Emergencies

EPA's emergency management activities and regulations help protect the environment and human health from releases or discharges of oil, chemicals and other hazardous substances.

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Chemical Accident Prevention

The Clean Air Act 112(r) program is both a statutory and regulatory program designed to prevent chemical accidents and releases through a program of preparedness, response and prevention.

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Chemical Reporting

According to Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) chemical reporting requirements, facilities must report the storage, use, and release of certain hazardous chemicals.

Find more information under Toxics Release Inventory.

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Oil Spills and Hazardous Substance Releases

EPA seeks to prevent, prepare for and respond to oil spills that occur in and around inland waters of the United States. EPA is the lead federal response agency for oil spills occurring in inland waters.  The US Coast Guard is the lead response agency for spills in coastal waters and deepwater ports.

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