State Agency Sites:
The mission of DTSC's Emergency Response Unit (ERU) is to provide statewide response to actual and potential releases of hazardous substances that pose an acute threat to public health and/or the environment, including clandestine drug labs. The ERU interacts with a number of other state, federal and local agencies in carrying out these emergency response activities.
The Emergency Response Unit responds statewide to requests for DTSC assistance for emergency removals from illegal/clandestine drug labs and other Hazardous Materials (HazMat) emergencies. Requests for assistance are handled by the Emergency Response Duty Officers.
Emergency Response Duty Officers
The DTSC Emergency Response Duty Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including weekends and holidays. They perform the following functions with regard to a wide variety of hazardous materials incidents statewide, including illegal drug labs, spilled or abandoned hazardous materials, train derailments, floods, fires, earthquakes, and other disasters:
To contact the DTSC Emergency Response Duty Officer:
Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm, please contact DTSC at (800) 260-3972 or (916) 255-6504.
After hours, weekends, or on holidays, please call the Cal OES Warning Control Center at (800) 852-7550 and ask to speak to the DTSC Emergency Response Duty Officer.