The mission of the Region 10 Regional Response Team (RRT) and the Northwest Area Committee (NWAC) is to protect public health and safety and the environment by ensuring coordinated, efficient, and effective support of the federal, state, tribal, local, and international responses to significant oil and hazardous substance incidents within the Pacific Northwest Region as mandated by the National Contingency Plan (NCP). We are also committed to providing for the development of the NWAC plan and coordination of preparedness activities prior to a pollution incident by addressing regional and international issues and providing guidance to industry, State Emergency Response Commissions, Tribal Emergency Response Commissions, and Local Emergency Planning Committees.


2023 Northwest Planning Summit

Date: Wednesday December 6th, 2023  


NOAA Western Regional Center

Building 9 Auditorium

7600 Sand Point Way

Seattle, WA 98115

Virtual attendance option will be offered through Zoom

REGISTER HERE to attend in person or virtially



Marine Safety Information Bulletins

USCG D13 has issued two Marine Safety Information Bulletins (MSIB 22-20, 23-20)alerting facility response plan (FRP) holders and vessel response plan (VRP) holders operating in Sector Columbia River and Sector Puget Sound Captain of the Port Zones of changes to the area contingency planning constructs affecting coastal areas of response.  FRP and VRP holders may review those in the RRT/NWAC Refrence Library


2023 Task Forces Announced

 The NWACs have selected 2023 Task Forces.  Please view the 2023 Task Forces here and contact the Task Force Facilitators to participate.

 First time on a Task Force?   Please Register Here for login permissions.

 Already have a password for the NWAC website?  Join a Task Force at Subcommittees/Task Forces.  


NWRCP Comment Period Closed

The NWRCP public comment period has closed. NWAC leadership is currently reviewing all comments received. Thank you to those who submitted comments.  Please continue to monitor this site for updates.

 The USCG has prepared a FAQ document about the Sector Area Contingency Plans and it can be viewed here.

The Captain of the Port Sector Puget Sound Area Contingency Plan can be viewed here.

The Captain of the Port Sector Columbia River Area Contingency Plan can be viewed here.