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Oil Response Training - Basic Course
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)

This 5-day course is designed for On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who are involved in inland oil spill prevention and cleanup . The course, which covers portions of the legislation in the National Contingency Plan and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, provides practical information for control and cleanup of inland oil spills.

Topics that are covered include the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, revisions to the National Contingency Plan, basic technical issues associated with inland oil spills, oil spill prevention, and cleanup and treatment technologies of agencies responding to inland oil spills, and monitoring requirements.  Instructional methods include lectures, problem sessions, and hands-on exercises that emphasize the practical and problem-solving skills related to spill control and cleanup.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss how major legislation (including the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund) relates to spill control and cleanup activities.
  • Identify basic technical issues associated with inland oil spills.
  • Identify the basics of spill prevention control and countermeasure regulations.
  • Use basic cleanup and treatment technologies.
  • Discuss various agencies’ roles when responding to inland oil spills.
The course instructors include federal and state OSCs who may also serve as technical advisors in oil spill control and cleanup.     Contact Fred Stroud, U.S. EPA, (702) 784-8007 for additional information.
In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at

Continuing Education Units: 3.6

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*
For general information contact Registrar by telephone at 513-251-7669 or via e-mail at

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