Governing Law and Regulations
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.