(formerly known as the Natural Resources Trust and Response Team)
The Resource Protection, Preparedness and Response Team and the Regional Offices work with multiple federal, state and local agencies and other organizations to improve protection and recovery of the Department's natural and cultural resource and historic property interests during both emergencies and long-term responses.
Natural Resources Trust
Coordination of environmental response with natural resource restoration. Rapid resolution of contamination and hazardous waste problems is best achieved when response and restoration actions are effectively coordinated. OEPC facilitates such coordination by:
Safeguard DOI's natural and cultural resources and historic properties, as well as DOI employees and visitors during disasters and emergencies. OEPC makes DOI's emergency preparedness and response processes more efficient and effective through inter-bureau/interagency collaboration. Two principal responsibilities are:
Establish and implement interagency policy and guidance when multiple federal agencies are involved in remedial response actions affecting DOI resources. OEPC's works towards early, upfront resolution of interagency issues so that subsequent, multiple case-specific remedial response actions can be taken quicker and more effectively at a reduced cost. The two lines of effort are:
The RPPR Team provides principal support for OEPC's continuity of operations, budget formulation, and financial management execution. The Team supports the establishment, tracking and analysis of performance measures, workload measures and other metrics needed for documenting the office's programs and performance supporting DOI's Strategic Plan.
The Role of OEPC in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response
The Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OEPC) performed the following: