Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA) was founded in 1872 and is one of the oldest trade associations in North America. CMA sponsors Responsible Care®, the industry's commitment to the public to continuously improve its health, safety and environmental performance. It also serves as the focal point for the chemical industry's collective action on legislative, regulatory and legal matters at the international, national and state levels.


CHEMTREC® offers shippers and carriers of hazardous materials a cost-effective way to comply with Federal DOT Regulations, while reducing risk and promoting Responsible Care®. In addition, CHEMTREC also works with emergency responders by helping to determine what chemicals are involved, how to protect others at the scene, as well as how to mitigate the incident.


The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2000) was developed jointly by the US Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material. It is primarily a guide to aid first responders in (1) quickly identifying the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and (2) protecting themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident. The ERG is updated every three years to accommodate new products and technology.

DOT's goal is to place one ERG2000 in each emergency service vehicle, nationwide, through distribution to state and local public safety authorities. To date, more than seven million copies have been distributed without charge to the emergency responder community.

You may download the ERG2000  in Adobe Portable Document Format or contact the state coordinator nearest you.   Copies are also available commercially through the GPO Bookstores and other commercial vendors.

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EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides & Toxic Substances promotes pollution prevention and the public’s right to know about chemical risks.


This site was developed to help emergency planners and the public implement the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). It showcases LEPC/SERC homepages, provides access to EPA information, and provides a discussion forum (conference) for users to address current issues related to emergency planning and community right-to-know at the local level.


The National Response Team and the Regional Response Teams are the federal component of the National Response System (NRS). The NRS is the federal government's mechanism for emergency response to discharges of oil and releases of chemicals. The NRT is chaired by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) serves as Vice Chair.


The Right-to-Know Network provides free access to numerous databases, text files, and conferences on the environment, housing, and sustainable development. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects; analyze reinvestment by banks in their communities; and assess people and communities affected.


Florida's State Emergency Response Commission is responsible for implementing federal EPCRA provisions in Florida and serving as a technical advisor and information clearinghouse for state and federal hazardous materials programs. The Florida Department of Community Affairs is the lead agency responsible for implementing EPCRA and provides staff support to the SERC. The Commission conducts quarterly public meetings in varying locations throughout the state. Currently, SERC membership comprises 23 Governor-appointed individuals who represent the interests of state and local government, emergency services, industry and the environment.


Dedicated to industrial chemical safety and protecting workers, the public and the environment, the Board's mission is to work in concert with industry, labor and government to help prevent chemical accidents by determining and addressing their causes.
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