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The Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) was established as a partnership between the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2004.

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The Center for Spills and Environmental Hazards (CSE) is a University center that expands the scope of interaction and cooperation with the private sector, other government agencies and universities.


The Centers are administered by, and located at, the UNH campus in Durham, NH.  Both centers are affiliated with the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE). Center one-pager here>>



  • NOAA Awards $7.3 Million for Marine Debris Removal, Prevention, and Research
    Ocean News & Technology, Friday, September 17, 2021
  • NOAA Announces $4.6 Million in Coastal and Infrastructure Resilience Grants
    ECO Magazine, Friday, September 17, 2021
  • Welcome to new division chief for NOAA OR&R ERD!
    NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, Wednesday, September 15, 2021
  • U.S. Coast Guard Works Overtime to Manage Post-Hurricane Cleanup
    The Maritime Executive, Thursday, September 9, 2021
  • Mauritius Incident Was World's First Major Spill of Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil
    ECO Magazine, Tuesday, September 7, 2021


The Oil Spill Task Force held a webinar entitled "Renewable Fuels - Fundamentals, Future and Response Planning". The presentations and a recording of the webinar are now available on our website here

This final action addresses environmental monitoring of dispersant use in response to major discharges and to certain dispersant use situations. Specifically, in this action, the Agency establishes monitoring requirements for any subsurface use of dispersant in response to an oil discharge, surface use of dispersant in response to oil discharges of more than 100,000 U.S. gallons occurring within a 24 hour period, and surface use of dispersant for more than 96 hours after initial application in response to an oil discharge.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has invited the public to comment on a proposal to conduct a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for decommissioning oil and gas platforms and other facilities on the Pacific outer continental shelf. 

The Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force’s Summary of West Coast Oil Spill Data, Calendar Year 2020 is now available. Since 2003, the Task Force has been tracking spills of 42 gallons and larger of crude and non-crude products, both marine and inland.

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