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NJDEP-Bureau of Release Prevention

Bureau of Release Prevention

401 East State Street, 7th Floor
PO Box 420
Mail Code 22-03D
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
(609) 633-0610
fax (609) 633-7031

The Bureau of Release Prevention works to protect public health and the environment by preventing incidents before they occur. Three focus areas carry out the Bureau's work:

Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act (TCPA) Program

In December of 1984, an accidental release of methyl isocyanate from an industrial facility in Bhopal, India, caused widespread injury, including the deaths of several thousand people. In response to this tragic event, and out of concern for the safety and welfare of New Jersey residents, the State Legislature enacted the Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act, N.J.S.A. 13:1K-19 et seq. Today, implementation of the requirements established under this Act is facilitated by the TCPA Program. Certain industrial facilities using materials considered extraordinarily hazardous must take steps to prevent releases and protect public safety. Learn More

Discharge Prevention Program

Past releases of petroleum products and other hazardous substances to the environment of New Jersey have resulted in significant harm to public health, property and the natural resources of the State. In recognition of the risks associated with such materials, the New Jersey State Legislature has mandated that facilities storing large quantities of these substances take preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of an incident. Established under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11), these requirements include testing and inspection of storage tanks, training of employees, and emergency response planning. The Discharge Prevention Program facilitates implementation of these requirements. Regulations related to reporting of chemical and petroleum discharges are also administered under this program. The Program is sometimes referred to by the acronym "DPCC," which refers to an important preparedness document that major facilities develop under the program. Learn More


The Bureau of Release Prevention provides assistance in the State’s effort to maintain security at chemical and petroleum facilities. Learn More


To Report an Environmental Incident

Call 1-877-927-6337 (1-877-WARN DEP). This is a toll-free number available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If this number is not working, call the New Jersey State Police at 1-609-882-2000.

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