Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Law Enforcement
Massachusetts State Police
Local emergency planning committees (LEPCs)
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. Massachusetts has adopted the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requirements that cover planning for and responding to emergencies.
DEP requires state and local notification in the event of a release or spill. See the state section RELEASE NOTIFICATION for more information.
Large quantity hazardous waste generators are required to prepare an emergency preparedness plan, and in addition, they have to designate an emergency response coordinator. Small quantity generators are not required to have an emergency preparedness plan but need to appoint an emergency response coordinator. For additional information on generator responsibilities for emergency planning and response, see the state sections CONTINGENCY PLAN and GENERATORS.
Hazardous waste transporters must prepare an emergency procedures guide. For more information about the emergency procedures guide requirements, see the state section HAZARDOUS WASTE TRANSPORTERS