"The National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) was developed to establish a workable exercise program which meets the intent of section 4202(a) of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), amending section 311(j) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), by adding a new subsection for spill response preparedness (33 USC 1321(j)(7)). The PREP was developed to provide a mechanism for compliance with the exercise requirements, while being economically feasible for the government and oil industry to adopt and sustain. The PREP is a unified federal effort and satisfies the exercise requirements of the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), the Office of Pipeline Safety, and the Minerals Management Service (MMS). Completion of the PREP exercises will satisfy all OPA 90 mandated federal oil pollution response exercise requirements. At this time, the PREP addresses the exercise requirements for oil pollution response only. Regulations for hazardous substance releases are currently under development and once completed, the hazardous substance exercise requirements will be incorporated into the PREP. The PREP represents the minimum guidelines for ensuring adequate response preparedness. If personnel within an organization believe additional exercises or an expansion of the scope of the PREP exercises are warranted to ensure enhanced preparedness, they are highly encouraged to conduct these exercises."
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