West Virginia Release Notification: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

West Virginia Emergency Response and Community Right-to-Know Act, West Virginia Code (WV Code) 15-5A-1 to 15-5A-8 and regulations at West Virginia Regulations (WV Reg.) 55-1-1 to 55-1-11

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Air emissions: WV Reg. 45-27-10.4

Hazardous waste transporters: WV Reg. 150-11-5 and WV Reg. 157-7-6

Highway transport: WV Reg. 157-7-6

Rail transport: WV Reg. 150-11-5

Hazardous substances:

Bulk pesticide releases: WV Reg. 61-12H-5.1.4

Releases to state waters: WV Reg. 47-11-2

Industrial accidents: WV Code 15-5B-3a

Regulatory Agencies

West Virginia Department of Military Affairs & Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

West Virginia Department of Transportation (WV DOT)

Public Service Commission of West Virginia Railroad Safety Division

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, West Virginia follows the federal requirements for release notification. For details, see the national section RELEASE NOTIFICATION. West Virginia has additional state release notification requirements for excess air emissions, hazardous waste releases during transport, releases to state waters, and industrial facility accidents.

Administration and enforcement. DEP and SERC administer and enforce the state's emergency response program. Some authority has been delegated to the LEPCs and local fire and police departments throughout the ...

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