North Carolina Emergency Planning and Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air contaminants: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 02D.0302

For a Limited Time receive a FREE EHS Report "Recordkeeping for EHS Managers." This special report contains a recordkeeping checklist to help you keep track of your records for major environmental laws and OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. Download Now

Hazardous waste: 15A NCAC 13A.0109

Drinking water: 15A NCAC 18C.0307

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Division of Waste Management Hazardous Waste Section

DENR Division of Air Quality

DENR Division of Environmental Health

Department of Crime Control and Public Safety (DCCPS) North Carolina Division of Emergency Management

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

Local emergency planning committees (LEPCs)

Local fire and police departments

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina has adopted the federal emergency planning and response rules for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs), with some additional notification requirements. The state has also established air quality standards that would prompt a state emergency if any of the levels is exceeded. In addition, state public water suppliers must prepare and implement emergency plans.

Administration and enforcement. DENR, along with local fire and police departments, administers and enforces the emergency planning and response rules in North Carolina.

State Requirements


15A NCAC 02D.0302

The state has implemented regulations that are designed to prevent the excessive buildup of air contaminants during air pollution episodes to prevent an emergency resulting from the effects of air contaminants on the public's health.

During an air episode, the emergency level indicates that air quality is continuing to degrade to a point that should never be reached and that the most stringent control ...

>> Read more about Emergency Planning and Response

State Requirements

National | Alabama | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New York | North Carolina | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin |

North Carolina Emergency Planning and Response Resources

Emergency Planning and Response Products

Free Special Reports
Get Your FREE Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
Featured Special Report
Claim Your Free Copy of Recordkeeping for EHS Managers

One of the most tedious aspects of an EHS manager’s job is to keep track of a host of records. Laws have been passed in every jurisdiction requiring facilities to produce and retain records of various kinds. Don’t get caught without the necessary records in the event of a surprise EPA or OSHA inspection! This special report shows EHS managers at a glance the records they must keep on hand and for how long.

Download Now!

This special report contains a recordkeeping checklist to help you keep track of your records for major environmental laws and OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard.

Also included are 3 useful tables which provide:
  • A summary listing of federal environmental recordkeeping requirements
  • A list of federal safety recordkeeping requirements.
  • A list of federal recordkeeping requirements for DOT and the Department of Homeland Security as they apply to hazardous material transporters and chemical facilities.
Download Now!