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Spill of National Significance (SONS) Reporting Tour

March 22, 2010

Date: 03/22/2010 Location: Portland, Maine Description: FPC Tour to cover the Spill of National Significance (SONS) exercise. - State Dept Image

March 22-25, 2010; Portland, Maine
Contact: New York Media Relations Officer Melissa Waheibi
Telephone: 212-317-8334; email:

Seven Korean journalists participated in the tour to cover the Coast Guard's SONS exercise.  This is a National Tier Two exercise which happens every three years and includes the states of Maine and New Hampshire and Shell Oil.  It rehearses the communication and procedures of a large oil spill and excercises cleanup and environmental actions.