Governing Law and Regulations
Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Missouri Department of Public Safety Missouri Emergency Response Commission (MERC)
Local emergency planning committees (LEPCs) 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. Generally, Missouri follows the federal release notification requirements as explained in the national section RELEASE NOTIFICATION. However, the state's list of reportable hazardous substances is more inclusive than the federal list, and state and local authorities must be notified in the event of an emergency.
The state's underground storage tank (UST) release notification rules parallel the federal UST regulations at 40 CFR 280.50 to 280.53. Notice must be made by telephone to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) within 24 hours and to the local emergency planning committee (LEPC) with a written follow-up report within 7 days. See the national section UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS for additional information.
• Administration and enforcement. The DNR and MERC administer and enforce the state's emergency response program. Some authority has been delegated to the LEPCs and local fire departments throughout the state to facilitate first response activities.