National Response Center (NRC)

Definition - What does National Response Center (NRC) mean?

The National Response Center is the national communication center of the United States federal government. It is the only federal point of contact that reports all the oil spills and hazardous substances. This national commission focuses on administering emergency response activities. Its database consists of information on the toxic chemical spills and the other calamities reported to several agencies. This data is used to evaluate the reports of releases and benefit the decision makers to develop various spill prevention programs. It maintains the reports of all the spills and releases in a national database.

Petropedia explains National Response Center (NRC)

The reports to National Response Center are used to activate the response capabilities of federal government and National Contingency Plan. The national database maintained by it can be used to search the information about the materials and quantity released - where and when the releases or spills occurred, and what the agencies have been reported. It is also used to find information about the injuries, deaths and property damages that occurred due to the releases or spills. The reports are extensive but could be incomplete as many of the accidents are never notified and those notified are not updated or not based on the verification.

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