Maryland Release Notification: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Community right to know: Maryland Access to Information about Hazardous and Toxic Substances Act, Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) Act, Maryland Code Annotated, Labor and Employment 5-401 to5-410

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Air emissions: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)

Verbal reports: COMAR

Written reports: COMAR

Hazardous substances and wastes: COMAR and COMAR to

Oil spills: COMAR to

Verbal reports: COMAR

Written reports: COMAR

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Waste Management Administration

MDE Air and Radiation Management Administration

Maryland Emergency Management State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

Local emergency planning committee (LEPC)

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. Maryland's release notification rules are more stringent than the federal rules in some respects. The main differences include:

—Notification has to be made to state and local authorities.

—Verbal notifications are required within certain time limits, depending on the type of release.

—MDE may request additional verbal and written reporting detailing the extent of the release.

Administration and enforcement. MDE administers and enforces the state's release notification rules. Some authority has been delegated to the SERC and LEPC authorities to facilitate first response activities.

State Requirements



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