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Emergency Planning and Notification Overview

Overview

Originally published in 1987, the Emergency Planning and Notification Requirements establishes a list of extremely hazardous substances, their threshold planning quantities, and the facility notification responsibilities necessary for the development and implementation of state and local emergency response plans.  The requirements obligate any facility at which there is an amount of the extremely hazardous substance equal to or in excess of its threshold planning quantity present to notify its State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) that it is subject to the emergency planning requirement.  The facility shall:

Any facility at which a hazardous chemical is produced, used or stored and at which there is release of a reportable quantity of any extremely hazardous substance or CERCLA hazardous substance shall notify the community emergency coordinator for the LEPC of any area likely to be affected by the release and the SERC of any State likely to be affected by the release.  The details concerning the nature of the release, the proper precautions to be taken, and actions taken to respond to the release are examples of other information that shall also be provided. 

Key Provisions

§ 355.10 Purpose

§ 355.20 Definitions

§ 355.30 Emergency planning

§ 355.40 Emergency release notification

§ 355.50 Penalties

Appendix A to Part 355 – The List of Extremely Hazardous Substances and Their Threshold Planning Quantities

Appendix B to Part 355 – The List of Extremely Hazardous Substances and Their Threshold Planning Quantities

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