Montana Emergency Planning and Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Employee and Community Hazardous Chemical Information Act, Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 50-78-101 to 50-78-402

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Hazardous waste transfer facilities: Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 17.53.706

Contingency plan requirements: ARM 17.53.801 and ARM 17.53.901

Local fire chief inspections: MCA 50-78-301

Disaster and emergency services coordination: MCA 10-3-101 to 10-3-1218

Regulatory Agencies

Montana Department of Military Affairs Disaster and Emergency Services Division (DES)

Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Montana State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

Local emergency planning committees (LEPC)

Local fire departments

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Montana Employee and Community Hazardous Chemical Information Act incorporates the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). For details, see the state section COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW.

Montana follows the federal regulations for hazardous waste transfer facilities and adopts several stricter requirements, including emergency planning rules. See the state section HAZARDOUS WASTE TRANSPORTERS for additional information.

In addition to federal emergency response reporting requirements, Montana requires notification of all releases to state authorities, including all spills affecting state groundwater, pesticides, malfunctions of air pollution control equipment, hazardous waste transporter releases, and oil and gas well operations releases. For details, see the state section RELEASE NOTIFICATION.

Montana incorporates by reference the federal contingency plan rules ...

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State Requirements

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