PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Federal and District of Columbia officials are planning a conference on dealing with disastrous chemical spills. The 1999 Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention (CEPP) Conference is set for Sept. 20-23 in the Washington Hilton and Towers Hotel in Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia Emergency Management Agency is the local sponsor of this year's conference.
The CEPP conference is sponsored by Region III of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency every other year. Region III includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Also participating in this conference are municipal and state emergency organizations and other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Scheduled topics include Counter-Terrorism, Federal Resources, First Responders, Industry, Medical Preparedness, Planning Issues, Transportation, and Special Attractions. The Region III Regional Response Team will hold its quarterly meeting at the conference on Sept. 23. The team consists of federal agencies charged with planning for and coordinating response to catastrophic releases of hazardous substances. The quarterly meetings provide opportunities to exchange information and coordinate activities.
Expected to attend are representatives of State Emergency Response Commissions, Local Emergency Planning Committees, federal, state and local-government agencies, chemical industry groups and associations, hazardous materials response groups, emergency management groups at all levels, and federal and military installations.
The conference is open to the public. The $95 conference registration fee includes the pre-conference reception and awards banquet. For information on the conference program, agenda, speakers, and how to register, visit the CEPP conference web site at www.epacepp.com, or call the toll-free CEPP conference hotline at 1-877-804-CEPP (1-877-804-2377).