Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
County emergency management agencies Local fire and police departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
| RELEASE REPORTINGPennsylvania Emergency Management Agency717-651-2001 (24 hours)DEP Regional OfficesSoutheast: 484-250-5900, Northeast: 570-826-2511, South-Central: 877-333-1904North-Central: 570-327-3636, Southwest: 412-442-4000, Northwest: 814-332-6945National Response Center800-424-8802 |
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Pennsylvania generally follows the federal regulations for release notification. See the national section RELEASE NOTIFICATION for additional information. However, Pennsylvania has stricter requirements for notification of releases of hazardous substances and releases from storage tanks.
If there is an emergency, dial 911 (or other, local seven-digit emergency number in some areas) and report the emergency locally. As the scope of an emergency is determined, county emergency management agencies communicate with PEMA through a 24-hour Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
DEP prefers that ...