Emergency Response and Notification System (ERNS)Entry ID: EPA0147
Abstract: The "Emergency Response Notification System" (ERNS) ERNS is a
national database used to store information on releases of oil
and hazardous substances. Its primary purpose is to standardize
and collect notifications made to the federal government under
the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and
Liability Act (CERCLA), the Superfund Amendments and
... Reauthorization Act (SARA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and the
Hazardous Material Transportation Act . Since its inception in
1986, ERNS has received over 170,000 release notifications.
The ERNS program is a cooperative data sharing effort among EPA
Headquarters, DOT Research and Special Programs Administration's
John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (VNTSC),
and the National Response Center (NRC) (a nationwide response
center for chemical emergencies, staffed by the U.S. Coast Guard
and sponsored by 14 federal agencies). EPA manages and funds
ERNS, and the VNTSC provides operation and maintenance support
through an interagency agreement with EPA.
Currently, ERNS data are used to assist decision-makers in
emergency response and release prevention issues. Specific
examples of ERNS data applications include guidance and
regulatory development, responses to congressional inquiries,
response preparedness, compliance and enforcement support,
statistical and trend analysis, environmental planning, spill
prevention programs, legal analyses, property transfers/site
audits, and academic research.
Data Center: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dissemination Media: Hard Copy (computer printouts, reports),
File Format: ASCII, EBCDIC
Access Instructions: Contact the data center.
Availability Status: Purchase
Accessing cost is based on materials used and the time and
effort expanded to fill the request.
Data Set Citation
Online Resource: http://www.epa.gov/region4/r4data/erns/index.htm
Start Date: 1986-01-01
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > CONTAMINANT LEVELS/SPILLS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > GROUND WATER > GROUNDWATER CHEMISTRY
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > RIVERS/STREAMS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > RUNOFF
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > CONTAMINANTS
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) OERR, Emergency Response Division (ERD), (OS-210) 401 M Street, S.W.
Province or State: DC
Postal Code: 20460
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). May 1992.
Inventory of Exposure-related Data Systems Sponsored by Federal
Agencies. Washington, DC : USEPA.
CERCLA, Section 103
Title III of SARA, Section 304
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act, Section 311
The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution
Contingency Plan (NCP), Sections 300.51 and 300.65
Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-04-14