Governing Law and Regulations
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
Virginia Emergency Response Council (VERC)
Local emergency planning committees (LEPC)
Local fire 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. Virginia follows the federal requirements for reporting accidental releases of hazardous materials and waste, with additional rules regarding excess air emissions, hazardous substance releases, oil spills, transporter and underground storage tank (UST) releases. Notifications regarding releases have to be made first to state and local authorities. Federal authorities have to be notified when the situation warrants, as explained in the national section RELEASE NOTIFICATION.
• Administration and enforcement. The VDEM is the point of contact for emergency releases and has responsibility for emergency planning and training. The VERC and the DEQ coordinate and enforce Virginia's release notification rules. Some authority has been delegated to LEPCs and local fire departments to ...