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Oil Spill Response Training and Testing Facility Receives Structural Improvements

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has announced actions underway to improve infrastructure and storm mitigation measures at the Ohmsett national oil spill response research and renewable energy test facility in Leonardo, NJ.

BSEE notes that improvements include the addition of a new warehouse and storm-resistant designs, an emergency backup generator, elevation of electrical and other equipment above potential storm surge levels, and installation of barriers to prevent debris impacts to the facility’s infrastructure.

Ohmsett includes the nation’s largest saltwater tank used for testing oil removal technologies. It is the only facility where full-scale oil spill response equipment testing, research, and training can be conducted in a marine environment with oil under controlled environmental conditions (waves and oil types). Many commercially available oil spill cleanup products have been tested at Ohmsett, and response planners use data collected at the facility in reviewing and approving facility response and contingency plans.

BSEE is the principal federal agency funding offshore oil spill response research, and Ohmsett is a key part of the bureau’s Oil Spill Response Research Program. The facility is also a venue for renewable energy testing with wave energy conversion devices.

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