Governing Law and Regulations
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), 42 USC 11001 to 11050, and regulations at 40 CFR 355
Employee and Community Hazardous Chemical Information Act, Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 50-78-101 to 50-78-402
Emergency response commission: MCA 10-3-1204
Emergency and community information: MCA 50-78-301
Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Montana State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Montana Department of Military Affairs Disaster and Emergency Services Division (DES)
Tribal Emergency Response Commission (TERC)
Local emergency planning committees (LEPCs)
Local fire departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Montana follows the following federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) reporting requirements, with unique state-specific reporting procedures:
—Safety Data Sheet (SDS) or chemical list reporting (EPCRA Section 311);
—Tier II chemical inventory reporting (EPCRA Section 312); and
—Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting (EPCRA Section 313).
Facilities must ensure that reports are submitted to the appropriate Tribal Emergency Response Commission (TERC), if applicable.
For more information on the aforementioned EPCRA reporting requirements, see the national section COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ administers and enforces the federal EPCRA reporting requirements in Montana. DES administers and enforces the emergency planning requirements in Montana with some authority being delegated to the state's LEPCs. Facilities are encouraged to contact their LEPC and ...