Multi-agency, industry pollution response exercise planned for Manistique Harbor, Mich.

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Manistique Harbor, Michigan. photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Coast Guard, along with federal, state, tribal and local partners, is slated to participate in a full-scale pollution response exercise in Manistique Harbor, Michigan, Saturday through  September 21.

Manistique Harbor, Michigan is located on the north shore of Lake Michigan.

A plethora of agencies will arrive in the area in preparation for the exercise. Boats, helicopters, unmanned aerial systems and pollution response equipment, such as oil containment boom and skimmers, are scheduled to be deployed in and around Manistique Harbor during the week of the event.

The full-scale exercise is conducted in accordance with the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program, which was developed to establish a workable exercise program to meet the federal oil pollution response exercise requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

The Coast Guard will apply, test, and evaluate the effectiveness of the Northern Michigan Area Contingency Plan, which details the strategy for a coordinated federal, state, tribal and local response to a discharge or substantial threat of a discharge of oil, or a release or substantial threat of a release of a hazardous substance within the boundaries of Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie’s Coastal Zone.