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For Immediate Release: 2/20/2015

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Free Hazardous Materials Trainings for Southern California Marinas and Yacht Clubs


Vicky Waters



Sacramento, Calif. – The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways & California Coastal Commission’s Boating Clean and Green Program is hosting two 8-Hour Hazardous Materials/Substances Emergency Response First Responder Operational (HAZWOPER) Trainings in Southern California. The trainings will take place March 19 at the San Diego Yacht Club and March 26 at the Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach. Space is limited. Registration is required.

These FREE 8-hour courses will provide marina and yacht club operators the knowledge to work in an oil spill response outside of a hazardous zone. Completion of this course satisfies Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations 1910.120(q)(8) first responder operation course and no prerequisites are needed. These courses will be certified by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Key presenters include the US Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response.

To register, please contact California’s Boating Clean and Green Program Coordinator, Vivian Matuk, via e-mail or at (415) 904-6905. Information on the location, lunch and parking options will be provided once registration has been processed. Registration for the San Diego training is required by March 16 and March 23 for the Long Beach training.

These trainings are sponsored by the Office of Spill Prevention and Response, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Agency, and the Coast Guard in partnership with the California Association of Harbormasters and Port Captains, Marina Recreation Association and the Clean Marinas California Program.


About Boating Clean and Green

The Boating Clean and Green Program is an education and outreach program conducted through the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission. The program promotes environmentally-sound boating practices to marine business and boaters.

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