What is the Northwest Area Contingency Plan?
In the Pacific Northwest, planning for significant oil and hazardous substance incidents is coordinated by the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho along with our federal partners, the United States Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency.  The comprehensive plan ensures a coordinated, efficient, and effective support of the federal, state, tribal, local, and international responses to significant oil and hazardous substance incidents. The Northwest Area Contingency Plan (NWACP) is mandated by the National Contingency Plan (NCP). This plan is updated annually.

What is in the NWACP?
The plan contains policies on how response to oil and hazardous substance incidents are conducted in the Pacific Northwest. These policies are developed through an inclusive process working with federal, state, local, tribal, industry partners and public. The NWACP also contains tools and job aids for the response community and decision makers including Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) and Incident Command System (ICS).

Who maintains the NWACP?
The NWACP is maintained by the Northwest Area Committee (NWAC) and the Region 10 Regional Response Team (RRT). The mission is to protect public health and safety and the environment by ensuring coordinated, efficient, and effective support of the federal, state, tribal, local, and international responses to significant oil and hazardous substance incidents.

We are committed to providing for the development of the NWACP and coordination of preparedness activities prior to a pollution incident by addressing regional and international issues and providing guidance to industry, State Emergency Response Commissions, Tribal Emergency Response Commissions, and Local Emergency Planning Committees.