Quad Cities Sub-area Contingency Plan

VIII. QC SACP Response Protocol

  1. Incident Command and Jurisdiction

    The first responding local agency will be responsible for establishing an initial command post and implementing an ICS. If jurisdiction is unclear, the responding agencies will confer to determine which agency has jurisdiction. Once jurisdiction has been determined, the local agency having jurisdiction will either assume command, or request that a UCS be established at the local level.

    If jurisdiction is not determined, the initial responding local agency will either maintain command, or request a UCS. When state and federal OSCs arrive at the site, they will confer with the IC. Upon mutual agreement, they will determine whether the state and federal OSCs will integrate into the local ICS, whether the state or federal OSC will take the lead, or whether they will jointly establish a UCS. The lead state agency will be the state from which the lead local agency originates. The lead EPA region will be the region from which the lead local and state agencies originate. If the agencies cannot agree on the issue of command, the FOSC has preemptive authority under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP).

  2. Contractor Oversight

    If the responsible party (RP) is capable and willing to respond to the release, governmental officials will work with the RP to mitigate the spill, while maintaining general oversight. If no Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) is identifiable, or an RP is unwilling or incapable of responding, the IC and OSCs will pursue options available to use government funds to clean up the release. If a contractor (See Section IV. F for more discussion) responds to the spill, it will answer to the agency providing its funding, unless arrangements for supervision by other agencies are agreed to by all parties.

  3. Coordination

    Generally, the responding agencies will function within their normal roles, using their appropriate authorities, expertise, and resources, while working as a team to provide the most efficient response possible. Each local, state and federal lead agency will be responsible for making secondary notifications, and will coordinate the assistance of support agencies at its respective level of government. All major decisions regarding the response to the incident will be made in conference by the local IC and state and federal OSCs, with the RP's representative(s) included as appropriate.

  4. Waterborne Activities

    The IC or UC will designate a Waterborne Command Platform (WCP) during any waterborne activities. The WCP will operate under the authority of a Waterborne Operations Commander (WOC).

  5. Public Information

    The IC may appoint a Public Information Officer and designate a media center in order to facilitate communications with the media. Updates will be provided to the media at intervals determined by the IC. All press releases and news conferences will be coordinated with the state and federal OSCs.

  6. Termination

    When the IC terminates an incident, a notice of termination will be sent to all responding agencies. To the extent it is feasible, the IC and the state and federal OSCs will coordinate their release of reports, along with any additional information that they have obtained from supporting agencies at their respective levels. When appropriate, the lead local, state and federal regulatory agencies should also consider coordinating their efforts to recover costs. The IC and the OSCs will also work together to arrange for a critique of the incident.

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