An on-line summary of emergency releases reported within Delaware, based on initial reports submitted under the 6028 regulatory requirements, is now available on the DNREC web site. To automatically receive release notifications "Click Here" to register.
Many releases are also reportable to the National Response Center (NRC). To access the NRC "Click Here"
Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), any facility or transporter that experiences an emergency release of a covered chemical above its reportable quantity must provide initial and follow-up notifications. Under EPCRA, written follow-up emergency notices are available to the public.
Initial notification (by such means as telephone or in person) must be made immediately to the SERC and LEPC. In Delaware, this is accomplished through notification to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and to 911. In most cases, the National Response Center must also be notified. Initial notifications must include each of the following (to the extent known at the time of the notice and so long as no delay in responding to the emergency results):
(1) The chemical name or identity of any substance involved in the release.
(2) An indication of whether the substance is an Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS).
(3) An estimate of the quantity of any such substance that was released into the environment.
(4) The time and duration of the release.
(5) The medium or media into which the release occurred.
(6) Any known or anticipated acute or chronic health risks associated with the emergency and, where appropriate, advice regarding medical attention necessary for exposed individuals.
(7) Proper precautions to take as a result of the release, including evacuation (unless such information is readily available to the community emergency coordinator pursuant to the emergency plan).
(8) The name and telephone number of the person or persons to be contacted for further information.
As soon as practicable after such a release, a written follow-up emergency notice (or notices, as more information becomes available) must be submitted setting forth and updating the information required to be included in the initial notification, and including additional information with respect to:
(1) actions taken to respond to and contain the release,
(2) any known or anticipated acute or chronic health risks associated with the release, and
(3) where appropriate, advice regarding medical attention necessary for exposed individuals.
Lists of covered chemicals and the quantities which trigger reporting are contained within the regulations. In general, there are three lists of chemicals covered under this reporting requirement in Delaware:
Extremely Hazardous Substances - the list of substances, and their reportable quantities, identified in the federal EPCRA Emergency Planning requirements.
Hazardous Substances - a list of substances and reportable quantities identified under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Delaware Reportable Quantities - a list of substances and reportable quantities included in Delaware's "Regulation for the Reporting of the Discharge of an Air Contaminant or Pollutant" (Regulation 6028).
If you have any questions or would like additional information concerning Emergency Release Notifications under EPCRA, contact the Delaware EPCRA Reporting Program.