Virginia Emergency Planning and Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste facilities: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 20-60-265

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Emergency response program: Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 44-146.34 to 44-146.40

Local emergency planning committees (LEPC): VCA 44-146.36

Virginia Disaster Response Fund: VCA 44-146.37

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Virginia Emergency Response Council (VERC) SARA Title III Program

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)

Local emergency planning committees (LEPC)

Local fire departments

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

To Report an Emergency, call (24 hours)
VDEM EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER (800) 468-8892 (Regular business) (804) 674-2400 (24 hours)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia has adopted the federal emergency planning requirements by reference with several additions (9 VAC 20-60-265). These requirements establish the emergency planning and response rules for facilities that have to comply with Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title III).

Large quantity hazardous waste generators in Virginia are required to prepare an emergency preparedness plan and designate an emergency response coordinator. Small quantity generators are not required to have an emergency preparedness plan but need to designate an emergency response coordinator. All emergencies must be reported to state and local authorities. For more information on generator responsibilities, see the national section GENERATORS.

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