Homeland Security Presidential Directives
Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPDs) are issued by the President on matters pertaining to Homeland Security. Three directives directly affect EPA's role in the national emergency response system.
HSPD-7 Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection requires Federal agencies to coordinate the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources. EPA is specifically responsible for drinking water and water treatment systems.
HSPD-8 National Preparedness directs the federal government agencies departments to be prepared to respond to nationally significant terrorist incidents anywhere in the United States. EPA is identified as an agency that provides assistance.