Rota trains for pollution response
The U.S. Coast Guard recently conducted pollution response training on Rota.
The Coast Guard tested local response capabilities to meet national standards. Authorities responded with an actual containment and exclusion boom, which is used to control the spread of oil and other pollutants. Two hundred feet of the boom was deployed with the Department of Public Safety boat at the West Harbor.
The Rota team passed the test which will occur in another three years.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Tomas Dunning said in a statement, "This exercise allowed us to see if it was a realistic way to contain a potential discharge at the port...In a real scenario, we know DPS could reliably assist with early stages of response."