Frequent Questions

What happens when there is a chemical emergency?

Typical chemical emergencies may include train derailments, truck accidents, and incidents at chemical plants where there is a chemical release or threat of a release to the environment.  EPA may respond, or help state and local authorities deal with these emergencies quickly.  To remove the risk to a community, the hazardous materials may be hauled away from the site for treatment or proper disposal, or they may be treated at the site to make them safe.  Either way, the risk to the community is removed.  EPA then evaluates the site and determines whether additional cleanup is necessary.

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