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DNREC's Emergency Response Group is ready
to respond to incidents 24/7 365 days a year.

The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances' Emergency Prevention and Response Section is responsible for all activities related to petroleum and hazardous substance emergencies, from planning to preventing to responding. The section is composed of three groups: Accidental Release Prevention, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know, and Emergency Response.

The Accidental Release Prevention (ARP) Group, formerly known as the Industrial Disaster Prevention program, provides protection for the lives and health of the citizens of Delaware by ensuring that companies with extremely hazardous substances have proper control plans and operations to prevent disasters. 

The ARP Group is located at the Division’s Grantham Lane Office in New Castle. For more information, call 302-739-9405.

The Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Group operates Delaware's EPCRA Program, which requires the reporting of production, storage, and uses of hazardous chemicals and releases of these hazardous chemicals.

The EPCRA Group is located in Dover. For more information, please contact Robert Pritchett, ECPRA Program Manager, at 302-739-9405 or email:

The Emergency Response Group is highly trained to respond 24/7 to statewide incidents ranging from petroleum and hazardous substance spills to major events including possible weapons of mass destruction. The group also coordinates responses with local fire departments and various local, state, and federal agencies.

For more information, please contact Jamie Bethard, Emergency Prevention and Response Section Manager, at 302-739-9404 or email:

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