Governing Law and Regulations
West Virginia Department of Military Affairs & Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
West Virginia Department of Transportation (WV DOT)
Public Service Commission of West Virginia Railroad Safety Division
Local fire and police departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Generally, West Virginia follows the federal requirements for release notification. For details, see the national section RELEASE NOTIFICATION. West Virginia has additional state release notification requirements for excess air emissions, hazardous waste releases during transport, releases to state waters, and industrial facility accidents.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP and SERC administer and enforce the state's emergency response program. Some authority has been delegated to the LEPCs and local fire and police departments throughout the ...