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National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Notice; request for public comment.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Minerals Management Service, in concert with representatives from various State governments, industry, environmental interest groups, and the general public, developed the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines to reflect the consensus agreement of the entire oil spill response community. This notice announces the PREP triennial exercise cycle for 2006 through 2008, requests comments from the public, and requests industry participants to volunteer for scheduled PREP Area exercises. Additionally, this notice requests comments on the design and delivery of Government-led PREP exercises.

DATES:

Comments and related material must reach the Docket Management Facility on or before March 6, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments identified by Coast Guard docket number USCG-2005-23339 to the Docket Management Facility at the U.S. Department of Transportation. To avoid duplication, please use only one of the following methods:

(1) Web Site: http://dms.dot.gov.

(2) Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

(3) Fax: 202-493-2251.

(4) Delivery: Room PL-401 on the Plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

If you have questions on this notice, or need general information regarding the PREP or the triennial exercise schedule, contact Lieutenant Commander Mark Cunningham, Office of Response, Plans and Preparedness Division (G-MOR-2), U.S. Coast Guard, telephone 202-267-2877, fax 202-267-4065, or e-mail MCunningham@comdt.uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Ms. Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-493-0402.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Participation and Request for Comments

We encourage you to respond to this notice by submitting comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted, without change, to http://dms.dot.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. We have an agreement with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to use the Docket Management Facility. Please see DOT's “Privacy Act” paragraph below.

Submitting comments: If you submit a comment, please include your name and address, identify the docket number for this notice (USCG-2005-23339), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and give the reason for each comment. You may submit your comments and material by electronic means, mail, fax, or delivery to the Docket Management Facility at the address under ADDRESSES; but please submit your comments and material by only one means. If you submit them by mail or delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81/2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit them by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. We may change this triennial exercise schedule as well as other elements of the PREP in view of them.

Viewing comments and documents: To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://dms.dot.gov at any time and conduct a simple search using the last five digits of the docket number. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room PL-401 on the Plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Privacy Act: Anyone can search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the Department of Transportation's Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477), or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov.

Background and Purpose

In 1994, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) of the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the Department of the Interior, coordinated the development of the PREP Guidelines to provide guidelines for compliance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) pollution response exercise requirements (33 U.S.C. 1321(j)). The guiding principles for PREP distinguish between internal and external exercises. Internal exercises are conducted within the planholder's organization. External exercises extend beyond the planholder's organization to involve other members of the response community. External exercises are separated into two categories: area exercises, and Government-initiated, unannounced exercises. External exercises are designed to evaluate the entire pollution response mechanism in a given geographic area to ensure adequate response preparedness.

A National Schedule Coordination Committee (NSCC) was established for scheduling Area exercises. The NSCC is comprised of personnel representing the four Federal regulating agencies—the USCG, EPA, MMS, and PHMSA's Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS). Since 1994, the NSCC has published a triennial schedule of area exercises. Area exercises involve the entire response community including Federal, State, local, tribal, and non-government organizations, and industry participants; therefore, these area exercises require more extensive planning than other oil spill response exercises. The PREP Guidelines describe all of these exercises in more detail.

Source for PREP Documents

The Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Area exercise schedule and exercise design manuals are available on the Internet at http://www.uscg.mil/​hq/​nsfweb/​nsfcc/​prep/​federalregister.html. To obtain a hard copy of the exercise design manual, contact Ms. Melanie Barber at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Pipeline Safety at 202-366-4560. The 2002 PREP Guidelines booklet is available at no cost on the Internet at http://www.uscg.mil/​hq/​nsfweb/​nsfcc/​prep/​federalregister.html or by writing or faxing the TASC DEPT Warehouse, 33141Q 75th Avenue, Landover, MD Start Printed Page 12520785, facsimile: 301-386-5394. The stock number of the manual is USCG-X0241. Please indicate the quantity when ordering. Quantities are limited to 10 per order.

PREP Schedule

Table 1 below lists the dates and Federal Register cites of past PREP exercise notices.

Table 1.—PAST PREP EXERCISE NOTICES

Date publishedFederal Register citeNotice
September 21, 200469 FR 56445PREP triennial exercise schedule for 2005, 2006, and 2007.
February 5, 200469 FR 5562Revision to PREP triennial exercise schedule for 2004, 2005, and 2006.
October 16, 200368 FR 59627PREP triennial exercise schedule for 2004, 2005, and 2006.
October 30, 200267 FR 66189PREP triennial exercise schedule for 2003, 2004, and 2005.
January 22, 200267 FR 2944PREP triennial exercise schedule for 2002, 2003, and 2004.
February 9, 200166 FR 9744PREP triennial exercise schedule for 2001, 2002, and 2003.
March 7, 200065 FR 12049PREP triennial exercise schedule for 2000, 2001, and 2002.
June 15, 199964 FR 32090PREP triennial exercise schedule for 1999, 2000, and 2001.
January 8, 199863 FR 1141PREP triennial exercise schedule for 1998, 1999, and 2000.
March 26, 199762 FR 14494PREP triennial exercise schedule for 1997, 1998, and 1999.
January 26, 199661 FR 2568Correction to PREP triennial exercise schedule for 1996, 1997, and 1998.
November 13, 199560 FR 57050PREP triennial exercise schedule for 1996, 1997, and 1998.
October 26, 199459 FR 53858Revision to PREP triennial exercise schedule for 1995, 1996, and 1997.
March 25, 199459 FR 14254PREP triennial exercise schedule for 1995, 1996, and 1997.

This notice announces the next triennial schedule of area exercises. The PREP schedule for calendar years 2006, 2007, and 2008 for Government-led and Industry-led Area exercises is available on the Internet at http://www.uscg.mil/​hq/​nsfweb/​nsfcc/​prep/​PREP%20CY2006-2008%20DRAFT.xls. If a company wants to volunteer for an Area exercise, a company representative may call either the Coast Guard or EPA on-scene coordinator where the exercise is scheduled.

Design and Delivery of Government-Led PREP exercises

The National Strike Force Coordination Center (NSFCC) designs and coordinates the delivery of Government-led PREP exercises. If you have concerns or recommended improvements to the Government-led PREP exercises, please submit those using the procedures described under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. If sufficient interest exists, the NSFCC, in coordination with the NSCC, may hold a public workshop to determine improvements to the method in which they develop and deliver Government-led PREP exercises.

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Dated: December 28, 2005.

Craig E. Bone,

Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection.

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[FR Doc. E5-8203 Filed 12-30-05; 8:45 am]

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