A wide variety of industrial activities, both manufacturing and commercial, exist in Pennsylvania. Many of these activities have the potential for causing environmental degradation or endangerment of public health and safety through accidental releases of toxic, hazardous, or other pollution materials.
Therefore, several State and Federal regulatory programs have been developed to encourage the use of preventive approaches to deal with unwarranted releases of toxic, hazardous, or other pollutants to the environment.
Table 1 (below) from DEP's Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Environmental Emergency Response Plans lists these programs and defines the statutory and regulatory basis for each.
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