HAZMAT and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Emergency Response (CBRNE) in Mercer County minimizes unacceptable human health and ecological risks due to direct exposure from hazardous substances and other potentially harmful agents. Natural resources are managed to protect the public from floods, fires, and storms. Reduction in the frequency and impact of serious hazardous material incidents occurring within Mercer County occurs by improving response capabilities, training, knowledge, and cooperation with industry.
HAZMAT response within Mercer County is achieved through an inter-local agreement among the Mercer County Division of Public Health County Environmental Health Act Agency and three HAZMAT teams from the City of Trenton, Hamilton Township, and West Windsor Township. Response to hazardous material emergencies can be received from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Emergency Notification Hotline, local authorities, police, fire, businesses, and citizens.
In 2011 the Mercer County Division of Public Health County Environmental Health Act Agency adopted Ordinance 2011-1, Mercer County Emergency Response Cost Recovery Ordinance, to establish standard procedures to recover the cost of responses resulting from unpermitted discharge of hazardous waste from a responsible party in accordance with the County Environmental Health Program, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:3A2-21 et seq., as per Ordinance No. 2005-1 adopted March 10, 2005.
Additional information may be found at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Compliance and Enforcement.