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A plan to improve public and private sector responses to oil spills and hazardous chemical releases is receiving special recognition from the the Clinton Administration.
Vice President Gore's prestigious Hammer Award is being presented to representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other federal and state agencies and private organizations on Monday, Nov. 18, in ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. in the Dow Chemical Co. facility in Freeport, Tex. Mary Mozingo, a representative of the National Performance Review, which supervises reinvention efforts for the Vice President, will present the award for development of the Integrated Contingency Plan.
The plan provides guidance for reacting to such spills and releases under existing federal laws and regulations. It was developed under the auspices of the National Response Team, a federal inter-agency group with responsibility for establishing national policies and procedures to prepare and respond to emergencies involving oil and hazardous chemicals. OSHA participates in NRT because its standard for hazardous waste and emergency response operations stipulates the protection to be provided for workers engaged in responding to those emergencies.
The integrated plan is designed to consolidate response requirements, improve coordination, avoid duplication, and simplify response planning.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Joseph A. Dear, said, "The new plan makes it easier for businesses and government agencies to do what is necessary to deal with emergencies involving oil spills and the release of hazardous chemicals. Implementation of this plan will save lives. It is another example of how federal reinvention efforts benefit the public."
The Hammer Award recognizes excellence in helping to reinvent government. Vice President Gore established the award as part of the National Performance Review -- the national program to make government work better and cost less. This is the eighth Hammer Award OSHA has received for its reinvention programs since June, 1994.
In addition to OSHA personnel, staff members from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Interior, the Department of Transportation, General Services Administration, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, the Federal Emergency Managemant Association, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the State of Texas will receive Hammer Awards for their participation in developing the plan.
Hammer Awards also will be presented to representatives of Dow Chemical, Phillips Petroleum Co., International Bird Rescue, Phillip Cartner Co., Inc., the Inner City Fund, and Ecology and Environment, the private sector organizations that assisted in the plan.
(Editor's note: The OSHA staff members being honored are Stephen Mallinger, deputy director of the Directorate of Technical Support; Tom Seymour, deputy director of the Directorate of Safety Standards Programs; Alphonse Abadir, acting director of the Office of Science and Technology, Assessment and Variance Determination, Directorate of Technical Support; Jerry D. Bailey, assistant regional administrator for technical support, OSHA Region VI, Dallas, Tex.; Kenneth Hunt, program analyst, Directorate of Technical Support; and Chuck Williams, acting area director, OSHA Houston South Area Office in Texas.)
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