The mission of the Region 10 Regional Response Team (RRT) and the Northwest Area Committee (NWAC) is to protect public health and safety and the environment by ensuring coordinated, efficient, and effective support of the federal, state, tribal, local, and international responses to significant oil and hazardous substance incidents within the Pacific Northwest Region as mandated by the National Contingency Plan (NCP). We are also committed to providing for the development of the NWAC plan and coordination of preparedness activities prior to a pollution incident by addressing regional and international issues and providing guidance to industry, State Emergency Response Commissions, Tribal Emergency Response Commissions, and Local Emergency Planning Committees.


Newly Updated Interim Plan - April 2024

In April of 2024 a Letter of Promulgation was signed to update parts of the 2020 Northwest Area Contingency Plan. The updated sections include:

-         Section 3200: Wildlife Branch 

-         Section 9202: Joint Information Center Manual 

-         Section 9210: Liaison Manual 

-         Section 9301: Oil Spill Best Management Practices 

-         Section 9310: Northwest Wildlife Response Plan 

-         Section 9330: Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Best Management Practices

-         Section 9404: ESA Compliance Guide and Consultation Form


These updated sections are tools intended to be used to prepare for and during a response and are effective immediately. The incorporation of these updates should be reflected on a record of changes within all applicable Area Contingency Plans. The signed  Letter of Promulgation and the updated sections serve as an interim step to formally adopt those products and documents until comprehensive updates to plans are completed and signed.

Upcoming Meetings

Northwest Area Committees Joint Meeting (inland focus)

Date: Tuesday June 11, 2024 (Associated RRT10 Meeting Wednesday June 12, 2024)

Location: Idaho Falls, ID

Westbank Convention Center; 525 River Parkway, Idaho Falls, ID 83402

No hotel will be provided; please secure your own lodging.


Virtual via Zoom for Gov:


Meeting ID: 830 4008 8251

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2023 Health and Safety Task Force Full Report Now Posted

The 2023 Health and Safety Task Force Full Report Now Posted Here


Marine Safety Information Bulletins

USCG D13 has issued two Marine Safety Information Bulletins (MSIB 22-20, 23-20)alerting facility response plan (FRP) holders and vessel response plan (VRP) holders operating in Sector Columbia River and Sector Puget Sound Captain of the Port Zones of changes to the area contingency planning constructs affecting coastal areas of response.  FRP and VRP holders may review those in the RRT/NWAC Refrence Library


The USCG has prepared a FAQ document about the Sector Area Contingency Plans and it can be viewed here.

The Captain of the Port Sector Puget Sound Area Contingency Plan can be viewed here.

The Captain of the Port Sector Columbia River Area Contingency Plan can be viewed here.