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EPA/SWER RIN: 2050-AG78 Publication ID: Spring 2015 
Title: National Contingency Plan Revisions to Align With the National Response Framework 

The purpose of this regulation is to revise the National Contingency Plan (NCP) to align it with the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The purpose of the NCP is to provide the organizational structure and procedures for preparing for and responding to discharges of oil and releases of hazardous substance, pollutants, and contaminants. The purpose of the NRF is to provide a guide that describes how the nation conducts all-hazard response to domestic incidents. The NRF does not alter the existing authorities of federal departments and agencies, but rather establishes the coordinating framework to integrate the authorities of various agencies into an all-hazard approach to incident management. The NRF is based on NIMS, which provides a consistent nationwide template for the management of domestic incidents. The NRF and NIMS were developed by the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with other federal agencies (including EPA) and incident response organizations. Alignment of the NCP with the NRF and NIMS will facilitate smooth integration of emergency response activities under the NCP with the NRF and NIMS. The EPA is proposing other minor revisions to the NCP. The revisions would update the description of federal agency organizational structures and capabilities and how they operate, as well as recognize the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 300   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1321    42 U.S.C. 9601 to 9657   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2015 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jean Schumann
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5104A,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-1977
Fax:202 564-2620