Florida STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMISSION for Hazardous Materials
Purpose and Function of the State Emergency Response Commission
On October 17, 1986, in response to a growing concern for safety around chemical facilities, Congress enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). The Act has had a far-reaching influence on issues relating to hazardous materials. EPCRA contains five sections which cover issues associated with the manufacture, use, exposure, transportation, and public education of hazardous materials. It is the mission of the Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) to implement EPCRA in the State of Florida and mitigate the effects of a release or spill of hazardous materials.
The 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 Division of Emergency Management 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.
Radiological Emergency Preparedness
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