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Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) contains specific directives for state governments for the implementation of EPCRA at the state level. The EPCRA program as it applies to California was promulgated in the state Health and Safety Code, Title 19, and in Executive Orders. The federal EPCRA program is implemented and administered in California by the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC),
six Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), and
83 Unified Program Agencies (UPAs). Cal OES provides staff support to the SERC and the LEPCs.
The SERC directives and membership are specified in Executive Order W-40-93.
The California SERC (also known as the Chemical Emergency Planning and Response Commission (CEPRC)) oversees implementation of EPCRA in California through the following responsibilities:
The SERC Chair is the Director of Cal OES: The SERC address is:
State Emergency Response Commissionc/o California Governor's Office of Emergency ServicesHazardous Materials Section3650 Schriever AvenueMather, CA 95655
The SERC Mission is to coordinate and supervise implementation of EPCRA within California including federal programs to prevent, mitigate, and enhance response to hazardous material emergencies and ensure public availability of appropriate chemical information as prescribed by law.
The federal equivalent to the Business Plan program is the EPCRA 311/312 reporting requirements. Owners and operators are required to prepare and have available Safety Data Sheets (SDS) under the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard and must submit an inventory of their hazardous chemicals to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Preparedness Committee (LEPC), and the local fire department annually on March 1st. This requirement is achieved through compliance with the Business Plan program. Contact your local CUPA for compliance and questions.
Brian Abeel, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator
Hazardous Materials Section
Phone: (916) 845-8768 / FAX: (916) 845-8734
Health and Safety Code, chapter 6.95, Article 1
State Regulation: Title 19, California Code of Regulations, Section 2720 et. seq.
United States Code, Title 42, Section 11001 et. seq.