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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, 147 Tribes

Chemical Spills Prevention and Preparedness

Emergencies -- report oil or chemical spills at 800-424-8802
To contact a Region 9 Duty Officer for oil or chemical spills in Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands please call (800) 300-2193. This number is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Chemical plants such as this one need close regulation to prevent potential toxic accidents
One of the many industries regulated by prevention laws

The Emergency Prevention and Preparedness Program is located within the Response, Planning and Prevention Branch of the Superfund Division. It is home to EPA Region 9's prevention activities under Superfund Law (CERCLA), the Emergency Prevention and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), and the Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan Regulations (CAA 112(r)).

In collaboration with the Emergency Response program, it is also home to the planning and preparedness activities required by CERCLA, EPCRA, and the Clean Water Act as amended by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA). Each of these laws and this program's planning, outreach, and enforcement activities provide the foundation for the Pacific Southwest Region's

Emergency Prevention Programs

EPA inspector observing the toxic chemical cesspools left behind following Hurricane Katrina in Louisianna in 2005
EPA's Preparedness Programs plan for and respond to chemical releases, oil spills and natural or man-made disasters.

The key functions of the Region 9 Emergency Prevention Programs are regulatory enforcement and compliance outreach. We work very closely with federal, state, and local partners and have developed important industry-based collaborations as well. The main program elements are outreach and education, compliance assistance, inspection and investigation, and enforcement. The prevention laws that we implement are:

For more on these laws and EPA's Prevention Programs please go to the EPA HQ Office of Emergency Management.

Emergency Preparedness Programs

The emergency preparedness programs are designed to provide the foundation for planning coordination and collaboration with federal, state, and local response partners. The National Response System and the National Contingency Plan provide the framework for this important safety continuum element in coordination with the National Response Plan. The key organizational tools that we use to support our planning and preparedness responsibilities are:

  • U.S. Mexico Border Planning
  • Regional Response Teams
  • Area Contingency and Geographic Response Planning
  • Preparedness Outreach
    • State and Tribal Emergency Response Commission and Local Emergency Planning Committee Partnerships (SERC | TERC | LEPC)
    • CAMEO and ALOHA Support & Training

For more on EPA's Preparedness Programs please go to the EPA HQ Office of Emergency Management.

Program Contact

For more on Region 9's Emergency Prevention and Preparedness Programs please contact:
Kathryn Lawrence, Chief
Emergency Prevention and Preparedness Section
U.S. EPA Region 9
Mail Code: SFD-9-3
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA  94903
Phone: (415) 972-3039

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