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Oil Response Training - OPA 101 - Regional Location (Oil Pollution Act)
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)

This 4-day course is designed for On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delivered at EPA Regional locations. The goal of this course, which covers portions of the legislation in the National Contingency Plan and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, is to introduce new OSCs and refresh current OSCs on the regulations, funding, and methodology for responding to oil spills.  This course will be delivered in-person and is designed to meet a portion of the Oil Regulatory program requirements.

Topics covered in this course include the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, National Contingency Plan, understanding oil spill basics, accessing and using the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, oil spill response, alternative technologies, preparedness and preventions, case studies and exercises. 

When delivered in a specific region, the course typically includes a brief module on a local Geographic Response Plan (GRP). 

Instructional methods include lectures, problem sessions, hands-on exercises, and possible site tours that emphasize the practical and problem-solving skills related to spill containment and cleanup.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how major legislation relates to spill containment and cleanup activities.
  • Understand a region-specific Geographic Response Plan (GRP).
  • Identify basic technical issues associated with inland oil spills.
  • Access and use the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.
  • Identify the basics of spill prevention control and countermeasures.
  • Use basic containment and treatment technologies.
  • Discuss various agencies’ roles when responding to inland oil spills.

Course instructors may include current and former federal and state OSCs who may also serve as technical advisors in oil spill control and cleanup and U.S. Coast Guard rerprsentatives.  Other instructors include experienced oil spill responders from the public and private sectors.

Class is limited to 32 students.

Continuing Education Units: 3.2

Participants must complete all modules for all days of the course to receive the course completion certificate.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading by contacting the ERTP Registrar (

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

IMPORTANT NOTICES – Applicable to all ERTP courses :

  1. ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Training location’s availability;
    • COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
    • Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
    • Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
    • Contractual number of available course training slots;
    • EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
    • Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.

    In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
  2. For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.). If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.
For general information contact Registrar by telephone at 513-251-7669 or via e-mail at

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