Governing Law and Regulations
Trust fund: 11 Mississippi Administrative Code (Miss. Admin. Code) Part (Pt.) 5, Chapter (Ch.) 1
Underground storage tank (UST) reporting and cleanup of spills and overfills: 11 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 5, Ch. 2, Rule 2.5
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Pollution Control Emergency Services Division
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
Local emergency planning committee (LEPC)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
| For emergency release notification, contactMEMA's 24-hour State Warning Pointat 800-222-6362 |
| National Response Center (NRC)800-424-8802 (24-hr) |
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Mississippi requires that spills of any pollutant including petroleum that may affect state waters, land, air, or public health be reported to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
In addition, Mississippi has incorporated by reference federal underground storage tank (UST) release reporting requirements under 40 CFR 280 for releases that cause a sheen on the water, any underground release, or any spill or overfill of petroleum over 25 gallons (gal). The state has also established a petroleum storage tank release trust fund to pay for releases from underground and aboveground storage tanks. See the national section OIL SPILLS and the state section UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS for additional guidance.
• Administration and enforcement. The DEQ is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's storage tank programs and oil spill regulations. The MEMA is also responsible for oil spill response activities.