Enforcement and Assistance in New England
Emergency Planning and Preparedness 2007 Year in Review
Environmental emergencies involving the release, or threatened release, of hazardous materials or chemicals could affect communities and the surrounding environment. Releases may be accidental, as in the case of a spill at a chemical plant, or deliberate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England (EPA-NE) Planning & Preparedness 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 reporting and safety requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Clean Air Act (CAA). These mutual approaches resulted in better planning, preparedness and reduced time in responses.