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ACCIDENTAL RELEASE INFORMATION PROGRAM (ARIP)
The Environmental Protection Agencys (EPAs) Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office(CEPPO) leads the effort to deal with chemical accidents. The Agency began its chemical accident prevention program in 1986. To identify the steps that could be taken by industrial facilities to prevent releases, the Agency needed information on the causes of accidents and industry prevention practices. At that time, the only data available focused on the quantities released rather than causes. To develop new information on accident causes, EPA initiated the Accidental Release Information Program (ARIP). The program involves collecting information by questionnaire from facilities that have had significant releases of hazardous substances, developing a national accidental release database, analyzing the collected information, and disseminating the results of the analysis to those involved in chemical accident prevention activities. ARIP also helps to focus industrys attention on the causes of accidental releases and the means to prevent them.