A logo for the SONS exercise.

MARCH 9, 2018 — On March 22, the acting NOAA administrator and representatives from the National Ocean Service will participate in a national level Spill of National Significance (SONS) exercise on the DOC’s behalf at the invitation of the Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Executives from 15 agencies and a National Security Council representative will gather in the DC area to discuss policy level issues and coordination mechanisms in the context of oil spill scenarios that could be declared a SONS under the National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan. NOAA has roles defined in law to provide scientific support, conduct natural resource damage assessments, and provide support from a range of agency capabilities including weather, fisheries, protected resources, satellite analysis, marine and aviation operations, and emergency navigation. 

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