The Region 5 Regional Response Team (RRT) is comprised of members from state and federal agencies committed to working efficiently to minimize the adverse effects of oil and chemical incidents that affect safety, human health and the environment.

The RRT is co-chaired by the US Coast Guard Ninth District and US Environmental Protection Agency Region V.  The RRT acts as a regional planning and coordination body for preparedness and response actions. In the case of discharged oil and/or hazardous materials, the chair for the RRT is the member of the agency providing the Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC). Preparedness activities are carried out in conjunction with appropriate State Emergency Response Committees, Area Committees, Local Emergency Planning Committees and Tribal Councils. More information on the role of the RRT can be found on the
National Response Team website.

To locate a specific member of the Region 5 RRT, please see the Region 5 RRT Roster.
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Oil Spill Classification - Details

Type Quantity
Minor < 1,000 gal.
Medium 1,000 – 10,000 gal.
Major > 10,000 gal.
Amount that poses a substantial threat to human health, welfare or the environment
Type Quantity Substance Actions
Minor < 1,000 gal. < Reportable Quantity If circumstances warrant, POLREPs to Regional Response Center, affected State, Federal, Native American and foreign natural resource trustees and to the pollution response agency for the impacted State or States
Medium 1,000 – 10,000 gal. > Reportable Quantity but does not meet criteria for a major or minor release Notifications must be issued to:
  1. The pollution response agency for the impacted State or States;
  2. The DOI representative;
  3. The HHS representative, if a public health emergency exists;
  4. The Director of the Emergency Response Division, US EPA;
  5. The DOC RRT5 representative in case of a release or threat of release to the surface waters of the United States;
  6. All affected State, Federal, Native American and foreign natural resource trustees;
  7. The appropriate USCG District office if the spill impacts navigable water; and
  8. The Fund Manager
In the event of a major spill, notify Regional Response Center by the most rapid means available, providing all known information, even if it has not been confirmed by on-scene personnel. An Incident-specific RRT will then be activated.
Major > 10,000 gal.


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