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New York State DIsaster Preparedness Commission

New York State
Disaster Preparedness Commission

Jerome M. Hauer
Chairman

 

Comprised of the commissioners, directors or chairpersons of 28 State agencies and one volunteer organization - the American Red Cross - the responsibilities of the Disaster Preparedness Commission (DPC) include: the preparation of State disaster plans; the direction of State disaster operations and coordinating those with local government operations; and the coordination of federal, State and private recovery efforts.

New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, enacted in 1978, shifted emphasis from Civil Defense to all-hazards preparedness activities and missions; created the Disaster Preparedness Commission; and assigned responsibility for off-site radiological emergency preparedness for commerical nuclear power plants.

DPC Member Agencies

Article 2-B

New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, enacted in 1978, shifted emphasis from Civil Defense to all-hazards preparedness activities and missions; created the Disaster Preparedness Commission; and assigned responsibility for off-site radiological emergency preparedness for commerical nuclear power plants.

New York State Legislature in 2010 enacted changes in Article 2-B of the NYS Executive Law, which created the Disaster Preparednness Commission in 1978.

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

Phone: (518) 292-2366
Fax: (518) 322-4986
E-mail: serc@dhses.ny.gov

It is the mission of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) to implement the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).

The SERC has created a guidance document to be used by LEPCs in order to equip them with knowledge of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), Title III - Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). This guide contains subject matter that will assist LEPCs in meeting 1986 planning standards as they apply to current thinking strategies, practices, and planning criteria. This document outlines and provides clarity on the applicable laws and identifies the steps to be taken to implement SARA Title III, and provide guidance on meeting the planning requirements for this program.

Emergency Response Guidebook

2012 Emergency Response Guidebook - Free Mobile App

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced a free, mobile web app of its Emergency Response Guidebook 2012 (ERG). PHMSA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Library of Medicine (NLM) joined forces in producing the two free ERG mobile applications.

Links to download this software are available from the Apple iTunes website at ERG 2012 for iPhone and from the Google Play website at ERG 2012 for Android. In addition, a version of the ERG is available in NLM's Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) application.

Please visit http://phmsa.dot.gov for more information.

Animal Waste Release Reporting

In January 2009, recent changes in federal regulations prompted the reporting of animal waste releases at farms. There are exemptions to those reporting requirements.

SERC Working Group

The SERC also coordinates and supervises the implementation of federal programs within New York that prevent, mitigate, and enhance response to hazardous material emergencies and ensure public awareness of appropriate chemical information as prescribed by law.

In order to carry out its ongoing planning functions for emergencies that involve hazardous materials, the SERC has created a Working Group.

State Emergency Response Commission Working Group

New York State Office of Emergency Management
1220 Washington Avenue
Building 22, Suite 101
Albany, NY 12226-2251
Phone: (518) 292-2366
Fax: (518) 322-4986
E-mail: serc@dhses.ny.gov

Tier II Reporting

E-Plan in New York State

Traditionally, facilities required to report under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) have used the hard-copy Tier II form or some electronic variation (i.e., Tier2 Submit) as a means of complying with the inventory reporting requirements. This variance in reporting methodology often makes it difficult to utilize this information for State and local planning purposes. The State of New York has decided to accept and encourage the use of an electronic Tier II submission program as the primary means for companies operating in New York State to comply with federal chemical inventory reporting requirements.

The SERC Working Group has reviewed the capabilities of a Tier II reporting methodology known as E-Plan. E-Plan is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security(DHS) funded electronic database managed by the State University of Texas at Dallas. E-Plan is a secure, web-based system that includes the necessary and required elements to receive chemical inventory information from facilities that are required to report. The system includes a host of supportive information, import/export capabilities, and is currently being used in several counties in New York State.

The State has decided to accept the use of this web-based application for compliance purposes in reporting to the State. County Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and fire departments will determine whether or not electronic submission is a process that they are willing to accept for compliance with EPCRA Section 312.

The information in these links will provide you with key points in using electronic filing, as well as the background of chemical inventory reporting and what using E-Plan means to both industry and local government agencies.

E-Plan Fact Sheet

This fact sheet identifies the details on using E-Plan and is designed for all audiences that are considering using electronic reporting. This fact sheet should be reviewed in conjunction with the Local Government Primer.

County E-Plan Implementation Guide

This guide identifies several items and concerns that each LEPC should formally address in moving forward with E-Plan, including concepts for amending by-laws, responding to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests, and the process for authorizing access to the E-Plan system.

E-Plan

The State of New York uses E-Plan for accepting online submission of Tier II chemical inventory information. The program is available for use by local government and industry at no cost.

Current Best Practices

In the following counties, the LEPCs and the fire departments accept E-Plan to fulfill the chemical inventory requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA):

  • Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Clinton, Erie, Greene, Lewis, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Schoharie, and Yates.

In the following counties, only the LEPCs accept E-Plan to fulfill the chemical inventory requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA):

  • Cattaraugus, Chemung, Cortland, Essex, Franklin, Genesee, Jefferson, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Warren, Wayne, and Westchester.

For industries located within the city limits of New York City, local Tier II submissions and questions should be sent to DEP through the following website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/businesses/tier2.shtml

E-Plan Web Seminar Recordings

Recordings of the complete E-Plan instructional web seminars are currently available as links or as downloads. The Industry recording is a complete tutorial for the submission of Tier II data using the E-Plan web page. The Government recording is a complete tutorial for users to access data from the E-Plan web page upon being granted access. (NOTE: Recordings may take up to 30 seconds to begin.)

Tier2 Submit Software

The EPA has developed Tier2 Submit to help facilities prepare an electronic chemical inventory report.

Facilities which have used the EPA Tier2 Submit program in the past can upload their submission directly into the E-Plan system. For those still choosing to use Tier2 Submit, see the Facilities Submission Guide to assist in completing the fields in the Tier2 Submit program.

If you choose to continue to use the Tier2 Submit program, please note that due to technology concerns, our office will no longer be able to accept any electronic submissions of Tier II data in the form of CD, zip drive, or email attachment. Tier II submissions on paper may be mailed to:

New York State Office of Emergency Management
Tier II Reporting
1220 Washington Avenue
Building 22, Suite 101
Albany, NY 12226-2251

Tier II Reporting Requirements

Additional Information

As of March 31, 2005, the EPA Call Center is not providing support for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Underground Storage Tanks (UST), and Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST) programs. The decision to remove this service was made by the U.S. Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) and can be found in the Federal Register Notice - March 4, 2005 (PDF - 63 Kb)

Individuals seeking information on the RCRA and UST programs are being directed to EPA's Headquarters and Regional Offices at EPA Wastes contact page.

 

William R.
Davis Jr.

Director