Reactivation of the Oil and Hazardous Materials Simulated Environmental Test Tank (OHMSETT) Facility

by Lawrence J. Hannon, Minerals Management Service, Herndon, United States,
Edward J. Tennyson, Minerals Management Service, Herndon, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91

Abstract: The Oil and Hazardous Materials Simulated Environmental Test Tank (OHMSETT) was run by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1974 to 1988. This open-air tank was used to test and evaluate oil spill response equipment and related response strategies in the presence of oil. The Minerals Management Service (MMS) together with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and Environment Canada (EC) are sponsoring the refurbishment of this unique facility. It is one of the world's largest tow/wave tanks designed to work with oil. The MMS contracted with the David Taylor Research Center (DTRC) (Department of the Navy) to oversee the refurbishment. This refurbishment and the reestablishment of the OHMSETT facility is well underway and is expected to be completed by May or June 1991. The MMS will manage the facility and will contract the operation and maintenance of OHMSETT. The sponsoring agencies will have priority for use of the tank, but the facility will be made available to anyone who wishes to have their equipment evaluated. Actual operation of the tank after shakedown is expected to begin around August 1991.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Material tests | Hazardous materials | Storage tanks | Hazardous materials spills | Water tanks | Federal government | North America | Canada

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