This paper chronicles the utilization and nine-month development of the COTP Portland Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan. Covering an area which includes 1,200 miles of scenic Oregon and Washington headlands, inlets, beaches, estuaries, and the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, the plan is a flexible, 9-volume document totaling 1,350 pages. Designed from the beginning to be used in the field, its detailed, carefully structured format has been developed to assist an on-scene coordinator in the fighting of a pollution incident. The ability to be quickly and effectively updated was also programmed into its development, and recent updating efforts are described together with the plan's successful utilization of spills ranging in size from major to minor.
Working as part of the project, this material was prepared by two Reserve officers at Oregon State University, LCDR Jim Mueller and LCDR Marty Miller.