24. Describe each of the following special teams available to assist the FOSC. Include the type of services they provide, the equipment and/or personnel they may bring to a response, and how they are accessed when needed (40 CFR 300.145): Environmental Response Team (ERT) 40 CFR 300.145(b):
The Environmental Response Team is recognized as a vital link in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) battle to remediate and limit environmental damage to air, land, and water, and evaluate threats to human health. Established in 1978 under the Clean Water Act and mandated as one of the Special Forces under the National Contingency Plan (NCP), the ERT, a branch within the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), is comprised of a group of EPA technical professionals, who provide the EPA Regional and Headquarters Offices, U.S. Coast Guard, District Offices, Federal, State, local Agencies, and foreign governments, experienced technical and logistical assistance in responding to environmental emergencies such as oil or hazardous materials spills, and the characterization and clean up of hazardous waste sites.