Governing Law and Regulations
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA)
Local emergency planning committees (LEPC)
Local fire and police departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Maryland generally follows the federal emergency planning and response regulations, with additional state requirements for oil spills, pesticide applicators, underground storage tank (UST) operators, well construction, hazardous waste transporters, and hazardous and solid waste facilities. See the national section EMERGENCY PLANNING AND RESPONSE for federal emergency requirements.
Maryland follows federal rules that require water suppliers to develop a comprehensive water supply emergency contingency plan. Maryland requires that public water suppliers must contact the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) when a reportable incident occurs during the operation of the water treatment and distribution system. For more information, see the state section DRINKING WATER