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					                               Region 7 RRT Annual Report
Period of Report: December 1, 2004 – November 30, 2005

I.    MAJOR ACTIVITIES

      A.     MAJOR/NOTEWORTHY RESPONSE ACTIVITIES

             SUMMARY OF SPILL AND/OR RELEASES REPORTED TO REGION 7

              Type of incident                         Total
              Aircraft                                            7
              Continuous                                         28
              Fixed                                            1186
              Mobile                                            167
              Pipeline                                          113
              Platform                                            2
              Railroad                                          133
              Railroad Non-release                               48
              Storage Tank                                      197
              Terrorist Non-release                               3
              Unknown Sheen                                      30
              Vessel                                             27
                                               Total           1941


             ASPEN PRODUCTS RESPONSE, RAYTOWN MO - On December 2, 2004 EPA responded
             to a report of dumping at the Aspen Product facility in Raytown, MO. Initial investigation
             revealed several drums containing an oily material and a spill of this material approximately
             50 feet by 50 feet. Substance was identified as a food-grade ink. Owner performed a clean
             up of the spill.

             MERCURY CHANUTE RESPONSE, CHANUTE, KS – On December 18, 2004 EPA
             responded to a request from Neosho County Health Department for assistance in cleaning up
             the spill after an individual attempted to commit suicide by drinking mercury. Efforts were
             made to remove visible mercury. Also used heat and ventilate to remove mercury vapors.
             Removed carpet and applied epoxy to seal kitchen and dinning room area.

             OMAHA LEAD SITE, OMAHA, NE – Phase III (2004) completed on December 12, 2004.
             Phase III consisted of removal of lead contaminated soil from 306 properties.

             PERFECT PLATING, MACON, MO - On December 21, work started on Perfect Plating site.
             Initial work consisted of packing approximately 600 laboratory grade reage nts and other
             hazardous materials. The lab-pack materials remove from site on December 28.

             THOMASVILLE WOOD PRODUCT, THOMASVILLE, MO – Between November 30 and
             December 21, approximately 2,400 toms of pentachlorphenol contaminated soil was
             excavated and placed in an on site biotreatment area.

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26th ST MERCURY LAWRENCE, KS - On Tuesday January 18th the EPA responded to a
residence where the owner of the home was on vacation but the home owner’s daughter was
checking up on the residence. The daughter reported that a small quantity of elemental
mercury had been released from a sphygmomanometer. The initial release was reported to
have occurred in the dining room area. After cleaning up the initial release area (dining room
table), the daughter moved the sphygmomanometer to a nearby bedroom. Upon arrival to the
residence, EPA personnel discovered beads of elemental mercury on top of the dresser where
the sphygmomanometer had been sitting. Initial screening of the house did not yield any
levels higher that 100 ng/m3 in any of the breathing zones. Cleanup efforts consisted of
recovering all of the visible beads of mercury located on the dresser top and the spot heating
and venting of a 2’ X 2’ area located on the carpet right below the area where the
sphygmomanometer had been sitting and where the daughter had reported seeing beads of
mercury fall. After reporting the post cleanup levels to ASTDR, the residence was cleared for
full non- restricted habitation.

DOWNTOWN KCMO BUCKET RETRIEVAL, KCMO - On January 20, 2005, OSC
Marissa Lynch and OSC Eric Nold were called out to conduct an emergency response on a 5-
gallon poly container; containing an unknown substance. The container was located on side of
the road at I-35 S., just past 12th Street exit, and the intersection of I-35 an I-70. The decision
by the OSCs was to place the 5-gallon container into a polyethylene bag. The polyethylene
was taken to Phillips Service Corporation (PSC); located at 716 Mulberry Street, Kansas City,
Missouri, 64101 to be profiled. Based on the profile from PSC, the unknown substance was
determined to be a non-hazardous material.

PRE-DEPLOYMENT TO THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS-On February 1-4,
2005, the deployment of the ASPECT program was presented and discussed with Paul Lewis
of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, NGA and Dr. Julius Chang, Senior Scientist
with Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Group.

OIL-SHALE FIRE, INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI - On Monday January 24, 2005, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a request for assistance from the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources to respond to an apparent underground fire at a quarry
operation near 291 Highway, Independence, Missour i. The fire had been reported by the
Sugar Creek Fire Department who was responding to odor complaints from motorists
traveling through the area. The EPA investigation concluded that the cause of the fire was the
apparent spontaneous combustion of oil-shale rock excavated from a limestone cavern in the
area. Air sampling performed by the EPA indicated that the fire did not present a human
health or environmental hazard.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO RED SUBSTANCE IN CREEK, WENTZVILLE, MO - The
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a request from the Wentzville Police
Department to assist in investigating a red substance that had stained at least one mile of creek
through a subdivision and golf course in Wentzville, MO. The police had traced the
substance to a home in the subdivision and believed the material was red deck stain as it
appeared to be similar in color to the resident=s newly painted deck. After further
investigation by the EPA and the Wentzville police department, it was learned that the
material was a red food coloring (FD&C Red 40). The resident had purchased several empty


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drums of red food coloring from a local merchant to construct dog houses. He rinsed the
residual material from the drums into his yard which then flowed into the unnamed creek.


POPLAR BLUFF POWER PLANT OIL SPILL, POPLAR BLUFF, MO - On Saturday,
February 26, 2005, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) reported a diesel
fuel sheen on the Black River at Poplar Bluff, MO. The source was found to be the city of
Poplar Bluff power generating plant, where they maintain a 500,000 gallon above- ground
storage tank. The leak was found to be from a 3 inch feeder line that fed the back-up
generators. Upon discovering the leak, the line was taken out of service. The leaking fuel
traveled to a storm sewer that discharged approximately 100 yards downstream into the Black
River. Adsorbent boom and pads were placed in the sewer and in the river to contain the
product. On-scene coordinator (OSC) Jim Silver responded to the site on February 27, 2005.
The local fire department had constructed an underflow dam in the sewer to try and contain
the fuel before it reached the river and the responsible party (RP) was bringing a contractor
on-site to install recovery wells. The MDNR is providing ongoing oversite.

NATURAL BRIDGE OIL SPILL - ST. LOUIS, MO - On Tuesday February 1, 2005, the
Metropolitan Sewer District in St. Louis reported to the Missouri Department of Natural
Resources (MDNR) that there was gasoline in a sewer. The sewer was in the vicinity of
Natural Bridge and Grand Avenue, near a BP station. The MDNR responded and found
gasoline flowing at the rate of 10=s of gallons a minute in the sewer, down gradient of the BP
station. The sewer is a combined storm water and sanitary structure. Explosive vapors were
discovered in a church downstream, so the church was vented and ignition sources were
eliminated. On Wednesday, February 2, 2005, the MDNR requested assistance from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On-scene coordinators (OSCs) Jim Silver and Jeff
Weatherford responded to the site at 1500 hrs on February 2, 2005. High levels of vapors
were found to still be in the manhole at the rear of the BP station. A Geoprobe was used to
take borings between the station and the sewer to try and determine the infiltration route of
the gasoline. Gasoline was not found in any of the borings. At 1800 hrs samples were
collected from the sewer, from the station tanks and from the station monitoring wells for
Afingerprinting@ to help determine the source of the gasoline. At that time the flow of gasoline
in the sewer was just a sheen. Sample results showed that the sheen in the sewer did not
come from the tanks or monitoring wells at the BP station. The laboratory indicated that it
was not gasoline, but more likely a solvent. It appeared then that the material in the sewer
was a one time discharged from somewhere up-gradient. A survey of the area upstream did
not reveal any apparent sources for the material. Periodic checks have been made by the
MDNR to locate the source of the discharge.

JOHNSON COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTER RESPONSE,
OLATHE, KS - On February 28, 2005, at 0900 hours, the Region 7 phone duty officer
received a report of a broken sphygmometer that had released mercury onto the carpeted floor
in a hallway in the Johnson County Health and Human Services Center located at 11875
Sunset, Olathe, KS. The facility Safety Officer stated that the release occurred on February
25, 2005, and that he and other maintenance personnel conducted cleanup activities including
sweeping up mercury beads, vacuuming, and removal/replacement of affected carpet. The
facility Safety Officer requested assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to conduct on-site air monitoring. Air monitoring conducted by the EPA in the
hallway indicated ambient mercury vapor levels that were below 300 nanograms per square

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meter (ng/meter;) of air. Screening of the vacuum used in the cleanup indicated mercury
vapors as high as 60,000 ng/meter; of air. Facility personnel were advised to discontinue the
use of the vacuum cleaner. Facility personnel double bagged the vacuum and removed it
from the building for disposal. No additional removal activities are planned by the EPA at
this time.

BIRCH TELECOM OFFICE BUILDING RESPONSE, KANSAS CITY, MO - On March 2,
2005, at 0800 hours, the Region 7 phone duty officer received a report of a strong chemical
odor in the Birch Telecom office building located at 2115 Central Avenue, Kansas City, MO,
64108. The anonymous caller stated that several employees in the building were feeling sick
due to the odor, and that the odor appeared to be related to sewer repair work being conducted
just outside of the building by city contractors. On-scene coordinator (OSC) Joe Davis met
with personnel representing the city, Birch Telecom, facility maintenance, and Insituform Co.
(the contractor for the city). It was determined that the plastic materials used by Insituform
Co., during the sewer pipe relining process, were releasing styrene vapor both into the air and
into the sewer. Water was added to the floor drain to fill the trap and the drain was then
sealed with a plastic bag to further reduce the infiltration of vapor. Within 20 to 30 minutes
after sealing the drain, vapor levels within the basement had reduced to approximately 11
ppm. No additional removal activities are planned at this time.

ASPECT SUPPORT, BOLIVAR, MO - ASPECT was utilized to support the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air monitoring activities at the Fair Play Tire Fire.
Two separate collections provided aerial, thermal, and infrared (chemical) data to the on-
scene coordinator (OSC).

ASPECT SUPPORT, KANSAS CITY, MO - ASPECT was utilized to support remedial
activities at the Armor Road Superfund site and the PCB Inc., site, both in the Kansas City
metropolitan area. Low and high altitude high resolution aerial photography was collected at
each site.

HOSEA MERCURY RESPONSE, ST. JOSEPH, MO - The Hosea mercury incident consists
of two locations. The first location is the Hosea Public Elementary School located at 6401
Gordon, St., St. Joseph, MO. The release location occurred near the main entrance of the
school and resulted from a spilled science fair project. Approximately 5 milliliters (ml) of
elemental mercury was release to the hallway floor over an area of 10 square meters (m²).
The second location consists of a private residence located at 112 East Valley, St. Joseph,
MO. This home is standard construction with two floors and a full basement. An estimate of
the size is 130 m² (1400 ft²). It is reported that approximately 1 to 10 ml of elemental
mercury was spilled in the kitchen/living room area. .

RATHBUN LAKE OIL SPILL, CENTERVILLE IA - On-scene coordinator (OSC) Manuel
Schmaedick received a report of a spill of diesel fuel into Rathbun Lake on March 21, 2005.
OSC Schmaedick coordinated response activities with the Iowa Department of Natural
Resources (IDNR), Appanoose County Environmental Public Health Department, and the
U.S. Coast Guard to cleanup up the spill using the Pollution Removal Funding Authorization
(PRFA). The PRFA funding was authorized and cleanup activities have been completed.

FAIR PLAY TIRE FIRE, FAIR PLAY, MO - On-scene coordinators (OSCs) Joe Davis and
Laura Casillas responded to the incident early on March 12, 2005. An estimated 1.5 million

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tires had been stockpiled in an area once used to quarry limestone. The Missouri Department
of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Missouri Attorney=s General Office had been aware of
the tires but efforts to conduct a cleanup were largely stymied by the owner who currently
lives abroad. Personnel and equipment from some 20 fire departments were unsuccessful in
quenching the fire which eventually engulfed all but 30,000 tires. By March 13, 2005, the
EPA had extinguished the fire by mixing the burning tires with soil and water. Through
cooperation with the MDNR personnel an on-site cell was developed and utilized as a
repository for the ash and unconsumed tires. The EPA provided continuous monitoring of the
smoke plume to ensure protection of adjacent landowners in the sparsely-settled, rural area.
The MDNR geologist was also consulted and determined that the geologic formation would
preclude migration of any contaminants off site.

113TH STREET MERCURY, OMAHA, NEBRASKA - On Wednesday, April 20th, EPA was
contacted by NDEQ who requested assistance with a mercury spill in the yard of a residential
property in northwest Omaha. Upon arrival at the site the EPA OSC met with the property
owner who showed the location of the mercury beads outside the home and just inside the
garage of the home. Initial air readings taken with the Lumex mercury vapor analyzer
indicated levels requiring respiratory protection in the lower level of the home (>30,000
nanograms/cubic meter[ng/m3]) and above habitable levels in the upper living level of the
home (>10,000 ng/m3). ATSDR was contacted by EPA and concurred that the property
should not be lived in until a removal action could be conducted. The owners agreed to
temporarily relocate at their own expense until a cleanup could be conducted. After 4 days of
removal activities which mainly revolved around removal of all visible elemental mercury
beads and all carpet from the home, mercury levels have dropped to less than 1,500 ng/m3.
The garage floor has been re-cleaned and sealed and the outside soils with visible mercury
have been excavated. Thus far, approximately 1.5 tablespoons of elemental mercury has been
recovered. The source of the mercury has not yet been determined, but is believed to have
been “released” prior to the current owners buying and moving into the home last August.
Eight hour air samples have been collected to see of the cleanup goal has been reached.

ASPECT - On April 17-18, 2005 - Processed and reported data for ASPECT response to
Superior Packaging and Blending site in Houston, TX. Manufacturing facility for drilling
mud additives on fire and drums of material exploding. Request for deployment occurred at
23:00 and lasted until 04:00 next morning.

MAGELLAN PIPELINE, KANSAS CITY, KANSAS - A high pressure 10- inch pipeline
break occurred the morning of May 23rd in the Fairfax district of Kansas City, KS. Initial
estimates of the spill indicated that approximately 20,000 gallons of gasoline were released
onto the ground and into the storm sewers. Wyandotte County Emergency Management lead
the on-site unified command. The contractor for the potentially responsib le party, Magellan
Pipeline, conducted booming and recovery operations with U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) oversight. The EPA, along with several mutual aid hazmat teams conducted
air monitoring. Two Union Pacific (UP) rail lines were shut down as well as the Board of
Public Utilities Quindaro power plant. Both resumed operations on Wednesday, May 25th.

MERCURY - CALIF0RNIA STREET, WATERLOO, IA - On May 3/11, 2005, assessment
and cleanup activities for mercury contamination were performed at a residential property in
Waterloo, IA. Elemental mercury was discovered in the living room area of the property
resulting in elevated mercury vapor levels throughout the house. U.S. Environmental

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Protection Agency (EPA) on-scene coordinator (OSC) Manny Schmaedick performed
assessment activities throughout the property to determine the source location of the mercury
and discovered that the spill had penetrated into the sub- floor of the living room. All property
in the home was removed. Objects that could be decontaminated were heated and vented for
several days. Other objects were discarded with the home owners approval. Mercury vapor
levels in the home were reduced to levels below health standards issued by the Agency for
Toxic substances and Disease Registry ATSDR).

KAW RIVER SHREDDING, KANSAS CITY, KS - On June 2, 2005, on-scene coordinator
(OSC) Randy Schademann responded to a request from the Wyandotte County Emergency
Management Agency (EMA) to assist with the identification of a substance whose release
resulted in 21 workers and firefighters being sent to local hospitals for evaluation. Employees
at the metal recycling facility discovered a cylinder approximately 5 feet long and 2 feet in
diameter among a shipment of miscellaneous metal. While moving the cylinder it began to
"smoke" at which time the employees used fire extinguishers and water to put the fire out. An
area fire department was activated and also used water for fire suppression. Investigation by
the OSC identified the material within the cylinder as metallic sodium (the material had
originally been misidentified as sodium hydroxide). The metal recycling facility retained a
contractor whose successful mitigation efforts (reacting remaining sodium and neutralizing
water) were monitored by the OSC. All 31 people were released from the hospital the same
day.

FT. LEAVENWORTH STAINED PACKAGE, FT. LEAVENWORTH, KS - On Thursday,
June 2, 2005, on-scene coordinator (OSC) Doug Ferguson responded to a request from
Provost Marshal Major Garrett P. Fawaz, U.S. Army Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, to assist in the
characterization of a suspicious package with yellow staining on its wrapping. When OSC
Ferguson arrived on the scene Special Agent John Tucker from the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) bomb squad was in the process of using x-rays to further determine the
nature of the package contents. Other response agencies on the scene included the Ft.
Leavenworth Fire and Emergency Services (FLFES), Department of the Army Criminal
Investigation Command, Ft. Leavenworth Directorate of Plans, Training, and Mobilization,
Leavenworth Bomb Squad, and the Overland Park Bomb Squad. The FLFES indicated the
pH of the yellow substance was neutral. The package appeared to contain wires and other
metal devices which, by FBI protocol, required the FBI to disrupt the package with an
explosive charge. The contents of the package were determined to be computer locks. The
yellow stains on the package were likely a result of urine from a cup the UPS driver had
employed earlier in the day. The remaining contents of the package were turned over to the
package owner.

PRAXAIR EXPLOSION, ST. LOUIS, MO - On Friday, June 05, 2005, at approximately
1550 hours an explosion and fire occurred at the Praxair Company in St. Louis, MO. Praxair
is an industrial and laboratory gas repackaging facility, located in a mixed residential,
commercial, and industrial area near downtown St. Louis, MO. Present on the site were
containers of oxygen, chlorine, acetylene, propane, nitrogen, hydrogen and other gases.
Following the initial explosion and fire, explosions occurred continuously for almost an hour.
Containers of bottled gas were crashing into buildings several blocks away, causing additional
fires and structural damage. The facility, along with an eight block area around the site, was
evacuated. On-scene coordinator (OSC) Jim Silver responded to the site along with the
ASPECT plane. At 1840 hours ASPECT was on the scene. Data collected and analyzed

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    showed moderate levels of ozone and a small amount of propylene. Data results were
    provided to the OSC and a report was generated. At the request of the St. Louis Fire
    Department air monitoring around the site and in the sewers was performed to determine if
    contaminants were leaving the site. None were detected. Discussions were held with officials
    of Praxair and they agreed to be responsible for any environmental clean- up. Once the fire
    was under control, the perimeter of the site was monitored for contaminants traveling off- site
    and none were detected.

    MID-AMERICAN TANNING SITE SERGEANT BLUFF, WOODBURY COUNTY,
    IOWA- OSC Singletary responded to the discharge of hazardous substances from lagoons at
    the former Mid-America Tanning Co. The Release was secured and potential next steps are
    being evaluated. A cost estimate for dewatering the lagoons and capping them is being
    prepared to address the remedy failure.

    ASPECT - ROMULUS, MICHIGAN RESPONSE - On August 11, 2005, the Region 5 U.S.
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested ASPECT conduct aerial surveys of an
    explosion and fire at a hazardous waste facility in Romulus, Michigan. All data and response
    efforts were coordinated with the Region 5 EPA.

    BUCKNER MERCURY, BUCKNER, MISSOURI – Mercury was spilled onto a busy
    parking lot of a strip mall in Buckner. The local fire department attempted a cleanup, but was
    unsuccessful. MDNR requested EPA assistance; EPA performed mercury vacuuming, asphalt
    sealing, and mercury vapor screening of adjacent businesses.

    BETA CHEM RESPONSE, SEPTEMBER 22-24, 2005, LENEXA, KS - On September 20,
    2005, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) representatives conducted an
    inspection of this facility. Extensive radiological contamination was found in both controlled
    and uncontrolled areas. The KDHE ordered the facility to close. They also found numerous
    chemicals that they could not assess. They requested assistance from the U.S. Environmental
    Protection Agency (EPA). After discussions with the Environmental Services (ENSV) and
    Air, RCRA and Toxics Divisions (ARTD), Superfund (SUPR) on-scene coordinator (OSC)
    Doug Ferguson responded and assessed the chemical inventory and hazards at the facility.


    REGION 7 SUPPORT TO HURRICANE KATRINA, ONGOING, LOUISIANA AND
    TEXAS - The Region 7 U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to provide
    personnel and equipment support to Region 6 EPA in response to Hurricane Katrina. To date,
    Region 7 EPA employees have made a total of 86 trips to Region 6 in support of the effort.
    Region 7 EPA has also supplied vehicles, boats, air monitors, and personnel equipment. The
    Emergency Response & Removal (ER&R) Branch continues to coordinate Region 7 assets to
    meet the resource requests of Region 6. The Regional Incident Command Team (RICT)
    meets weekly to exchange information and address any issues that have arisen. The effort
    will continue for the foreseeable future.
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    35TH AND "I" STREET DRUM, OMAHA, NE: OSC Nold was informed of a 55-gallon poly
    drum that had been reported leaking into a storm gutter at 35th and “I” in Omaha, Nebraska.
    The report had been submitted by a local resident who sent an e- mail with photos of the drum
    on Sunday, November 13th. On November 15th, when Nold was informed about the drum
    and proceeded to do a recon drive of the area did not reveal any abandoned drums or visually

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           affected area. The drum had been collected by the city sewer department for safe keeping. It
           was later verified that the drum, labeled 12.5% sodium hypochlorite - Liquiclor, was in fact
           an empty drum that had blown out of the Nebraska Beef facility during a wind storm. The
           facility is located adjacent to where the drum was discovered. The facility will stop staging
           the washed out drums in the back area of the facility for drying so that the wind won't be able
           to blow the drums out into the street in the future.

      B.   RRT MEETINGS

           On May 10 & 11, 2005 , the Region 7 Regional Response Team held a semi-annual
           meeting in Kansas City, Missouri

           Scott Hayes, chief of the EPA Region 7 Emergency Response and Removals (ERR) Branch
           and an RRT co-chairman, hosted the meeting. Commander Nathalie Valley, United States
           Coast Guard District 8, represented USGC Co-chairman Capt. Tim Close, USCG District 8.

           Jim MacDonald gave a presentation on the new National Response Plan. This was follow by a
           discussion of all Agencies present voicing internal compliance schedules and concerns.
           Janice Kroone, EPA, outlined Region 7’s vision for fall RRT meeting and table top and
           functional exercise to be conducted in conjunction with RRT meeting.

           CDR Valley, USCG, provided a PowerPoint™ presentation during which she described plans
           for a Spill of National Significance (SONS) exercise, which she said would be conducted in
           June 2007. Valley said the exercise would be the first SONS exercise that was conducted at
           an inland location, the first in the Midwest, and the first that employed a natural disaster
           scenario. She said there would be no terrorism component and that ESF #10 would be
           activated. She said the major objectives would include implementing the NRP and NIMS,
           inter-agency coordination involving multiple regions, assessment of plan compatibility,
           evaluating availability and adequacy of response resources, long-term recovery and
           restoration, and evaluation of notification and communication systems. She said there would
           be three separate scenarios, with venues in the Great Lakes, Upper and Lower Mississippi, as
           well as with national play. Lead agencies will include the Coast Guard, EPA Region 5 and
           FEMA and the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC).

           Area and Sub-area Committees gave reports on the status of Contingency Plans and activities.

           State and federal agencies present report on activities and up dates within their area.

           Regional Response Team toured the USEPA Region 7 Regional Response Center.

      C.   COMMITTEE AND WORKING GROUP UPDATES

           None

II.   GENERAL PREPAREDNESS AND CONTINGENCY PLANNING

      A.   TRAINING



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RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE OPERATIONS (RERO), FT.
MCCLELLAN, AL - On-scene coordinators (OSCs) Huu Ngo and Doug Ferguson attended
the RERO course at Ft. McClellan, AL the week of February 14-18, 2005. The course
provided hands-on training in utilizing radiological detection equipment and the Incident
Command System (ICS) in radiological response. This training will be the basis for future
training to OSCs on radiological response.

INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (ICS) 420 COURSE, CINCINNATI, OH - On March
7/11, 2005, at the ICS 420 in Cinc innati, OH., team skills were developed to enhance the
ability of incident command systems to effectively manage incidents. Team members
participated in an exercise where both team and individual application of ICS training were
evaluated. All members of the team and the team as a whole successfully accomplished the
objectives of the exercise.

RESPONSE SUPPORT CORPS (RSC) OPERATIONS MANUAL TRAINING, KANSAS
CITY, KS - On April 28, 2005, on-scene coordinator (OSC) Don Lininger, along with Teri
Hankins and Colleen Wilson, presented the first of four RSC Operations Manual Training
Sessions.

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM (IMT) COORDINATION MEETING, KANSAS
CITY, KS - On April 4, 2005, the Region 7 IMT met in the Regional Response Center (RRC)
for a coordination meeting. Items covered included future training, shadowing opportunities,
equipment and personnel needs.

REMOVAL PROCESS TRAINING COURSE, KANSAS CITY, KS - On April 12 & 13,
2005, on-scene coordinator (OSC) Don Lininger presented the Discovery/Notification and
Writing the Action Memorandum portions of the above referenced course.

CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT - GROUP INTERVENTION - FORT
LAUDERDALE, FL - On April 2-3, 2005, Emergency Response & Removal Branch Chief,
Scott Hayes attended the Group Intervention training session put on by the International
Critical Incident Stress Foundation. This was a required training as Mr. Hayes is a
management representative for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) National
Critical Incident Stress Management Team. The training covered several tools that can be
used to help prevent harmful stress reactions that may result from emergency responses to
critical incidents.

NATIONAL RESPONSE PLAN MISSION ASSIGNMENT TRAINING - KANSAS CITY,
MO - On April 19-20, 2005, Emergency Response & Removal Branch Chief Scott Hayes and
on-scene coordinator Jim MacDonald attended the Federal Emergency Management Agency's
(FEMA's) Mission Assignment training. This course covered the process by which the EPA
would participate in processing Mission Assignments, primarily under Emergency Support
Function ESF#10 of the National Response Plan.

AIR MONITORING EQUIPMENT DEMONSTRATION, KANSAS CITY, KS - On May 4,
2005, a demonstration of air monitoring instrumentation was held at the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 Dodge warehouse for representatives of the Kansas Fire
Marshals Office and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The


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     activity was organized by on-scene coordinator (OSC) Doug Ferguson to improve EPA
     response capability in identification and quantification of airborne hazardous materials.

     RADIATION RESPONSE TRAINING - On June 27, 2005, eight hours of radiation response
     training was provided to the on-scene coordinators (OSCs) at the Dodge Warehouse. The
     regional radiation program and the state radiation programs from Kansas and Missouri were
     partners in the planning and executing the training. The training focused on assessment of
     releases of radioactive material, decontamination and sampling for radioactive materials.
     OSCs practiced using the Radiation Response guidebook during the training.

     HEALTH PHYSICS IN RADIATION EMERGENCIES TRAINING, OAKRIDGE, TN -
     During the week of June 6, 2005, on-scene coordinator Huu Ngo attended the five day Health
     Physics in Radiation Emergencies training course in Oakridge, Tennessee. This training
     provided an overview of the health effects of radiation and assessment and treatment of
     personnel contaminated with radioactive materials.

     IOWA HAZMAT SYMPOSIUM, IA- OSC Nold conducted mercury spill training at the
     annual Iowa HazMat Symposium held on October 26-28, 2005. Approximately 25 first
     responders attended the training which has been the average for the last four years that this
     training has been presented.

B.   EXERCISE/WORKSHOPS

     OMAHA/COUNCIL BLUFFS SUB-AREA CONTINGENCY PLAN EXERCISE – A
     tabletop exercise was held on January 29, 2005 in Plattsmouth, NE. This all day tabletop
     exercise was attended by over 60 local responders from five different counties. EPA
     personnel assisted with the development and evaluation of this exercise which was an
     extension of a Functional Exercise held on August 25, 2004 in Weeping Water, NE.

     LEE'S SUMMIT SCHOOL DAYS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (WMD)
     EXERCISE, LEE'S SUMMIT, MO - The Lee's Summit School Days WMD Exercise was
     held on March 22/24, 2005. It was an all-day exercise designed to provide a training
     environment to test the policies, plans and procedures of local first responder agencies
     involved in responding to terrorist threats. Eight on-scene coordinators (OSCs) participated in
     the exercise, along with over 70 first responder agencies, fire departments, hazmat teams, law
     enforcement agencies, bomb squads, emergency medical service agencies, local and civic
     organizations, volunteer organizations, county, state, and federal agencies. Six members of
     the Region 7 Response Support Corps also participated in the exercise. The U.S.
     Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
     (MDNR) extended the exercise into a third day to provide a separate opportunity to test EPA's
     regional incident management team (IMT) and responder procedures relating to WMD
     incidents.

     CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGENT HEALTH AND SAFETY WORK GROUP - On April 20,
     2005, the Health and Safety Work Group discussed the progress of chapters being developed
     for a national health and safety guidance manual. Currently on-scene coordinator (OSC)
     Doug Ferguson is leading the group developing the chapter relating to Chemical Weapons
     Agent response activities. An outline for the chapter has been agreed on.


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JOHNSON COUNTY FORWARD REGIONAL RESPONSE TEAM TABLETOP
EXERCISE, WARRENSBURG, MISSOURI - On Saturday April 9, 2005, on-scene
coordinators (OSCs) Paul Doherty, Dave Williams and Janice Kroone participated in a
tabletop exercise designed to test the coordination and capabilities of local, state, and federal
agencies responsible for responding to a terrorist incident in Johnson County, Missouri. The
exercise was sponsored by the Missouri State Emergency Management Office and funded by
the Department of Homeland Security.

FEMA NATIONAL EMERGENCY COORDINATION NET (NECN) EXERCISE – On
Wednesday June 1, 2005, FEMA conducted its National Emergency Coordination Net
Exercise. The net is designed to provide a back-up Command and Control Communications
System to support Federal Emergency Response Plan activities and other civil emergencies by
providing federal emergency response personnel with a common HF frequency to meet on
and exchange information, coordinate activities, and to request assistance. In the event of an
emergency this net will provide links directly to the Disaster Field Office and its Emergency
Support Function (ESF) areas and FEMA Headquarters. Two FEMA Net Control Stations
participated: FEMA Mount Weather Berryville, VA and FEMA FRC VIII Denver, CO. EPA
Region 7 [KTQ319] checked in/out with FEMA FRC VIII Denver, CO [WGY908] on 10.493
MHz, LSB, at 19:01UCT. The HF radio system installed by Mark Thomas at the EPA
Region & RRC worked fine. Heath Smith participated in the net exercise on behalf of EPA
Region 7.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
SYSTEMS SHARES HF RADIO PROGRAM - On Wednesday June 8, 2005, EPA Region
VII participated in a net exercise. EPA Region 7 [KTQ319] checked in/out with AAR7AL on
6.765 Mhz, USB, at 16:51 UCT. Brian Mitchell participated in the net exercise on behalf of
EPA Region 7. The net is designed to test HF communication systems.

WOLF CREEK NUCLEAR POWER PLANT DRILL, BURLINGTON, KS - On-scene
coordinator Huu Ngo attended a day long drill at the Wolf Creek power plant. OSC Ngo
worked with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) radiation program
in the Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) and participated with the joint monitoring field
teams, in observing sampling and assessment activities during a simulated release of radiation
from a nuclear power plant.

RICE 05 EXERCISE, KANSAS CITY, KS - On June 2, 2005, the Region 7 U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held it's second annual COOP exercise sponsored by
the Kansas City Federal Executive Board (FEB). The purpose of the exercise is to test the
Federal Community’s ability to activate, mobilize and begin initial emergency COOP
operations under guidance outlined in FEMA’s Federal Preparedness Circular 65, federal
statutes, Executive Orders, and Agency plans. The focus of the exercise was primarily on
phase II activities (12 hours -30 days). The exercise also tested concepts and ideas presented
in the new National Response Plan (NRP). The exercise was a NO-FAULT, non-attribution
exercise.

COOPER NUCLEAR STATION EXERCISE, BROWNVILLE,NE - On-scene coordinators
(OSCs) Paul Doherty and John Frey participated in an emergency response exercise held by
the Nebraska Public Power District at the Cooper Nuclear Station, Brownville, NE. A release
of radioactive material was simulated that prompted emergency response action at the facility

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         and in the surrounding community. Field response teams from the states of Kansas and
         Missouri also participated in the drill.

         COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT-Wednesday, October 19, 2005, OSC John Frey
         participated in a tabletop exercise with Terasen Pipelines in Salisbury, Missouri. This all day
         event included involvement from the EPA , MDNR, and the Chariton County LEPC.

C.   FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL PLANNING AND COORDINATION EFFORTS.

         THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA OPTICAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER
         SYMPOSIUM – February17-18, 2005, ASPECT was a featured program during the
         symposium with a wide audience including leading scientists as well federal and state
         emergency responder representatives.

         KDHE/KANSAS CORPORATION COMMISSION (KCC)/KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF
         WILDLIFE & PARKS (KDP) COORDINATION MEETING, WICHITA, KS - On-scene
         coordinator Don Lininger and ER&R Branch Chief Scott Hayes attended this coordination
         meeting of the three state agencies. The meeting had more than 70 attendees. Both Don
         Lininger and Scott Hayes gave presentations on the Oil Pollution Act and the National
         Pollution Funds Center.

         LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, JEFFERSON CITY, MO - On February 23, 2005, on-scene
         coordinator (OSC) Don Lininger gave a presentation as part of the Environmental Lecture
         Series at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. The presentation discussed CERCLA,
         Region 7's Response & Removal program, and the residential lead cleanup at the National
         Zinc Site in Cherryvale, KS.

         PLATTE RIVER SUB-AREA CONTINGENCY PLAN, HOLDREGE, NE - On February 1,
         2005, on-scene coordinator (OSC) Huu Ngo met with officials from the Nebraska Department
         of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) field office in Holdrege, NE., to discuss participation in
         the Platte River Sub Area Contingency Plan (SACP).

         PLATTE RIVER SUB-AREA CONTINGENCY PLAN, HOLDREGE, NE - On February 1,
         2005, on-scene coordinator (OSC) Huu Ngo met with officials from the Nebraska Department
         of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) field office in Holdrege, NE., to discuss participation in
         the Platte River Sub Area Contingency Plan (SACP).

         RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE OPERATIONS (RERO), FT.
         MCCLELLAN, AL - On-scene coordinators (OSCs) Huu Ngo and Doug Ferguson attended
         the RERO course at Ft. McClellan, AL the week of February 14-18, 2005. The course
         provided hands-on training in utilizing radiological detection equipment and the Incident
         Command System (ICS) in radiological response. This training will be the basis for future
         training to OSCs on radiological response.

         SHAWNEE COUNTY KANSAS - On March 30, 2005, on-scene coordinator (OSC) Randy
         Schademann met with the Shawnee County Health Department to begin coordination on
         providing training on personal protective equipment (PPE), fit testing requirements, medical
         surveillance, and record keeping for staff assigned to respond to events involving biological
         agents. In the future, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide train- the-

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trainer sessions to facilitate internal fulfillment of these requirements by the health
departments.

BURLINGTON, IOWA WATER SECURITY WORKSHOP, BURLINGTON, IA - On
March 16, 2005, On-scene coordinator (OSC) Randy Schademann assisted with the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-
sponsored water security workshop in Burlington, Iowa. The EPA assisted with classroom set
up, managing speaker tracks, and facilitation of a table top exercise.

NEBRASKA CIVIL SUPPORT TEAM - On March 29, 2005, on-scene coordinators Doug
Ferguson and Randy Schademann met with Major John Buhrman, Deputy Commander of the
Nebraska Civil Support Team. Major Burhman was provided with information regarding the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA=s) emergency response and removal program.
Opportunities for joint training and coordinated response between crisis and consequence
management were discussed.

BIOTERRORISM SYMPOSIUM, LINCOLN, NE - On March 23/4, 2005, on-scene
coordinator (OSC) Doug Ferguson attended a Bioterrorism Symposium in Lincoln, NE. OSC
Ferguson attended presentations regarding biopreparedness and networked with responders
and other personnel within his outreach area where information was exchanged regarding the
current status of agroterrorism, bomb blast injury, a new bio-containment hospital unit in
Omaha, NE., and biological laboratory testing. The following website is available for future
offerings: www.bioprepare.org

WATER-SECURITY TABLETOP, KEARNEY, NE - On-scene coordinators (OSCs) Janice
Kroone and Huu Ngo worked with the drinking water program, chemical risk and information
branch and Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) officials to provide
water security training to approximately 50 local water operators and first responders. The
training was held March 2, 2005. In attendance were local operators from Kearney as well as
smaller communities from throughout Nebraska.

OMAHA METROPOLITAN MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM (OMMRRS) EXERCISE,
OMAHA, NE - On-scene coordinators (OSCs) Janice Kroone, Randy Schademann and Huu
Ngo participated as evaluators in a full- scale terrorist exercise March 11/14, 2005 in Omaha,
NE. Over 500 local responders and volunteers were in attendance. Members of local Hazmat
teams, law enforcement and fire all responded.

OUTREACH TO MACON FIRE DEPARTMENT, MACON, MO - On-scene coordinator
Huu Ngo provided the Macon Fire Department with information on the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 Emergency Response Program. OSC Ngo gave a
presentation and provided additional handouts to personnel in the fire department.

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY PRESENTATION, JEFFERSON CITY, MO - On March 14,
2005, a presentation was given to about 50 students at Lincoln University in Jefferson City,
MO. The presentation was part of a series arranged though the Region 7 Office of External
Programs (OEP) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Lincoln University. The
fifty minute power point presentation focused on the site selection criteria and the Annapolis
Lead Mine time-critical removal. The presentation was well received.


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EARTH DAY - OSCs Casillas, Garvey and Lynch participated in an Earth Day event held at
the Wyandotte County Lake on April 22, 2005. The Water Rally 2005 event was held for
Wyandotte County grade school children. Approximately 400 children attended the event.
The OSCs presented the emergency response capabilities of the Superfund Program and let
the children get some hands-on experience.

EARTH DAY - On April 22nd, John Frey (EFLR) accompanied Kim Olson (OEP) and Larry
Mullins (RCRA) to the Sac and Fox Nation to assist with the Tribes celebration of Earth Day,
2005. EPA involvement consisted of providing environmental outreach to approximately 100
elementary aged children and adults. To the delight of all the children, Charlie the Chipmunk
was on hand espousing the benefits of protecting the Earth and all of its environments.

WATER SECURITY WORKSHOPS, MASON CITY, IA - OSC DeAndre Singletary
attended a water security workshop hosted by US EPA Region 7, Iowa Department of Natural
Resources, Iowa Homeland Security Department and other stakeholders on April 7, 2005 in
Mason City, IA. He facilitated several of the workshops offered to Iowa public water
personnel concerning vulnerabilities and terrorism in public water infrastructure.

GREAT PLAINS HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SYMPOSIUM INSTRUCTOR,
HASTINGS, NE - On April 29-30, 2005, on-scene coordinators (OSCs) Doug Ferguson and
Randy Schademann will provide instruction at the symposium held in Hastings, NE.
Presentations on identification of chemical and biological weapons as well as recognition of
materials and equipment used to produce them will be delivered. OSC Eric Nold will present
information regarding mercury spill response procedures.

FORENSIC EPIDEMIOLOGY WORKSHOP, LINCOLN, NE - On Wednesday, April 13,
2005, on-scene coordinator (OSC) Doug Ferguson attended the Forensic Epidemiology
Workshop held in Lincoln, Nebraska. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was
represented by OSC Ferguson in two table top exercises/guided activities held at the end of
the course relating to bio-terror incidents. The exercises focused on coordination between
public health representatives and law enforcement personnel as well as improvement of bio-
terrorism response.

SALINE COUNTY NEBRASKA LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE
(LEPC) MEETING, CRETE, NE - On the evening of April 12, 2005, on-scene coordinator
(OSC) Doug Ferguson attended the Saline County LEPC meeting held in Crete, Nebraska.
Brochures were distributed explaining the EPA's Emergency Response program. There were
about 10 members of the LEPC in attendance including Law Enforcement, Industry, the
emergency management agency (EMA), Fire, Nebraska Department of Environmental
Quality (NDEQ) and, Public Health. Future training and exercise opportunities with the
LEPC/EMA coordinator B.J. Fictum were discussed.

CAREER DAY - On May 13, John Frey and Eric Nold both of (EFLR) participated in Career Day at
James Elementary School in Kansas City, MO. Participation included a presentation on the hazards
of mercury presented by Eric Nold and a showing of the new response truck and various pieces of
personal protective equipment by John Frey. Both presentations were presented to over 250 children
ranging in ages from kindergarten to fifth grade.




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SOUTHWEST MISSOURI FRP (FACILITY RESPONSE PLAN) FACILITY
INSPECTIONS, SOUTHWEST MO - On-scene coordinators (OSCs) Paul Doherty and Eddie
McGlasson conducted seven FRP facility inspections in the southwest Missouri area. An
equipment deployment exercise was conducted in conjunction with three facility inspections.
The field work was performed in conjunction with a National Response Plan (NRP) Sub-Area
Planning activity in order to conserve limited oil program travel dollars.

PARKVIEW WELL SITE, GRAND ISLAND, NE - A public availability meeting was held
on Wednesday, May 18, 2005, to discuss the status of on-going removal actions (15
residences provided with alternative water since January 2005); planned remedial
investigation actions; and community involvement opportunities relating to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) on-going investigations into ground-water
contamination problems in the Parkview Well area. Approximately 80 citizens attended. The
EPA's presentation and actions to date were generally well received by the community.

OMAHA/COUNCIL BLUFFS SUB-AREA CONTINGENCY PLAN COLLEGE WORLD
SERIES EXERCISE – A tabletop exercise was held at the Douglas County Emergency
Operations Center on June 9, 2005 in preparation for the College World Series.
Approximately 80 responders attended this event, which featured a tabletop exercise
developed by the Omaha Fire Department and EPA.

LMASA (Latino Math and Science Academy) - On June 24th, John Frey and Adam Ruiz both
of (EFLR) along with Manny Schmaedick (ER&R) each gave presentations to the visiting
LMASA (Latino Math and Science Academy) students. Approximately 20 students were in
attendance ranging in grades from 10th to 12th . All three presenters described their current
work activities and how each of them came to work at the EPA.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-OSC Garvey presented to an environmental geology class at
the University of Nebraska, Omaha on June 16, 2005 concerning the Superfund Program and
the capabilities of the Region 7 Emergency Response Program. Approximately 40 students
were in attendance studying the academic week's topic of "pollution".

ASPECT, QUEBEC, CANADA - On June 21, 2005, on-scene coordinator (OSC) Mark
Thomas attended a meeting in Quebec, Canada, regarding the use of the ASPECT technology.
The meeting served to share information on ASPECT's technology to communicate with the
first responder, and the Canadian Air Pirate infrared (IR )airborne system. The Canadians
have invited OSC Thomas to speak at the upcoming joint (UK, Australian, Canadian, US)
Defense and Security Innovations 2005 Conference (November) on the use of ASPECT in
support of the first responder. Among other topics discussed was possible collaborative work
on data collection and processing methods as related to airborne IR applications, mutual
hardware/software enhancements in the area of data acquisition equipment, and data
communication systems.

NORTH PLATTE FIRE DEPARTMENT MEETING, NORTH PLATTE, NE - On July 8,
2005, on-scene coordinator (OSC) Laura met with the North Platte Fire Department to discuss
North Platte interest in SACP, promote attendance at the Local Emergency Planning
Committee (LEPC) conference in August, and to discuss local and U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) response capabilities.


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RIVER VALLEY GROUNDWATER CITY AND COMMUNITY MEETINGS, NORTH
PLATTE, NE - On July 7, 2005, on-scene coordinator (OSC) Laura Casillas attended the
North Platte Groundwater City meeting. OSC Casillas met with city officials and parties
involved in cleanup.

PLATTE RIVER SUB-AREA CONTINGENCY PLAN MEETING, GRAND ISLAND, NE
- On July 13, 2005, on-scene coordinator (OSC) Huu Ngo met with representatives of the
North Platte Fire and Hazmat Department to discuss future training and exercise
opportunities. OSC Ngo also met with the Emergency Manager of Kearney County, NE. to
discuss the development of training and exercises. OSC Ngo met with all members of the
Platte River Sub-Area Contingency Plan to discuss issues in the development of the plan.

NEBRASKA CIVIL SUPPORT TEAM (CST) EXERCISE, OMAHA, NE - On July 13,
2005, on-scene coordinators (OSCs) Huu Ngo and Janice Kroone met with members of the
Omaha Fire Department, the Omaha Police Department, and the Nebraska CST to discuss
development of the exercise evaluation for the Nebraska CST. The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) will be developing an exercise involving a dirty bomb to test the
response capabilities of the CST and Omaha Fire and Police Departments.

NEBRASKA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NEMA) WEAPONS OF MASS
DESTRUCTION (WMD)/HAZMAT CONFERENCE, GRAND ISLAND, NE - On July
20/21, 2005, on-scene coordinators (OSCs) Huu Ngo and Randy Schademann attended a
conference introducing the ten new Nebraska regional hazmat teams. OSC Schademann also
gave a presentation on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) response
capabilities.

OMAHA METRO MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM (OMMRS): OSC Nold attended a
scheduled OMMRS meeting on July 14, 2005 at the Methodist Medical Center in Omaha, NE.
Approximately 25 people attended the meeting, representing three hospitals, Offutt Air Force
Base, LEPC, Red Cross, local fire department and police department, and Douglas County
Health Department. The meeting focused on the next scheduled training scheduled for July
23rd during the air show at the Air Force Base.

REGION 7 LEPC/TERC CONFERENCE, KANSAS CITY, MO - On August 17/21, 2005,
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted the Region 7 Local Emergency
Planning Committee & Tribal Emergency Response Committee (LEPC/TERC) Conference in
Kansas City, MO. This biennial conference is arranged by the Emergency Response &
Removal (ER&R) and Air, RCRA and Toxics (ARTD) staff. Tracks were held on Radiation,
Medical and Health Services, Exercises, LEPC Basics and Homeland Security. Over 400
attendees were registered.

HAZMAT TRAINING CADRE, TOPEKA, KS - On-scene coordinator Don Lininger
participated in the Training Cadre meetings on August 11/12, 2005, in Topeka, KS. The
Training Cadre consists of officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment
(KDHE), the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the State Fire Marshall and the
Kansas Highway Patrol. The Cadre develops HAZMAT training for local responders in the
state of Kansas.



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              KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE,
              WICHITA, KS - On-scene coordinator (OSC) Don Lininger presented a session on Federal
              Spill Notification requirements at the annual conference. The conference had more than 375
              attendees.

              HIGHWAY 218 PERCHLORATE SITE, OMAHA,NEBRASKA -On August 31, 2005, OSC Garvey
              presented an update concerning the Highway 218 Perchlorate Site to the American Chemical Society's
              Annual conference in Washington D.C. There were over 15,000 attendees at the conference that
              break-out into numerous, simultaneously occurring sessions during the week long conference.

              MID-AMERICA TANNING SITE, SERGEANT’S BLUFF, WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA – OSC
              DeAndre Singletary along with Kenneth Buchholz (EFLR Branch Chief), Barbara Peterson (attorney),
              and Robert Stewart (remedial project manager) met with members of the Iowa Department of Natural
              Resources on August 10, 2005. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss litigation concerns and
              future actions at the Mid-America Tanning Site. OSC DeAndre Singletary mobilized to the site on
              August 18, 2005, to restore diked areas left in place. The dikes were left in place at the site at the
              request of the property owner; however, flooding of the property resulted from heavy rains. On
              August 19, 2005, OSC Singletary and a representative from the Iowa Department of Natural
              Resources met with property affiliates to discuss plans for a future time-critical removal action.

              PLATTE RIVER SUB-AREA, NORTH PLATTE, NE - On-scene coordinator (OSC) Huu
              Ngo discussed oil response training with members of the North Platte Fire Department.
              Region 7 OSCs and the Environmental Response Team (ERT) will provide training to local
              and state responders on oil spill response techniques. Members of the industry will also be
              involved in the training and exercise scheduled for next spring.

IIIL   PERSONNEL/ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES

       USDA Forest Service:
            Bennie Terrell added as Alternate.

       Department of Defense:
             Colin Kennedy replaced LTC Maria Lopez as Primary

       Department of Health and Human Services:
             Jim Imholte replaced Joan Harding as Primary

       Federal Emergency Management Agency:
              Dianne Wilson replaced Joe Chandler as Primary
              Joan Harding became Alternate


IV.    ISSUES OR OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS REQUIRING NRT ATTENTION

       None




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