Spill Prevention and Response / Emergency Contingency Planning


When it comes to oil and chemical spills and releases, TRC has the expertise and experience to identify, assess, and prioritize potential spill/release scenarios, and response actions; develop and implement plans; and identify and assess internal and external spill response capabilities. Our experts also monitor and document spill response actions and their effectiveness, and provide litigation support after a spill is cleaned up.  


TRC works in conjunction with our clients to develop and implement the following: Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans, Facility and Pipeline Response Plans (FRP or OPA `90 Plans), RCRA and OSHA Contingency Plans, Emergency Response/Action Plans (ERP, EAP, ERAP), Risk Management Plans (RMP), Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), Spill and Slug Prevention Plans, etc., as well as integrated contingency plans (ICP or One Plans) that combine two or more of these plans into one document. These plans are developed in compliance with the applicable federal regulations (US Environmental Protection Agency, US Coast Guard, US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, etc.), as well as the often more stringent state and local regulations. TRC has assisted clients in the oil and gas, power generation and distribution, industrial and manufacturing, commercial and institutional, academic and research, transportation, and public (local, state, and federal) sectors prepare and implement the required plans for all types of facilities, assets, and operations. 

Specifically, TRC’s subject matter experts (SMEs) are well-qualified to identify, assess, and prioritize potential risks and impacts from a spill or release and have the skills needed to assess oil and chemical containers, tanks, pipelines, etc. and to characterize spill behavior, fate, and trajectory, as well as the sensitivities and vulnerabilities of potential receptors. 

TRC’s team of highly qualified professionals develop effective plans to prevent and respond to spills or releases based on industry standards and site-specific information. By preparing site- or asset-specific plans, TRC can incorporate the existing plans, policies, and procedures to meet spill/release prevention requirements and, so, provide the needed flexibility to minimize the impacts and costs to each facility’s operations and activities. As necessary, these plans also provide the strategies, tactics, and procedures that may be required to respond to an incident or emergency based on the facility, employee and contractor capabilities, type of material, site and regional conditions and hazards, and vulnerabilities in the area. Furthermore, TRC’s SMEs assist our client implement prevention and response measures by designing containment systems and developing and facilitating training, drills, and exercises for the facility’s employees.  

Identify, Assess, and Prioritize Potential Risks and Impacts: 

  • Characterization and Delineation
  • Spill Modeling and Trajectory Analysis
  • Air Modeling and Monitoring 
  • Environmental and Socio-economic Sensitivity Mapping
  • Receptor Identification and Vulnerability Analysis
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Satellite Imagery

Develop Plans and Identify Capabilities:

  • Spill Prevention and Response / Contingency Planning 
  • Operational/Tactical Spill Response Planning
  • Spill Surveillance Planning 
  • Shoreline Response Planning (Protection, Assessment, Clean-up) 
  • Wildlife Response Planning
  • Response Training, Drills, and Exercises
  • Crisis and Continuity Management Planning