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Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance - The "One Plan"


                                                  Every Business Should Have A Plan.  Homeland Security            

The National Response Team (NRT) has developed Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance.

This guidance (also known as "one plan" guidance) provides a way to consolidated multiple plans that a facility may have prepared to comply with various regulations, into one functional emergency response plan. 

A common-sense option for meeting multiple emergency planning requirements under nine different regulations. This one-plan approach will minimize duplication of effort and unnecessary paperwork burdens.

What is the Purpose of the ICP Guidance?

The ICP Guidance is to:

- provide a mechanism for consolidating multiple facility respose plans into one plan that can be used during an emergency

- improve coordination of planning and response activities within the facility and with public and commercial responders

- minimize duplication and simplify plan development and maintenance

           Which regulations does the ICP Guidance cover?


Workshop Sponspors:

    Cerberus EHS (Environmental Health & Safety Consulting)*

2009 Emergency Planning Workshop Documents

EPA Emergency Management, Policy & Guidance page (ICP)   

The Federal Register (update June 19, 1996)   

The Bolder Plan Model    

ICP Fact Sheet

OSHA Emergency Action & Fire Prevention Plan Requirements

OSHA Hazwoper Plan Requirements

OSHA Process Safety Management Standards

RCRA Contingency Plan Requirements

U.S. DOT Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration - Emergency Plans for Gas Pipelines

U.S. DOT Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration - Response Plans for Onshore Oil Pipelines

MSHA Oil Response Plans

Clean Air Act - General Duty Clause provisions  112r1

Clean Air Act - Risk Management Plan Rule

Clean Air Act - Prevention of Accidental Releases

Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) Regulation

Workshops - general


Disasters Happen

Thanksgiving Eve, November 22, 2006

Explosion at the CAI Paint / Arnel Ink Company that devastated the plant and the neighborhood.

Click the photograph for a slide show series from Wicked Local.com    

Danvers MA, CAI/Arnel Ink Chemical Plant Explosion   11/2006


The U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) Final Investigation Report concluded that a flammable mixture including Heptane overheated, filled the plant with vapors, and ultimately found an ignition source resulting in the 2:46 am explosion. The CSB's evidence pointed to operator error, suggesting that the CAI production manager mixing the batch neglected to turn the steam valve off, which caused the mixture to boil and emit the flammable vapors. 

Section 9.0, “Incident Causes,” in the CSB report concluded the following:

"CAI heated Class I flammable liquids in unsealed tanks inside a closed building.”

"CAI did not install or use automated process controls, alarms, or safeguards when heating flammable liquids in process equipment inside a closed building.”

"CAI did not maintain adequate building ventilation during all flammable liquids process operations.”

"CAI management did not use written procedures or checklists to facilitate safe process operations.” 

To read the CSB full report, go to:  www.chemsafety.gov  


E P A  P R E S S  R E L E A S E


Emergency Response Training & Drill in South Boston:  EPA Responders Conducting Hazardous Materials Drills

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Boston, Massachusetts 

Responders from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suited up in protective gear and using decontamination equipment, response vehicles and even a small sampling robot, are simulating a hazardous materials incident at the Necco Building, Gillette Park in South Boston.

A team of in excess of 50 EPA New England responders and contractors worked for 2-days to simulate a real-life emergency. The purpose of the exercise was to enhance EPA's regional capabilities to safely enter a building that contains leaking chemicals of unknown origin, identify and remove the contaminants, secure the site, and provide the public with timely information about the incident.

EPA did not use any real hazardous substances during the routine exercise.

Due to EPA's involvement responding to both large countrywide disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, and smaller regional incidents, such as the chemical explosion in Danvers, Massachusetts in November 2006, EPA New England continues to work to enhance its response capabilities to protect human health and the environment.




L I N K S  O F  I N T E R E S T

EPA Tools & Databases (including the "Lists of LIsts") 

EPA Emergency Management 

Superfund In New England - Emergency Response & Planning  

EPA SPCC New England Enforcement  

National Fire Codes  

DOT Emergency Response Guide Book   

PHMSA - Emergency Response Guidebook  

U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB)    

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Ready Business 

EPA's Small Business Ombudsman 

The Small Business Ombudsman (SBO) serves as an effective conduit for small businesses to access EPA and facilitate communications between the small business community and the Agency. The SBO reviews and resolves disputes with EPA and works with EPA personnel to increase their understanding of small businesses in the development and enforcement of environmental regulations. The SBO function was established in 1982 and is currently a part of EPA's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization located within the Office of the Administrator.  The SBO's primary customer group is the nation's small business community. Significant secondary customer groups include state and EPA regional small business ombudsmen and national trade associations serving small businesses.


*Cerberus EHS

Environmental Health & Safety Consulting

PO Box 240

Albany, VT  05820

Attn: Mike Nelson


Fax  802-755-6858

VT DOT  (49 CFR 172.700)

VT Hazwoper & Refresher  (29 CFR  1910.120)

VT RCRA (hazardous waste generator -8 hour)

Respiratory Protection  (1910.134)

Bloodbourne Pathogens   (1910.1030)

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Contact:  802-241-3745,  800-974-9559, ext 2   

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