The response and recovery for the BP Oil Spill Disaster are being carried out under the National Contingency Plan, with lead roles for the USCG, EPA, and NOAA. Today the Washington Post provides an in-depth analysis of the changing roles and functions of the USCG. See Oil spill shows difficulty the Coast Guard faces as it balances traditional tasks with post-9/11 missions
The U.S. Coast Guard in recent years has fought international terrorism, defended Iraqi pipelines and patrolled for pirates in the Arabian Sea. * * * Internal and congressional studies highlighted the difficulty the agency faces in balancing its many added responsibilities. “Oil-spill issues were not at the top of the list” ….