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ESA MOA

An interagency Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Oil Spill Planning and Response Activities Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act's National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan
This Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) provides a framework for cooperation and participation among parties involved in oil spill planning and response. It outlines procedures to streamline Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance process before, during and after an incident.

1-Hour Presentation on Endangered Species Act Memorandum of Agreement (2002)
A 1-hour presentation on "An interagency Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Regarding Oil Spill Planning and Response Activities Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act's National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP)," otherwise known as the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). This presentation is intended to help establish procedures to facilitate smooth ESA consultation. It provides a basic review of the NCP and the National Response System (NRS) and discusses their relation to the ESA and Area Contingency Plan (ACP) fish and wildlife annex.

4-Hour Training Presentation on Endangered Species Act Memorandum of Agreement (2002)
Extended version of the 1-hour Endangered Species Act (ESA) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) presentation.

Sample Resource and Response Matrix
This 1-page matrix serves as an example of a tool work groups could develop. It examines the effect of using various countermeasures (mechanical, chemical, in-situ burning (ISB), etc.) in different environments (terrestrial, offshore shallow, etc.) and creates a matrix of the possible implications of these countermeasures.

Coordination Oil Spill Response Actions Under the Clean Water Act & Endangered Species Act
This fact sheet provides brief background information on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and then seeks to establish a protocol for cooperation among U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI) through Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Ocean Service in the exercise of oil spill planning and response duties and responsibilities under ESA.

Towards a Common Goal: Coordinating Actions Under the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act
This powerpoint presentation provides an overview of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Frequently Asked Questions on Endangered Species Act Memorandum of Agreement
Answers frequently asked questions on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Spill Planning and Response under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act's (FWPCA) National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) and Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Instructor's Notes on the Endangered Species Act Memorandum of Agreement
An instructor aid for training session on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA); Provides three samples scenarios, criteria for developing one's own scenario and directions on how an instructor can effectively use a scenario during training.

Training Manual for Endangered Species Act Memorandum of Agreement (2002)
Created for use by federal agencies that signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), this guidebook is intended to familiarize workers and service reps with the details of the MOA. Both this guide and the ESA MOA strive to facilitate cooperation and understanding between agencies involved in oil spill planning and response, a process that must begin prior to any incident and continue long after that incident.

Request for Concurrence
Under Section 7 of Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is required to seek concurrence that implementation of an Area Contingency Plan (ACP) is not likely to adversely affect endangered species or habitats in the area of implementation. This sample letter requests informal review by the Division of Endangered Species at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/National Marine Fisheries Service (FWS/NMFS) of the plan in question.

Request for Formal Consultation
As required under Section 7 of Endangered Species Act (ESA), after determining that the plan named is likely to cause adverse affects, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) must seek formal consultation from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/National Marine Fisheries Service (FWS/NMFS). This is a sample letter requesting formal consultation from the Division of Endangered Species at FWS/NMFS.

Request for Species List
Under Section 7 of Endangered Species Act (ESA), when creating an Area Contingency Plan (ACP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is required to identify listed species and designated critical habitat that may be affected in the event of an oil spill. This sample letter requests guidance from the Division of Endangered Species at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/National Marine Fisheries Service (FWS/NMFS) in compiling such a list.

Training Reference for Oil Spill Response (1994)
Outlines the statutory requirements for preparing personnel to react to an oil spill. Additionally, discusses suggested training elements for qualified individuals, spill management teams, vessel personnel, facility personnel, oil spill removal organizations, and worker health and safety training. It also contains information on oil spill response courses, training resources, and includes three sample lesson plans.

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