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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Prevention and Response Branch (PRB)

Picture of an explosion requiring emergency responseThe mission of the PRB is to protect the health and welfare of the residents and environment of Region 6 from the release of oil or hazardous substances.

The Prevention & Response Branch of the Superfund Division consists of three teams and the Regulatory Enforcement & Compliance Group.

The Removal, Emergency Readiness, and Oil Teams are responsible for emergency response activities, on-scene monitoring and/or direction of clean-ups and emergency removals of oil/hazardous materials. These teams are also responsible for developing and implementing the Regional and U.S./ Mexico Border contingency planning for emergencies, as well as the Regional Response Team (RRT), Biowatch, Risk Management Program (RMP), and Community Right-to-Know. The Regulatory Group is responsible for CERCLA and EPCRA Enforcement, Oil Pollution Act (OPA) Cleanup Enforcement, OPA & SPCC Enforcement, and RMP Inspections and Enforcement.

Emergency Response & Removal Clean-up Program

Each year, more than 20,000 emergencies involving the release (or threatened release) of oil and hazardous substances are reported in the United States, potentially affecting both communities and the surrounding natural environment. Over 4,000 of these releases occur within Region 6.  Emergencies range from small scale spills to large events requiring prompt action and evacuation of nearby populations.

EPA Region 6 coordinates and implements a wide range of activities to ensure that adequate and timely response measures are taken in communities affected by hazardous substances and oil releases where state and local first responder capabilities have been exceeded or where additional support is needed.  EPA’s emergency response program responds to chemical and oil emergencies, as well as preparing for larger natural and technological incidents. Region 6 EPA conducts time-critical and non-time-critical removal actions when necessary to protect human health and the environment by either funding response actions directly or overseeing and enforcing actions conducted by potentially responsible parties. 

Information concerning specific emergency responses or emergency removals in Region 6

Oil: Facility Response Plan (FRP) & Spill Prevention & Control Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) Program

As part of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation, some facilities that store and use oil must prepare and submit plans to respond to a worst-case discharge of oil and to a substantial threat of such a discharge.

As part of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation, specific facilities must prepare, amend, and implement SPCC Plans.

Chemical Preparedness: Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Programs (EPRCA)

These requirements help communities prepare for and respond to chemical accidents by requiring facilities to report chemical storage and release information and communities to develop emergency response plans.


Chemical Preparedness: Risk Management Program (RMP)

Facilities that produce, handle, process, distribute, or store certain chemicals must develop and report to EPA an accident prevention plan including a hazard assessment, a prevention history, and an emergency response program.


Reporting Accidental Releases and Spills

Regulated facilities must report discharges of oil or releases of hazardous substances to EPA, other federal agencies, and/or state and local government agencies.


Region 6 Regional Response Team (RRT) & National Response Team (NRT) Exit EPA website

RRT 6 is the federal component of the National Response System for the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Region 6 RRT is composed of representatives from sixteen federal departments and agencies and each of the five States.


Region 6 Regional Integrated Contingency Plan (RICP)

This Region 6 Regional Integrated Contingency Plan (RICP) is part of the National Response System (NRS). It is applicable to response operations taken by all federal agencies within Region 6, pursuant to the authorities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) and Section 311 of the Clean Water Act (CWA as amended by OPA).


Local Government Reimbursement Program (LGR)

EPA's program helps local governments pay for emergency response measures.



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