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 CALVERTON, N.Y., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Response Corporation (NRC) announced today the details of the first oil spill response training course designed to familiarize contractors and spill response personnel with today's state-of-the-art equipment used for responding to oil spills. The specific goal of the program is to give executives and supervisors the training necessary to use and instruct their personnel in handling equipment which is prepositioned for spill response.
 NRC, a national oil spill contractor, was formed in response to the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and various state oil spill laws for greater oil spill response resources. NRC has set up an Independent Contractor Network (ICN Network) to coordinate and fully utilize existing resources. Where necessary, NRC will selectively preposition its own equipment to augment current response capabilities.
 The program, which assembled 70 senior executives and supervisors from 30 independent contractors on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts, Puerto Rico, and the Inland River System, provided an opportunity to organize ICN Network participants into small, local groups so as to insure closer field coordination on future spill response efforts.
 The course is being led by instructors from the following manufacturers of NRC equipment: Marco Pollution Control, Vikoma International, Findlay Machine & Tool (FMT), Inc., Containment Systems, Oil Stop, Inc., Guzzler Manufacturing, Inc. and American Eagle Manufacturing, Inc.
 NRC President Mark Miller stressed the contribution of the program to the national preparedness for dealing with a disastrous spill, "By training the 70 people attending this course, NRC will have significantly increased the available pool of qualified, trained technicians. We will be following up with continual on-site training."
 Miller emphasized the importance of this basic level of training in attaining NRC's objective of providing effective team work by a group of knowledgeable technicians and supervisors in the early, critical stages of responding to a spill.
 Representatives from the United States Coast Guard's National Strike Force and other federal officials have taken part in the course as observers. The course is scheduled to end Friday with a full, on-water oil spill response exercise.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Miller of National Response Corporation, 516-369-8644/

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