January 9th Webinar: Don't Shed a Tear for Tier IIs: An Overview of Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know and SARA III Reporting

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Don't Shed a Tear for Tier IIs: An Overview of Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know and SARA III Reporting
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Reporting Spills and Environmental Violations

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It can be difficult to know the right person or agency to call when reporting a spill or other environmental issue. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind! 

Reporting Spills and Environmental Violations

  • For emergencies and other sudden threats to public health, such as:
    • oil and/or chemical spills,
    • radiation emergencies, and
    • biological discharges, call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802

Reporting illegal use of pesticides, or other possible violations of environmental laws

  • Call your state pesticide regulatory agency, especially if you are concerned about a possible illegal use of a pesticide. States generally have primary enforcement responsibility for pesticide misuse violations and for investigating possible instances of pesticide misuse.
  • If you suspect that federal pesticide regulations have been violated, submit a report to EPA.

What is an Environmental Violation vs an Emergency?

An environmental violation occurs when an activity or an existing condition does not comply with an environmental law or regulation. Environmental violations can include:

  • smoke or other emissions from local industrial facilities;
  • tampering with emission control or air conditioning systems in automobiles;
  • improper treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous wastes;
  • exceedances of pollutant limits at publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants;
  • unpermitted dredging or filling of waters and wetlands;
  • any unpermitted industrial activity; or
  • late-night dumping or any criminal activity including falsifying reports or other documents.

An environmental emergency is a sudden threat to the public health or the well-being of the environment, arising from the release or potential release of oil, radioactive materials, or hazardous chemicals into the air, land, or water.

Examples of environmental emergencies include:

  • oil and chemical spills,
  • radiological and biological discharges, and
  • accidents causing releases of pollutants

These emergencies may occur from transportation accidents, events at chemical or other facilities using or manufacturing chemicals, or as a result of natural or man-made disaster events. If you are involved in or witness an environmental emergency that presents a sudden threat to public health, you must call the National Response Center at: 1-800-424-8802.

To learn more about what you can do in the event of a spill, violation, or emergency, click here! To learn how August Mack can help, visit our website here

Post Date: 3/8/2018

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