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Oil Spill Response
Public concern surrounding the impacts of oil spills and leaks is growing, and the need for response plans has never been greater. NSC has provided scientific support during spill response in environments stretching from the Pacific coast of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. NSC personnel are knowledgeable in the application of the Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT), which involves the systematic assessment of shoreline surface and sub-surface oiling conditions. Treatment endpoints and cleanup recommendations are subsequently developed, with consideration given to environmental and cultural sensitivities. NSC has also developed assessment and monitoring protocols for contaminated sites in freshwater lakes and rivers, with a focus on surface water, pore-water, sediment quality and biota (lower trophic levels and fish).