Frequent Questions

What is the National Contingency Plan (NCP)?

The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan, commonly referred to as the NCP, is the Federal government's strategy for responding to both oil spills and hazardous substance releases. These requirements outline the steps EPA must take when responding to situations in which oil is discharged into or upon the navigable waters of the United States, or when hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants are released into the environment. The NCP is the primary regulation of the Superfund program.

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