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Spills and Accidents (ERNS) Database

The Spills and Accidents database contains data on toxic chemical spills and other accidents reported to the National Response Center (NRC). This database used to be called ERNS, the Emergency Response Notification System, and is still referred to as ERNS in many situations.

Spills and Accidents data available on RTK Net are updated as of January 16, 2013, and include incidents from 1982 through 2012.

Incidents reported to NRC range from minor to serious, from an oil-sheen on water to a release of thousands of gallons.

NRC reports are extensive, but also known to be incomplete, as many incidents are never reported, and those that are reported generally are not subject to verification.

More information about the data is available here.

 

Number of Incidents by State, 2013 Help for Number of Incidents by State

Numbers of Incidents by Cause, 2013 Help for Numbers of Incidents by Cause

Numbers of Incidents by Cause

Number of Incidents by Year Help for Number of Incidents by Year

1983: 10,690 1984: 10,677 1985: 11,728 1986: 12,350 1987: 14,888 1988: 19,658 1989: 22,625 1990: 25,874 1991: 26,296 1992: 27,699 1993: 30,157 1994: 33,657 1995: 31,997 1996: 29,214 1997: 27,705 1998: 29,072 1999: 29,314 2000: 32,407 2001: 32,744 2002: 31,552 2003: 30,834 2004: 31,796 2005: 32,851 2006: 33,042 2007: 30,602 2008: 29,832 2009: 28,101 2010: 29,813 2011: 28,478 2012: 28,591

Number of Deaths by Year Help for Number of Deaths by Year

1983: 69 1984: 54 1985: 80 1986: 94 1987: 1,099 1988: 432 1989: 171 1990: 107 1991: 687 1992: 842 1993: 948 1994: 970 1995: 990 1996: 1,608 1997: 1,170 1998: 1,086 1999: 923 2000: 962 2001: 819 2002: 887 2003: 817 2004: 1,083 2005: 1,200 2006: 1,342 2007: 1,309 2008: 1,178 2009: 989 2010: 1,059 2011: 1,097 2012: 1,133

 

Numbers of Incidents by Type, 2013 Help for Numbers of Incidents by Type

Numbers of Incidents by Type