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Emergency Planning, Preparedness and Response
The Region 8 EPA Preparedness Unit is comprised of programs that assist communities and facilities with emergency preparedness and accident prevention. The emergency preparedness activities focus on strengthening the ability of EPA, local, state, and other response organizations to respond effectively to future chemical and oil emergencies, and environmental crises, and share lessons learned about chemical accidents. Compliance assistance is available to support facilities for applicable regulatory programs. Regional program outreach efforts are also conducted to educated stakeholders, regulators, State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), industry, and the public about chemical and oil emergency preparedness and accident prevention.
Preparedness Unit Mission:
Increase EPA Region 8 preparedness through:
- Planning, training, exercising, and developing outreach relations with federal agencies, states, tribes, local organizations, and the regulated community.
- Assisting in the development of EPA Region 8 preparedness planning and response capabilities through the Response Support Corps (RSC), Incident Management Team (IMT), Regional Response Team (RRT), Oil Pollution Act (OPA), Risk Management Plan (RMP), etc.
- Working with facilities to reduce accidents and spills through education, inspections and enforcement.
What's Happening in Our Unit
**New Oil Regulations Workshop and Webinar**
On June 3, 2014 the Preparedness Unit Oil Program will be holding a FREE one day workshop and webinar on Oil Regulations; Sprill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Facility Response Plans ( FRP).
We' are putting together brochures to help get the word out about topics associated with our Preparedness Programs.
- Free Training
- An Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Guide for Oil and Gass Operations
TRI Training Workshop and Webinars
EPA Region 8 is providing two TRI Training Webinars on May 28 and 29: Toxics Release Inventroy (TRI) Training
These trainings consist of Basic Concepts, which is aimed at individuals unfamiliar with the TRI program and those needing a refresher on the basic requirements, and Advanced Concepts, which is aimed at individuals familiar with the TRI program and who already know that their facility must report to TRI.
Region 8 Presents RMP Ag Ammonia Webinar Training
The focus of this training is program 2 RMP facilities reporting for anhydrous ammonia.
Region 8 Training and Exercises
Region 8 creates a Training and Exercise Plan (TEP) annually discussing our latest priorities. A schedule listing our regional trainings and exercises is developed for each year.
We are always looking to assist and participate in exercises with regard to our responsibilities - chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive (CBRNE) events as well as other hazardous materials incidents.
Please contact Luke Chavez, Exercise Coordinator, if you have any questions regarding EPA Region 8 exercises or have an exercise that we may assist you in.
Oil/SPCC Workshop Schedule
Any scheduled Region 8 Oil Regulation Workshops and registration information will be listed on our Oil Program page.
CAMEO Training Schedule
For information contact Barb Nisley.