Enforcement and Assistance in New England
Emergency Planning and Preparedness 2006 Year in Review
Emergency Planning & Preparedness 2006
Environmental emergencies involving the release, or threatened release, of oil, hazardous materials or chemicals may potentially affect communities and the surrounding environment. Releases may be accidental, as in the case of a spill at a chemical plant, or deliberate. Releases can also be caused by natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the recent floods in New England. The EPA-NE Preparedness & Community Right-To-Know Team works with a variety of private and public entities to help plan, prevent and prepare for responding to chemical spills and releases. To that end, the Team assists industries in reporting chemical storage activity and releases; assists state and local governments in developing and implementing preparedness and emergency response plans; and provides individuals with "right-to-know" information about toxic chemicals in their communities. The office also brings enforcement actions for violations of the chemical safety requirements of the Clean Air Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA).