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October 23, 2012

Agreement will improve response to hazmat incidents

Joy LePree

Chemtrec (Washington, D.C.; and the National Registration Center for Chemicals (NRCC; Qingdao, China; of China have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for mutual assistance.

The partnership will enhance the capabilities of both organizations to effectively respond to hazardous materials incidents occurring within China, as well as those that occur outside the country.

Companies transporting hazardous materials both within China, as well as between China and other locations, will receive the greatest benefit when registered with both organizations for their emergency response information needs.

The MOU recognizes the capabilities of each organization and their mutual goal to assist emergency responders during incidents involving hazardous materials. The MOU provides the framework for the organizations to share and leverage their respective information resources during hazardous materials emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Chemtrec, a part of the American Chemistry Council, was established in 1971 by the chemical industry as a public service hotline for emergency responders, such as fire fighters and law enforcement, to obtain information and assistance for emergency incidents involving chemicals and hazardous materials. 

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