Minnesota Emergency Planning and Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Minnesota Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (MN EPCRA): Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 299K.01 to 299K.10

Regulatory Agencies
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Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) EPCRA Program Minnesota Emergency Response Commission (MERC)

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Regional Review Committees (RRCs)

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. The Minnesota Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (MN EPCRA) Program emergency planning and response requirements are the focus of this section. Minnesota generally follows the federal EPCRA requirements for emergency planning and response with some differences. The EPCRA Program designates emergency planning districts within the state, and appoints members to a local emergency planning committee (LEPC) for each planning district. The MN EPCRA has redesignated the LEPCs as Regional Review Committees (RRCs). See the national section EMERGENCY PLANNING AND RESPONSE for federal requirements.

See the state sections COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW and TRADE SECRETS for a summary of EPCRA's chemical reporting and confidential business records requirements.

Minnesota regulations for hazardous waste transporters are the same as the federal regulations, with additional requirements, including emergency response plans. See the state section HAZARDOUS WASTE TRANSPORTERS for more information.

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