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Major Spill Information

WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY OR MAJOR SPILL?


EMERGENCY SPILLS potentially present an immediate hazard to personnel or the general public. Some examples of emergency spills are:

  • Spills that create, or are likely to create, toxic vapors
  • Spills with high fire potential
  • Spills that cause, or are likely to cause an explosion
  • Spills of unknown nature; not yet characterized


MAJOR SPILLS
meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Present a potential or immediate hazard to the environment
  • Involve a spill of more than a half pound of a known hazardous material or waste
  • Requires more than 30 minutes to clean up
  • Involve a spill into a storm drain or water
  • Cannot be cleaned up by personnel who created the spill

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