Pennsylvania Release Notification regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Release Notification: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous substances: 35 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 6022.206

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Immediate notification: 35 Pa. Stat. 6022.206(a)

Notice content: 35 Pa. Stat. 6022.206(b)

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) notice: 35 Pa. Stat. 6022.206(c)

Written reports: 35 Pa. Stat. 6022.206(d)

Storage tanks

Notification: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 245.305

Written follow-up: 25 Pa. Code 245.305(d) and 25 Pa. Code 245.305(e)

AST releases: 25 Pa. Code 245.305(h)

Regulatory Agencies

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).

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Pennsylvania Release Notification Resources

Type Title
Checklists CERCLA Release Reporting Checklist
Forms Spill/Release Report Form
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