Mississippi Emergency Planning and Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Mississippi Emergency Planning and Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs): Mississippi Regulations (MS Reg.), Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (HW) Section 264

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Underground storage tanks (UST) immediate response action contractors (IRAC): Mississippi Groundwater Protection Trust Fund, UST Regulations MS Reg., (UST-1) Sections IV to VIII

Engineering response action contractors (ERAC): MS Reg., UST-1 Sections IX to XIII

Regulatory Agencies

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Pollution Control Emergency Services Division

Mississippi Emergency Managements Agency (MEMA) Mississippi Emergency Response Commission (MERC)

Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Emergency Planning and Response (OEPR)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Mississippi follows federal regulations that require hazardous waste generators and TSDFs to implement preparedness and prevention plans that are to be followed in the event of a facility emergency such as a fire, explosion, or release. In addition, and in accordance with federal rules, these facilities must prepare contingency plans that outline the response steps that will be taken to minimize hazards to human health and the environment. The state follows the federal laws governing emergency planning and community right-to-know. See the national section CONTINGENCY PLAN and the state sections COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW and RELEASE NOTIFICATION for further guidance.

Mississippi has adopted the federal UST release reporting requirements. Releases or ...

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