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EPA publishes documents relating to emergency management, including chemical accident prevention, oil pollution prevention, and emergency response. For more information on related regulations, please see the Policy and Guidance or Laws and Regulations pages.

The Strategic Direction for Emergency Management Programs, Fiscal Years 2010-2014 (PDF) (16 pp, 396K) focuses on achieving EPA’s goals of land preservation and restoration, and healthy communities and ecosystems.

EPA Headquarters and Regions work to control the risks to human health and the environment by mitigating the impact of accidental or intentional releases and by cleaning up and restoring contaminated sites or properties to appropriate levels. EPA also works to prevent and reduce pesticide and industrial chemical risks to humans, communities, and ecosystems. More information on EPA's Strategic Plan can be found on: http://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/strategicplan.html.

Office of Emergency Management Annual Reports
Chemical Accident Prevention
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Emergency Planning
Homeland Security Issues
Oil Pollution Prevention
Emergency Responses and Removals
Publicaciones en Español


Office of Emergency Management Annual Reports

Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Report: Emergency Management - Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (PDF) (12 pp, 1.7M)

2005 Year in Review: Emergency Management - Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (PDF) (21 pp, 1.4MB)
Issued: September 2006

2004 Year in Review: Emergency Management - Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (PDF) (22 pp, 444K)
Issued: April 2005

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Chemical Accident Prevention

Accident Epidemiology and the RMP Rule: Learning from a Decade of Accident History Data for the U.S. Chemical Industry. A report by the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center describing the major findings from accident epidemiology studies conducted under an EPA-Wharton cooperative agreement.

Chemicals in your Community (PDF) (29 pp, 940K)

Hydrogen Fluoride Study; Report to Congress; Section 112(n)(6) Clean Air Act As Amended; Final Report (PDF) (374 pp, 4.4MB)
Issued: September 1993

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Chemical Safety Alerts

Chemical Advisory - Solid Ammonium Nitrate (AN) Storage, Handling and Management (PDF) (19 pp, 242K)

Chemical Safety Alert: Emergency Isolation for Hazardous Material Fluid Transfer Systems - Application and Limitations of Excess Flow Valves (PDF) (9 pp, 189K)
Revised: June 2007

Chemical Safety Alert: Identifying Chemical Reactivity Hazards Preliminary Screening Method (PDF) (5 pp, 397K)
Issued: May 2004

Chemical Safety Alert: Hazards of Delayed Coker Unit (DCU) Operations (PDF) (8 pp, 357K)
Issued: August 2003

Pesticide Alert: Pesticide Safety and Site Security
Issued: October 2001

Chemical Safety Alert: Chemical Accidents from Electric Power Outages (PDF) (5 pp, 160K)
Issued: September 2001

Chemical Safety Alert: Hazards of Ammonia Releases at Ammonia Refrigeration Facilities (Updated) (PDF) (8 pp, 207K)
Issued: August 2001

Chemical Safety Alert: Safe Storage and Handling of Swimming Pool Chemicals (PDF) (7 pp, 91K)
Issued: March 2001

Chemical Safety Alert: Rupture Hazard from Liquid Storage Tanks (PDF) (6 pp, 78K)
Issued: September 2009. The Chemical Safety Board completed its investigation into the November 2008 Allied Terminals Fertilizer Tank Collapse. This alert has been updated to reflect information from that investigation and to implement the associated CSB recommendations to EPA.

Chemical Safety Alert: First Responders’ Environmental Liability Due To Mass Decontamination Runoff (PDF) (3 pp, 43K)
Issued: July 2000

Joint NIOSH/EPA/EOSA Alert: Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Explosions in Industrial Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Facilities | PDF Version (38 pp, 840K)
Issued: April 2000

Chemical Safety Alert: Anhydrous Ammonia Theft (PDF) (6 pp, 121K)
Issued: March 2000

Chemical Accident Prevention: Site Security (PDF) (8 pp, 140K)
Issued: February 2000

Chemical Safety Alert: Use Multiple Data Sources for Safer Emergency Response (PDF) (6 pp, 145K)
Issued: June 1999

Chemical Safety Alert: Explosion Hazard From Ammonium Nitrate (PDF) (5 pp, 107K)
Issued: December 1997

Chemical Safety Alert: Shaft Blow-Out Hazard of Check and Butterfly Valves (PDF) (4 pp, 176K)
Issued: September 1997

Chemical Safety Alert: Rupture Hazard of Pressure Vessels (PDF) (6 pp, 393K)
Issued: May 1997

Chemical Safety Alert: Lightning Hazard to Facilities Handling Flammable Substances (PDF) (5 pp, 195K)
Issued: May 1997

Chemical Safety Alert: Catastrophic Failure of Storage Tanks (PDF) (6 pp, 204K)
Issued: May 1997

Chemical Safety Alert: Fire Hazard From Carbon Adsorption Deodorizing Systems (PDF) (3 pp, 186K)
Issued: May 1997

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Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Advisories

Interim Chemical Accident Prevention Advisory: Design of LPG Installations at Natural Gas Processing Plants (PDF) (2 pp, 34K)
Issued: January 2014

Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Advisory: Hydrogen Fluoride (PDF) (1 pg, 19K)
Issued: June 1993

Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Advisory: Ammonia (PDF) (4 pp, 51K)
Issued: June 1990

Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Advisory: Swimming Pool Chemicals: Chlorine (PDF) (4 pp, 40K)
Issued: June 1990

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Chemical Safety Audit Reports

1999 Chemical Safety Audit Report (PDF) (56 pp, 283K)

1998 Chemical Safety Audit Report (PDF) (59 pp, 292K)

1997 Chemical Safety Audit Report (PDF) (62 pp, 188K)

1996 Chemical Safety Audit Report (PDF) (64 pp, 179K)

1995 Chemical Safety Audit Report (PDF) (70 pp, 182K)

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Chemical Accident Investigation Reports

EPA Chemical Accident Investigation Report - Accra Pac Group, Inc. North Plant, Elkhart, Indiana (PDF) (55 pp, 11MB)
Issued: September 2000

Prevention of Reactive Chemical Explosions - Case Study: Waste Fuel/Oxidizer Reaction Hazards (PDF) (6 pp, 143K)
Issued: April 2000

How to Prevent Runaway Reactions - Case Study: Phenol-Formaldehyde Reaction Hazards (PDF) (6 pp, 57K)
Issued: August 1999

EPA/OSHA Joint Chemical Accident Investigation Report - BPS, Inc., West Helena, Arkansas - Full Report (PDF) (83 pp, 6.8MB)
Issued: April 1999

EPA/OSHA Joint Chemical Accident Investigation Report - BPS, Inc., West Helena, Arkansas - Report without Appendices (PDF) (44 pp, 645K)
Issued: April 1999

EPA Chemical Accident Investigation Report Tosco Avon Refinery Accident, Martinez, CA (PDF) (105 pp, 1.8MB)
Issued: November 1998

EPA/OSHA Joint Chemical Accident Investigation Report - Surpass Chemical Co., Inc. Albany, NY (PDF) (50 pp, 1.3MB)
Issued: September 1998

EPA/OSHA Joint Chemical Accident Investigation Report - Shell Chemical Company, Deer Park, Texas (PDF) (83 pp, 2MB)
Issued: June 1998

EPA Chemical Accident Investigation Report -Powell Duffryn Terminals, Inc. Savannah, Georgia (PDF) (74 pp, 3.4MB)
Issued: May 1998

EPA Chemical Accident Investigation Report -Pennzoil Product Refinery, Rouseville, PA (PDF) (53 pp, 1.1MB)
Issued: March 1998

EPA/OSHA Joint Accident Investigation Report - Napp Technologies, Inc., Lodi, New Jersey (PDF) (72 pp, 4.2MB)
Issued: October 1997

Expert Review of EPA/OSHA Joint Chemical Accident Investigation Report- Napp Technologies, Inc., Lodi, New Jersey (PDF) (84 pp, 1MB)
Issued: March 1999

EPA Chemical Accident Investigation Report Terra Industries, Inc., Nitrogen Fertilizer Facility, Port Neal, Iowa (PDF) (114 pp, 2.9MB)
Issued: January, 1996

Expert Review of EPA Chemical Accident Investigation Report- Terra Industries, Inc., Nitrogen Fertilizer Facility, Port Neal, Iowa (PDF) (69 pp, 419K)
Issued: September 1996

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Chemical Safety Network

Chemical Safety Network: Community Safety Awards Program: Lake County, Indiana LEPC (PDF) (3 pp, 154K)
Issued: October 1999

Chemical Safety Network: Hazardous Materials Education: Carbon County, Pennsylvania LEPC (PDF) (2 pp, 367K)
Issued: March 2000

Chemical Safety Network: Hazardous Materials Education: North Central Florida LEPC (PDF) (2 pp, 370K)
Issued: March 2000

Chemical Safety Network: How to Develop a Health Alert Network: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, LEPC (PDF) (2 pp, 368K)
Issued: August 2000

Chemical Safety Network: How to Improve Safe Handling of Chemical Products: Sartomer Company, Exton, Pennsylvania (PDF) (2 pp, 66K)
Issued: May 2001

Chemical Safety Network: How to Increase Public Awareness and Improve Emergency Notification: Beach Cities CAER (Community Awareness and Emergency Response) (PDF) (3 pp, 451K)
Issued: July 2000

Chemical Safety Network: How to Maintain Community Confidence: Eastman Kodak Company, Kodak Park, Rochester, N.Y. (PDF) (3 pp, 329K)
Issued: September 2000

Chemical Safety Network: Mentoring Program Enhances Safety Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (PDF) (3 pp, 149K)
Issued: September 1999

Chemical Safety Network: South Carolina Small Business Assistance Program RMP Air Modeling Project (PDF) (2 pp, 48K)
Issued: June 1999

Chemical Safety Network: The Lubrizol Corporation: New Chemicals Issues Assessment (PDF) (2 pp, 61K)
Issued: May 2001

Chemical Safety Network: Work with your Local Fire Department to Enhance Community Safety: The Cary Company (PDF) (3 pp, 70K)
Issued: April 2001

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission: Public Meeting Project (PDF) (2 pp, 99K)
Issued: November 1999

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Topical Backgrounders

Topical Backgrounder: Chemical Safety in Your Community: EPA's New Risk Management Program (PDF) (12 pp, 883K)

Topical Backgrounder: Evaluating Chemical Hazards in the Community: Using RMP's Offsite Consequence Analysis (PDF) (12 pp, 1.0MB)

Topical Backgrounder: How Safe Am I? Helping Communities Evaluate Chemical Risks (PDF) (12 pp, 851K)

Topical Backgrounder: New Ways to Prevent Chemical Incidents (PDF) (12 pp, 792K)

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Related Documentation

The Impact of CEPPO’s No-Charge Distribution of CAMEO Software: 1998 Recipient Survey (PDF) (7 pp, 253K)

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

Hazards Analysis on the Move; SARA Title III (EPCRA) and Conducting a Commodity Flow Study (PDF)

LEPCs and Deliberate Releases: Addressing Terrorist Activities in the Local Emergency Plan (PDF)
Issued: August 2001

Nationwide LEPC Survey: Summary Report
May 2000 (PDF)
April 2008 (PDF)

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Homeland Security Issues

EPA's Emergency Response Role and Capabilities for Terrorism Events, Israeli Ministry of Defense, June 15, 1998 (PDF) (24 pp, 1.7MB)

"EPA's Involvement in Counter-Terrorism," Las Vegas (PDF) (15 pp, 168K)

NRS response role and the National Response System (PDF) (22 pp, 722K)

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

LEPCs and Deliberate Releases: Addressing Terrorist Activities in the Local Emergency Plan (PDF)
Issued: August 2001

EPA's Role in Counter-Terrorism Activities (PDF) (2 pp, 109K)
Issued: July 1998

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

EPA's Role in the Federal Response Plan: Being Prepared for Catastrophic Disaster (PDF) (2 pp, 29K)
Issued: January 1995

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Oil Pollution Prevention

Area Contingency Planning Handbook (PDF) (67 pp, 1.9M, about PDF)

Understanding Oil Spills and Oil Spill Response, December 1999

Update of Implementation of Recommendations from the NRT Following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (PDF) (53 pp, 797K)

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Bioremediation


Literature Review on the Use of Commercial Bioremediation Agents for Cleanup of Oil-Contaminated Estuarine Environments (PDF) (61 pp, 362K)

Guidelines for the Bioremediation of Oil-Contaminated Salt Marshes (PDF) (66 pp, 523K)

Guidelines for Bioremediation of Marine Shorelines and Freshwater Wetlands (PDF) (163 pp, 1.3MB)

National Response Team Fact Sheet on Bioremediation Technologies (PDF) (4 pp, 57K)

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Oil Update

EPA Oil Update, January 2007 (PDF) (9 pp, 772K)

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Publicaciones en Español

Equipo de Respuesta Conjunta de México y los Estados Unidos, San Antonio TX, 23-24 de septiembre de 1998 (PDF) (12 pp, 120K)

Plan Conjunto de Contingencias México-Estados Unidos (PDF) (45 pp, 612K)
Junio 1999

Reporte del Grupo de Trabajo de Planificación de Contingencias y Respuesta a Emergenciasa los Coordinadores Nacionales (PDF) (6 pp, 87K)
Marzo 1998

En Español - Facility Response Planning Compliance Assistance Guide (PDF) (20 pp, 833K)

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