The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joins the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other partners in the emergency preparedness and response community in heralding the release of the National Response Plan. Under DHS leadership, EPA and a broad coalition of experts from federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as representatives from the private sector, contributed to the development of this landmark document. By incorporating a comprehensive all-hazards approach, the National Response Plan represents a significant milestone in the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond to national disasters or terrorist attacks. The National Response Plan unifies and reconciles several previous existing national response plans and systems, including the National Response System. Under the Plan, EPA provides response assistance for national emergencies involving releases of hazardous materials, including chemical, biological and radiological substances. Full Story
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