SEAPRO Technical Manual

Part 7 - Non-Mechanical Response Options

SEAPRO Information

Nonmechanical response options include the use of dispersants, in-situ burning and bioremediation. Prior to the use of any non-mechanical response options, applicable permits and permissions must be obtained from the appropriate regulatory agencies.

SEAPRO does not currently plan to use nonmechanical response options.

Regulatory Citations

State Regulations

State of Alaska regulations under 18 AAC 75.425 specify that the following information be included within the Non-Mechanical Response section of a plan:

"If applicable, a description of actions to be taken to obtain the necessary permits and approvals to initiate dispersant application, in situ burning or other nonmechanical response methods, the basis for determining the conditions or circumstances under which these options will be used, and how the nonmechanical response techniques will be implemented, including a description of all required equipment and personnel.” (18 AAC 75.425(e)(1)(G))

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) Guidelines

ADEC Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan Application and Review Guidelines provide, in part, the following information regarding required contents of this section:

"The Department evaluates the ability of an applicant to meet the appropriate RPS by considering mechanical response capability (i.e., booms, skimmers, pumps, and other oil recovery resources) only. The plan holder is not required to plan for non-mechanical response; however, if it is proposed as an option, non-mechanical response procedures must be included in this section of the plan.

Procedures to initiate nonmechanical response, and equipment and resources available, must be described. If a contractor is to be used, contact numbers must be given.

Approval by ADEC and the Alaska Regional Response Team is necessary for both in situ burning and dispersant use.”