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Iowa Emergency Planning and Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Worker right to know: Hazardous Chemicals Risks Right-to-Know Act, Code of Iowa (IA Code) 89B.1 to 89B.17 and regulations at Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 875-110.1(88,89B) to 875-110.6(88,89B)

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Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) planning and response: IAC 605-104.1(30)

Local emergency management: IAC 605-7(29C)

Iowa Comprehensive Plan: IAC 605-9.1(29C) to 605-9.4(29C)

Solid waste: IAC 567-102.14(455B)

Regulatory Agencies

Iowa State Emergency Response Commission (IERC) Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Services Division (ESD) Compliance and Enforcement Bureau Emergency Response Unit

Iowa Department of Public Defense (DPD) Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Iowa has adopted the federal EPCRA emergency planning requirements, with additional reporting requirements. Iowa's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division has adopted a comprehensive plan for homeland security, disaster response, recovery, mitigation, and emergency resource management. To review federal rules, see the national section EMERGENCY PLANNING AND RESPONSE.

The state has also established emergency planning requirements for various types of solid waste facilities. See the state section SOLID WASTE for additional guidance regarding these types of operations.

In addition, Iowa has its own Hazardous Chemical Risks Right-to-Know Act that adopts federal worker right-to-know requirements with additional ...


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