Haz-mat help

Issue 7 and Volume 140.

Haz-mat help Local communities across the country face a daunting assignment under Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA)— including the responsibility to prepare or revise emergency plans for responding to hazardous-materials incidents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation are offering help. They’ve set up a database service for local emergency response officials. Operating on a trial basis until September, it provides a bulletin board and information about training, planning techniques, events and conferences, and management experiences. During regular business hours, the service is available by calling (800) 7526367, or (800) 367-9592 in Illinois only. Both are toll-free numbers. For computer-and-modem hookups, the number is (312) 972-3275. In addition, the National Response Team, representing 14 federal agencies that have haz-mat-related responsibilities, has published The Hazardous Materials Planning Guide. It’s aimed at local emergency planning committees with responsibilities under SARA. The…

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