ESF 10 provides support in response to an actual or potential discharge and/or uncontrolled release of oil or hazardous materials when activated.
Response to oil and hazardous materials incidents is generally carried out in accordance with the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR Part 300. As defined in the NCP “hazardous materials” is a general term intended to mean hazardous substances, pollutants, and contaminants. Hazardous materials include chemical, biological, and nuclear/radiological substances, whether accidentally or intentionally released.
The scope of ESF 10 includes the appropriate actions to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a threat to public health, welfare, or the environment caused by actual or potential oil and hazardous materials incidents. Appropriate general actions can include, but are not limited to:
Examples of specific actions may include:
In addition, ESF 10 may be used under appropriate authorities to respond to actual or threatened releases of materials not typically responded to under the NCP but that pose a threat to public health or welfare or to the environment. Appropriate ESF 10 response activities to such incidents include, but are not limited to: