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National Response Center - (NRC) (800)424-8802
Voluntary Cleanup Section, (573) 526-8913
EPA Emergency Response Contacts (Spill and/or Release Reporting )
This listing is all 24-hour emergency response reporting numbers.
NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER (NRC) 800-424-8802 EPA, REGION VII 913-281-0991 USCG, DISTRICT 8 504-583-6225 IOWA DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES 515-281-8694 KANSAS DEPT. OF HEALTH ENVIRONMENT 785-296-1679 MISSOURI DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES 573-634-2436 NEBRASKA DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY 402-471-4545
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Emergency Response Contacts, Spill and/or Release Reporting Guide for Environmental Cleanup in Your Community
EPA can help. The Agency's Emergency Response and Removal Program conducts cleanup operations at hazardous waste sites, responds to chemical and oil spills, and removes abandoned chemicals from communities before the materials cause direct harm to the public or contaminate soil or drinking water.
EPA responds promptly to investigate reports of chemicals (drums, pails, bottles, or other containers) in abandoned commercial or industrial buildings. If EPA determines that a site containing abandoned chemicals presents an immediate and substantial threat to public health and safety, EPA can take corrective action by directing the responsible party to clean up and remove the materials or by initiating a Removal Action under Superfund authorization. These cleanups, which are generally completed within one year, are conducted when hazardous substances pose an imminent threat to the public or the environment.
Because Superfund holds that owners of property are generally responsible for cleanup costs, some municipalities have expressed concern about being liable on the properties that they own. However, Superfund contains an exemption from liability specifically for Governmental entities, such as municipalities, if they are the owner of a contaminated property acquired in connection with a bankruptcy, tax delinquency, abandonment, or similar circumstance, as long as they did not cause or contribute to the contamination. More information on this exemption is available through the Superfund Ombudsman.
The EPA Superfund Ombudsman serves as a point of contact for the public, industry and government representatives to resolve concerns and provide information and guidance on Superfund issues. EPA Community Involvement Coordinators are also available to answer questions and provide information to citizens and media representatives.
EPA provides technical assistance (including air monitoring) and logistical support to local emergency response organizations responsible for responding to chemical spills and air releases. EPA can fund a spill cleanup in the absence of appropriate actions by the responsible party. In addition, improper storage or segregation of chemicals in a warehouse may pose the threat of an accidental release, which EPA can take action to correct. EPA also responds to investigate reports of illegal dumping of chemicals and/or hazardous waste.
EPA responds to oil spills to ensure proper cleanup, and investigates reports of discharges of oil from facilities and reports of improperly stored oil. EPA inspects commercial, industrial, and government facilities that store oil of any kind for compliance with federal oil pollution prevention regulations. Underground petroleum storage tank programs are administered by each state's environmental agency.
Oil Spill Program - information about the U.S. EPA's program for preventing, preparing for, and responding to oil spills that occur in and around inland waters of the United States.
EPA's RCRA program inspects operating facilities and investigates reports of improper storage or disposal of hazardous waste. EPA can take necessary corrective actions, including inspections or enforcement actions, against the facilities, to ensure compliance with hazardous waste storage and disposal regulations.