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Emergency Support Function 10 oversees assessments of Florida's ports and waterways

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Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, has stood up with the mission of overseeing the assessment, mitigation and removal of hazardous materials from Florida's ports and waterways in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Currently, response teams are conducting assessments of the most affected areas to include the ports and waterways of Miami, St. Petersburg, Key West and Jacksonville, Florida.

During these assessments, a higher priority is placed on vessels found to be actively leaking pollution. As teams locate emergent pollution situations, immediate action is taken to contain the material and remove it from the environment. Vessels that are damaged or sunk may be removed and taken to a staging area.

The ESF 10 is the framework by which federal support is coordinated with state agencies in response to actual or potential oil spills or hazardous material releases. Partner agencies, including Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, are contributing expertise and experience to the assessment efforts.

Damaged vessels are being tagged by assessment teams with a sticker requesting those owners contact the FWC to either report their vessel's removal or to request Coast Guard assistance in its removal.

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