Full-scale oil spill exercise to be held in Westerly

File image of A bird covered in oil is shown at Fort Baker cove in Sausalito, Calif., in 2007 after a ship spilled 58,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay. - AP The USCG will hold a full scale oil spill exercise in Rhode Island.

An annual two-day oil spill exercise is planned for the waters off of a Rhode Island town.

In a news release, the Coast Guard Sector of Southeastern New England says it is hosting a full-scale oil spill exercise beginning Wednesday in Westerly.

More than 20 federal, state and local agencies will coordinate a simulated response to a potential major oil spill affected the Rhode Island coastline.

The exercise was established to comply with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which improves the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to respond to large oil spills.

The waters off Westerly are known as the Block Island Sound.

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