Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England
Emergency Response Planning
Under the National Contingency Plan (NCP), each Regional Response Team (RRT) prepares a Regional Contingency Plan (RCP). The RCP sets forth the structure for coordinating planning, training, and response to emergencies between the Federal agencies and states within New England. EPA provides the RRT with administrative support to coordinate the development and amendment to the RCP.
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA-90) required additional response planning. New England is divided into 5 planning areas. The Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office (MSO) Portland provides area planning for coastal Maine and New Hampshire, while MSO Boston provides coastal area planning in Northern Massachusetts (from New Hampshire south to Manomet Point, near Plymouth). Southern coastal Massachusetts and the Rhode Island shore comes under MSO Providence. Connecticut and the Long Island Sound are within MSO Long Island Sound's jurisdiction. Vermont and the inland portions of the other five states are within EPA-New England's Area Contingency Plan (ACP). Information on potential sources of environmental emergencies, vulnerable resources, and response to emergencies may be found in these ACPs.
For additional information, see also EPA's National Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office (CEPPO) web site.