Environmental emergencies involve the release, or threatened release, of hazardous materials, radioactive materials, or oil to the soil, water, or air. Releases can be accidental, deliberate, or caused by natural disasters. If your business has an emergency response plan that is required by any regulation, be sure to follow it in the case of an environmental emergency.
Environmental emergency response responsibilities are spread across local, state, and federal agencies depending on the size and type of emergency. In addition to environmental agencies, emergency management, public safety, and public health organizations may be involved. If your business and the government agencies work together, the situation can be handled quickly and responsibly to minimize threats to the public and environment. By reporting an environmental emergency, you will also gain access to needed assistance such as specially trained hazardous materials responders.