State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

The State Emergency Response Commission is charged with carrying out all the requirements of a commission under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act, 42 U.S.C. § § 11000-11050 (1986)(EPCRA), and all-hazards mitigation, response, recovery, preparedness, and other applicable federal initiatives.

The SERC adopts rules necessary for the implementation of EPCRA and for the reporting of hazardous chemicals or substances, including setting minimum limits on the level of hazardous chemicals to be reported; designates and appoints local emergency planning committees; reviews and comments on the development and implementation of local emergency response plans by Local Emergency Planning Committees and provides assistance to those committees in executing their duties.

The SERC also reviews and comments on the comprehensive state Emergency Operations Plan and LEPC committee response plans; meets with interested parties, which may include representatives of the carrier industry shippers, and state and local agencies, having an interest, responsibility, or expertise concerning hazardous materials; and ensures that a state plan will go into effect when an accident occurs involving the transportation of hazardous materials among other duties.



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