Doug Helton

Doug Helton
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | NOAA · Office of Response and Restoration

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NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) is comprised of three divisions: Emergency Response, Assessment and Restoration, and Marine Debris. Collectively, the Office of Response and Restoration provides comprehensive solutions to environmental hazards caused by oil, chemicals, and marine debris. OR&R has an outreach team whose mission is to...
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299454: Although there are approximately 20,000 shipwrecks in U.S. waters, we now know that most of them are unlikely to be substantial pollution threats. Using initial screening factors (age, location, construction material, propulsion type, type, and size), 573 wrecks were identified as potentially containing larger amounts of oil. Secondary scre...
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NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration Emergency Response Division (ERD) is committed to continually improving their response capabilities to hazardous material releases that affect life, property and natural resources. One way of achieving this is by capturing and implementing Lessons Learned from spills and exercises. Following an incident, th...
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Abandoned and derelict vessels are a problem in almost every U.S. port and waterway, and these vessels can have significant impacts on the coastal environment and economy, including oil pollution, marine debris, and wildlife entrapment. They become hazards to navigation, illegal dumping of waste oils and hazardous materials and general public healt...
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An evaluation was made of the amounts and types of oil potentially released from sunken vessels in U.S. waters, where oil would be transported, how rapidly it would reach sensitive resources, and magnitudes of impacts on surface water and shorelines. Oil spill modeling was performed as part of a screening analysis to identify those sunken vessels o...
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NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) provides scientific expertise to support incident response and initiates natural resource damage assessment both in the U.S. and internationally. Although OR&R has responded to every major spill in the U.S. over the past 35 years, OR&R continues to face challenges in communicating realistic expectati...
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Review of historical information on the thousands of sunken vessels along the U.S. coast has identified those with significant volumes of oil remaining on-board. Screening analyses are being performed to identify those wrecks of highest risk with respect to environmental and socioeconomic impacts, and those identified will be subject to more detail...
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Many agencies and organizations in the United States are implementing habitat restoration using a wide array of methods across a variety of habitats. These efforts are often motivated by legislative actions like the Oil Pollution Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, and the Clean Water Act but may also be imple...
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Recent incidents within our National Marine Sanctuaries and throughout our country have directed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to begin to look proactively at catastrophic oil and other chemical releases from submerged and abandoned sources. Integrating data from several federal, state, and private sources, the Abandoned Vesse...
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During the emergency phase of an oil or hazardous material spill, natural resource managers and trustees must quickly develop and implement study plans to collect ephemeral data on the extent and degree of contamination and the potential biological injury resulting from the spill. Various groups have developed comprehensive manuals and guidelines,...