For Immediate Release - May 10, 2013

Revere, Saugus and Lynn Join MassDEP for Oil Spill Field Exercise

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and its Marine Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program will sponsor an oil spill field exercise in Revere on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 involving emergency responders from Revere, Saugus and Lynn.

The field exercise will bring together first-responders from these three communities to deploy oil spill response equipment from the trailers previously provided to coastal communities by MassDEP, using funding from the Oil Spill Act. The exercise will also test oil spill protection strategies identified in the Geographic Response Plan (GRP) completed for this area. The GRP is a map-based oil spill response plan that MassDEP is developing for all coastal areas in order to protect sensitive natural resources if a real spill occurred.

The field exercise will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the waters of the Pines River. The responders will gather at the Point of Pines Yacht Club, 28 Rice Avenue, Revere.

The U.S. Coast Guard and other state and federal agencies have also been invited to participate in this oil spill field exercise.

For more information on the Marine Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program, visit: Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention and Response Efforts

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.