Guidance, Technical Assistance & Planning

Technical Assistance

Programmatic Agreement on Protection of Historic Properties During Emergency Response Under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan
The purpose of this Programmatic Agreement (PA) is to provide an alternative process to ensure appropriate consideration of historic properties within the meaning of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) during emergency response to a release or spill. This PA does not address the consultation procedures under Section 106 of the NHPA once that phase of the response action has ended.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Presentation (2001)
Presentation given by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a technical institute within the Department of Commerce (DOC), to the NRT. This presentation details the capabilities of NIST's Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory.

EPA Alerts

Rupture Hazards of Pressure Vessels (1997)
This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued alert identifies major factors in pressure vessel failure, gives guidance on evaluating potential explosion hazards, summarizes pressure vessel laws and certification standards, and provides references.

Catastrophic Failure of Storage Tanks (1997)
This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alert identifies hazards posed by above-ground, atmospheric storage tanks that maybe prone to catastrophic failure. The alert provides examples of recent accidents, identifies tank design and lax inspection/maintenance procedures as the cause of such catastrophic failure, advises how to evaluate risk and describes maintenance procedures that can help prevent such failure.

Fire Hazard from Carbon Absorption Deodorizing Systems (1997)
An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Alert aimed at increasing facility awareness of the potential fire hazard presented by carbon absorbing deodorizing systems. Identifies steps to minimize the absorption of flammable vapors by carbon absorbing deodorizing systems and mitigate the potential fire/explosive hazard. Also provides further references.


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