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SERC Now Accepting Plans Electronically
February 11, 2009
As of January 2009, the Maine State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) will be accepting Facility Emergency Plans electronically. Facilities may submit plans as an attachment to an e-mail, copied on a CD, or pasted into the Notes field of its 2008 Tier II report.
Federal and State Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know laws specify that facilities with Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS) at 500 pounds, or the listed Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ), whichever is less for each chemical, must report those inventories to the local fire department, the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the SERC annually. Additionally, under the State law, MRSA Title 37B, section 795, if the TPQ of an EHS chemical is exceeded, the facility is responsible for the development of an emergency plan and an annual review and exercise of that plan, and must ensure that the local Fire Department, LEPC and the SERC have copies of those plans.
The SERC encourages facilities, as they coordinate facility exercises and plan reviews with the local fire department and LEPC, to take the opportunity to update their emergency plans and provide them electronically to the LEPC and SERC.
Plans e-mailed to the SERC chould be sent to email@example.com. A paper copy will still need to go to the local fire department unless otherwise requested.
If you have any questions regarding this change please feel free to contact Robert Gardner or Faith Mayer at 1-800-452-8735 or 207-624-4400.
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