Governing Law and Regulations
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization Emergency Response Unit
Ohio Department of Commerce Division of the State Fire Marshal Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulation (BUSTR)
State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC)
Local fire and police departments
National Response Center (NRC)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Ohio's release notification rules mirror the federal requirements, with additional requirements for hazardous substance releases, hazardous waste transporters, and underground storage tank (UST) facilities. In addition, all emergency notification reports must be made to state and local authorities immediately. Any release in excess of federal release reporting thresholds must also be reported to the National Regulatory Commission (NRC).
• Administration and enforcement. The OEPA administers and enforces the state's release notification rules. Some authority for administration has been delegated to local authorities.
The state fire marshal, through the Bureau of UST Regulation (BUSTR), is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's UST regulations. The state fire marshal has delegated some authority to ...