Hazardous Materials Planning,
Preparedness and Response Along The US /
Mexico Border
Border to Border Transportation Conference 2007
McAllen, Texas April 2007
Valmichael Leos
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Border 2012 Program
• Signed April 2003
• 10 year binational agreement
• 6 Goals tied to regional,
divisional, and branch operating
plans
• Goal#5: Reduce exposure to
chemicals as a result of
accidental chemical releases
and/or acts of terrorism.
– 3 objectives
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Border 2012 Organization
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Border 2012 Emergency Preparedness & Response
Border-Wide Workgroup (BWWG)
• Emergency Preparedness and Response BorderWide Workgroup (BWWG) created as the steering
committee of Joint Response Team (JRT)
• JRT is currently co-chaired by EPA Office of
Emergency Management (OEM), the Procuraduría
Federal de Protección Ambiental (PROFEPA), in
partnership with other Mexican and U.S. federal, state
and local Agencies
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Federal Emergency
Preparedness and Response
Partners
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Snapshot of the U. S.
National Response System
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National Priorities
• Test the update notification system between US / Mexico
• Finalize revisions to Inland Joint Contingency Plan (JCP)
• Expedite cross border emergency response / training with
customs officials
• Secure liability insurance coverage for local emergency
responders
• Continue to provide training for Mexican emergency
responders
• Strengthen partnerships with US and Mexico federal,
state, Tribal and local offices, including:
– DHS CBP, NORTHCOM and all other JRT members
– Protección Civil (Civil Protection), CENACOM, and
Aduanas
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Goal 5: Reduce exposure to chemicals as a
result of accidental chemical releases and/or
acts of terrorism
Objectives
1.
Establish a chemical emergency advisory/notification mechanism
between Mexico and the United States
2.
Develop and implement 14 sister cities joint contingency plans –
Target is 2008
3.
Revise sister city plans to include preparedness and prevention
activities and counter terrorism – Target is 2012
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Planning – Contingency Plans
14 Local sister city contingency
plans signed
Imperial County & Mexicali 12/05
Presidio & Ojinaga 05/05
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Preparedness - Training
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Scenario: Chemical Release
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Topics:
Incident/Unified Command
Personal Protective
Equipment
Decontamination
Identification of Hazardous
Materials
FRP, NRP, NIMS
CBRN Response
Spanish CAMEO
FOG Manual Spanish
HazMat Training
WMD/CST
Hospital Decontamination
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Preparedness Hazardous Materials Drills
Region 6 - Brownsville/Matamoros
Region 9 - Agua Prieta/Douglas
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Preparedness – Table Top Exercises
Tijuana Baja California, Sept. 2005
Scenario: Ammonia Tanker Truck Spill at Customs Crossing
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Preparedness – Binational Partners
Border Emergency Management
Academy (Tijuana)
 Partnership: SD Co, PROFEPA,
Protection Civil Baja California,
Tijuana Fire Dept, Centro Industrial
for Gestion Ambiental, USEPA,
Universidad ABC
 Governor of Baja California letter of
Support (9/05)
 Interim Organizational Structure
prop (10/05)
 Binational Convenio 2006 (Federal,
State and local agencies)
UABC-Tijuana
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Preparedness – Risk Identification
Commodity Flow Studies provide local baseline information
concerning the transportation of hazardous materials through a given
transportation corridor.
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El Paso, Texas
Eagle Pass, Texas
Cameron County, Texas
– Brownsville Veteran’s Bridge
– Los Indios Free Trade Bridge
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Cameron County CFS (Rail)
• Rail Traffic (Y2000)
– 6,673 North Bound
– 22,027 South Bound
– 3,370 HazMat N+S
– 12% HazMat
• Top 5 Commodities
– Anhydrous Hydrogen
Fluoride (800)
– Propylene Oxide (682)
– Molten Sulfur (537)
– Chlorine (242)
– Carbon Dioxide
Refrigerated (186)
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Preparedness – Industry Participation
First Industry Event Mexicali, Baja
CA Nov. 2005
 50 participants discuss Sister City Plan
 Partners: Baja CA Civil Protection, City of
Mexicali, Imperial County, EPA,
CANACINTRA (Industry)
 Identify key sectors for pilot reduction
project ( 2006)
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Binational Response
San Lazaro, Mexico Rail Car spill (Aug.
2005)
 2 tank cars ruptured; 24,000 gallons of
98% sulfuric acid to Santa Cruz river
10 miles south of international border
 Response
– Binational Plan activated
– Well shut down on the Santa Cruz
River
– Advisory to shut down wells.
– Emergency drinking water supplies
in AZ
– Mexico Impoundments to divert
flows
– Lime Treatment
 30 US/Mexico participants
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Region 9 Border Initiatives
 Complete the Emergency Management
Academy infrastructure and first
responder training
 Conduct exercise in Mexicali/Imperial
County too test local and national
protocols
 Implement high risk source reduction
projects
- target industry (Mexicali/IC)
- rail cars (AZ/SON)
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Region 6 Border Initiatives
 Table Top Exercise
- El Paso / Juarez  Notification System Drill
- NRC / CENACOM  EPA Border Crossing
Response Drill
- Del Rio, Tx / Cuidad
Acuna, Coahuila MX
 MOU / Sister City
Agreement – El Paso /
Juarez
 LEPC / CLAM Taskforce
Workshops
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Regional Priorities Summary
• 1. Expand available training to both MX and US local
emergency responders, including Tribal govts
• 2. Continue securing a public/private partnership to
expand training along Texas / N. Mexico border area with
Mexico.
• 3. Investigate possible funding options and/or public &
private donors to provide response gear / personal
protective equipment for Mexican local emergency
responders.
• 4. Conduct future commodity flow studies
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Emergency Preparedness & Response
US/Mexico Border Contact Information
United States
USEPA Headquarters – Office
of Emergency Management
Dana Tulis, Co-Chair <[email protected]>
Mark Mjoness <[email protected]>
Beatriz Oliveira <[email protected]>
USEPA Region 6
Ragan Broyles <[email protected]>
Valmichael Leos <[email protected]>
USEPA Region 9
Dan Meer <[email protected]>
Kathryn Lawrence <[email protected]>
Barbara Maco <[email protected]>
Mexico
Procuraduría Federal de
Protección al Ambiente
(PROFEPA)
Juan Elvira Quesada, Co-Chair,
<[email protected]>
Ing. Enrique Ortiz, <[email protected]>
Secretaria de Gobernación,
Coordinación General de
Protección Civil
Ing. José León Arturo Vilchis, Coordinador General,
<[email protected]>
Ing. Raul Rivera Palacios, Director de Administración21de
Emergencias, <[email protected]>
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