Frequent Questions

Who responds to hazardous waste emergencies?

In most hazardous waste emergencies, the first people on the scene are local firefighters and emergency response teams, who are often able to effectively manage and control the emergency. If they have trouble handling the situation, however, they can appeal to the resources of the National Response Center (NRC). The NRC, which is governed by the National Contingency Plan (NCP), is a vast and very responsive network of individuals/teams from state, local, and Federal agencies, industries, and others who have resources and expertise to respond to hazardous waste emergencies. This network ensures that emergencies are immediately managed by the appropriate people with the necessary experience in order to reduce the risk an emergency poses to human health and the environment.

For more information, see How the National Response System Works.

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