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EPA regulations help ensure that facilities take steps to prevent oil spills, chemical accidents, and other emergencies, and implement planning and response requirements.  EPA often provides additional information to help the regulated community better understand the regulations and to prevent, prepare for, and respond to environmental emergencies. 

The following policy statements, guidance, and compliance assistance guides provide additional information on compliance with these emergency management regulations:

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Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Requirements

Guidance

FR Notice: Guidance on Reporting Options for Sections 311 and 312 and Interpretations (PDF) (8 pp, 204K)

RMPs Are on the Way! - How LEPCs and other Local Agencies Can Include Information from Risk Management Plans in Their Ongoing Work (PDF) (62 pp, 1.1MB)
Issued: November 1999


Facility Response Plan (FRP) Rule

FRP Compliance Assistance Guide (PDF)  (18 pp, 401K)

En Español - Facility Response Planning Compliance Assistance Guide (PDF) (20 pp, 730K)

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Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan)

(Note: The official version of the One Plan Guidance was published in the Federal Register on June 5, 1996, and the official version in PDF format below contains the complete document as published. However, a correction was published in the Federal Register since several lines from table "DOT/RSPA FRP (49 CFR 194)" were omitted in the original published version. The text for the FR correction notice is also included below. The complete corrected version is available in WordPerfect format below.)

The National Response Team’s Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan) (Corrected Version) (64 pp, 266K, WPD)

The National Response Team’s Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan) (PDF) (24 pp, 830K)
Issued: June 1996

National Response Team’s Integrated Contingency Plan (One Plan) Guidance Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 189K)
Issued: April 1998

Correction Notice for "The National Response Team’s Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan) (published June 19, 1996)"

NRT-2: Developing a Hazardous Materials Exercise Program - A Handbook for State and Local Officials

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Risk Management Plan (RMP) Rule Guidance

Guidance Documents

RMPs Are on the Way! - How LEPCs and other Local Agencies Can Include Information from Risk Management Plans in Their Ongoing Work (PDF) (62 pp, 1.1MB)
Issued: November 1999

Fact Sheets

Public Distribution of Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information (PDF) (3 pp, 34K)
Issued: August 2000
Describes the final regulations governing access to and dissemination of restricted forms of information about the potential off-site consequences of accidental chemical releases.

US EPA Assessment of the Incentives Created by Public Disclosure of Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information for Reduction in the Risk of Accidental Releases (PDF) (149 pp, 644K)
Issued: April 18, 2000

FBI/EPA fact sheet Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act: Public Meetings and Other Notification (PDF) (4 pp, 86K)
Issued: October 1999

Owners, Operators of Stationary Sources Must Comply with Clean Air Act’s "General Duty" Clause (PDF) (2 pp, 47K)
Issued: August 1998

Frequent Questions

OSHA’s Standard Interpretations and Compliance Letters
A text-searchable web site for of interpretations of the OSHA Standards, by USDOL OSHA - Directorate of Compliance Programs. Since OSHA’s PSM program is so closely related to EPA’s RMP program, a link is being made to this OSHA page which provides search capabilities as well as numeric and chronological listing of frequent questions.

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Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act (CSISSFRRA)

Related Information

SECURITY NOTICE To Federal, State and Local Officials Receiving Access to the Risk Management Program’s Off-site Consequence Analysis Information (PDF) (8 pp, 148 K)

ASSESSMENT OF THE INCENTIVES CREATED BY PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF OFF-SITE CONSEQUENCE ANALYSIS INFORMATION FOR REDUCTION IN THE RISK OF ACCIDENTAL RELEASES (PDF) (149 pp, 1 MB)

Fact Sheets

Fact sheet: Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act: Public Distribution of Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information (PDF) (3 pp, 357 K)

Frequent Questions

Chemical Safety Information, Site Security, and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act (PL 106_40) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (PDF) (8 pp, 148 K)
Issued: June 2000
Find out more about public meetings, certification, and notification requirements of this new law. This applies to facilities that report Risk Management Plans under the Clean Air Act Section 112(r).

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Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule


Fact Sheets

Proposed Exemption for Milk Containers and Associated Piping and Appurtenances (PDF) (3 pp, 59K)

Animal Fats and Vegetable Oils (PDF) (1 pg, 34K)

EPA Powerpoint Presentation on 2006 SPCC Rule Amendments (PDF) (45 pp, 2.6MB)

Amended SPCC Requirements Finalized in December 2006 (PDF) (2 pp, 50K)

Option for Qualified Facilities (PDF) (2 pp, 40K)

Option for Qualified Oil-Filled Operational Equipment (PDF) (2 pp, 43K)

Streamlined Requirements for Mobile Refuelers | PDF Version (2 pp, 36K)

Oil Discharge Reporting Requirements: How to Report to the National Response Center and EPA (PDF) (2 pp, 50K)


Related Policies and Information

EPA Liner Study (PDF) (91 pp, 7.8M)

March 2004 Stakeholder Meeting Documents

SPCC Facility Survey Results and Analysis

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Homeland Security Issues

Briefings at the Region III CEPP Conference: Counter Terrorism: National Priorities and the EPA's Response Roles and Capabilities, September 22, 1999 (PDF) (69 pp, 6.3MB)

EPA Capabilities: Responding To Nuclear-Biological Chemical (NBC) Terrorism (PDF) (2 pp, 77K)

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International Agreements


Related Documentation

Report from the U.S./Mexico Joint Response Team Meeting in San Antonio TX, September 23-24, 1998 in English (PDF) (11 pp, 113K)

Report from the U.S./Mexico Joint Response Team Meeting in San Antonio TX, September 23-24, 1998 En Español (PDF) (12 pp, 120K)

Report from the Workgroup on Contingency Planning and Emergency Response to the National Coordinators, March 19, 1998 in English (PDF) (6 pp, 76K)

Report from the Workgroup on Contingency Planning and Emergency Response to the National Coordinators, March 19, 1998 En Español (PDF) (6 pp, 86K)

Report from the Workgroup on Contingency Planning and Emergency Response to the National Coordinators, May 13, 1999 (PDF) (2 pp, 17K)

Report from the Workgroup on Contingency Planning and Emergency Response to the National Coordinators, September 21, 2000 in English (PDF) (5 pp, 40K)

Report from the Workgroup on Contingency Planning and Emergency Response to the National Coordinators, September 21, 2000 En Español (PDF) (5 pp, 42K)

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