SERC Duties

  • Advise the Director, MEMA, on rules promulgated under Chapter 13, Title 37-B;
  • Designate emergency planning districts to facilitate preparation and implementation of emergency response plans;
  • Appoint members to Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) within each emergency planning district;
  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of LEPC’s;
  • Receive and process requests from the public regarding emergency response plans, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), inventory forms, toxic chemical release forms, and emergency release notices;
  • Review and make recommendations on emergency response plans submitted by LEPC’s;
  • Receive release notifications;
  • Rule on trade secrets in cooperation with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
  • Monitor, observe, participate, and review certain hazardous materials exercises;
  • Review and monitor hazardous materials training programs;
  • Conduct joint emergency operations from the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC);
  • Undertake all other actions necessary for state implementation of SARA Title III (the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986) and Chapter 13, Title 37-B; and
  • Provide oversight and control of the State Emergency Response Fund.