“A Concerned Citizen” documents the work of Dr. Riki Ott, a citizen activist who helped communities hit by the Exxon Valdez and BP Deepwater Horizon spills document long-term harm to people and wildlife and advance stronger national and state policies. Taking lessons she learned as an active concerned citizen, she developed the Ultimate Civics curriculum…

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Canceled due to COVID-19  After presenting at The National Tribal Emergency Management Council (NTEMC) annual conference in Wisconsin in 2019, Dr. Riki Ott was invited to conduct a workshop on Oil Spill Preparation and Response for Response Workers and Leaders of Tribal Communities in the Pacific Northwest at the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council Regional Conference,…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:00 Eastern Time CLICK HERE to register. EPA is taking public comment on its proposed new rules governing the use of dispersants and other chemical and biological products on oil spills in U.S. waters until April 22. The proposed rules have huge implications for spills in fresh water, the Arctic,…

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ARCHIVED WEBINAR You’ve seen the news: Explosions. Toxins running down the rivers we drink from. Wildlife coated in black sludge. Trains, boats, and pipelines run through our neighborhoods all across the nation. Do you know who’s responsible in your area when oil spill disaster occurs? Or if there’s even an Area Contingency Plan? Join Riki…

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Long-awaited Public Comment Period Opens It’s been 21 years since the EPA considered the rules that govern Oil Spill Response. In that time, our technologies have advanced significantly, while the rules surrounding them remained unchanged. Dangerous dispersants, unconventional oil and gas, and risky transportaion methods have created perilous, sometimes deadly, situations. NOW IS OUR OPPORTUNITY…

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Julia LeMense provides an overview of the environmental and disaster management legal framework. This framework provides the statutory authority and rationale for all emergency environmental planning and response activities, including the National Contingency Plan and subpart J, which is the subject of the EPA’s rulemaking and this series of webinars. Click here to view the…

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Riki explains the rulemaking process, describes the focus of this rulemaking, and addresses key new or revised rules and their anticipated impact on the environment and public health. She also discusses areas of gaps and some of ALERT’s recommendations. Click here to see the webinar. Dr. Riki Ott witnessed first-hand the ecological destruction and social…

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