Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
Oct. 17, 1986, the "Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986"
(SARA) was enacted, containing new provisions for emergency planning and community
right-to-know. Among these provisions is one which requires the governor of each
state to appoint a State Emergency Response Commission.
Wyoming SERC was created April 17, 1987 through Executive Order 1987-3. In 2004,
the Wyoming State Legislature passed the Wyoming Emergency Response Act. One of
the provisions of this act was to establish the SERC in statute and expand their
roles and responsibilities.
first meeting of the SERC, as established under the Wyoming Emergency Response
Act, was held on Friday, Aug. 13, in Casper. This is an exciting time for the
Commission they move forward in support of hazardous materials related issues. members on the SERC represent
mining, manufacturing, railroad, trucking, local government, medical, general
public, emergency management, media, local law enforcement, emergency medical
services, the Joint Tribal Council, fire services and the legislature.
following state agencies are also represented: Department of Transportation, Department
of Health, UW Environmental Health and Safety, Department of Environmental Quality,
Department of Fire Prevention & Electrical Safety and the Department of Agriculture.
Don Huber, Worland Fire Chief, and State Emergency Response Commission member
representing the fire services was elected as chairman. Joe Hunter, representing
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, was elected as co-chairman. Future
projects for the State Emergency Response Commission to consider will include
rules for the regional response teams, review of Local Emergency Planning Committee
hazardous materials plans, and other projects that come to their attention. Review the SERC Bylaws
See the list of Wyoming SERC Members or the list of Wyoming Local Emergency Planning Committees.
Among the SERCs duties are the following:
Designate local emergency planning districts within the state and appoint
a local emergency planning committee (LEPC) to serve each of the districts;
Coordinate and supervise activities of the local committees;
local emergency response plans annually; and
Receive all chemical release
notifications and inventory reports.
an application for an opening on the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) here.
For other information
concerning SERC, e-mail Kim Lee or by phone (307) 777-5767.
II Information Requests
II reporting requires reports be submitted for specific facilities and that each
specific facility be identified by name and physical address; therefore, pursuant
to 40 CFR370.30(c), a request for Tier II information must likewise identify
a specific facility.
"Facility" is defined in 40 CFR370.2 as "all buildings,
equipment, structure, and other stationary items that are located on a single
site or on contiguous or adjacent sites and which are owned or operated by the
same person . . . [and] shall include manmade structures as well as all natural
structures in which chemicals are purposefully placed or removed through human
means such that it functions as a containment structure for human use."
Tier II information is not tracked by the name of the owners or operators of the
facilities subject to reporting requirements of 40 CFR370.20 and the Wyoming
Office of Homeland Security (WOHS) is unable to honor requests for Tier II information
for all facilities reported under the name of a particular owner or operator.
requesting Tier II information a requisite statement of need must accompany the
To establish residency, the request letter must be notarized.
Historical Tier II Information
on behalf of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), will fulfill request
for Tier II information for a specific facility with the most current information
reported for that facility. Tier II information is typically retained by WOHS
for one calendar year or until more current Tier II information for a specific
facility is submitted (the federal regulations set the reporting period for Tier
II information as January 1 to December 31).
Pursuant to 40 CFR370.30(b),
the provision of Tier II information that is not in the commission's possession
(such as obsolete Tier II information from prior reporting periods) will be requested
from the owner or operator of the specific facility by SERC if the request for
such information included the requisite statement of need.
II documents are now available for download:
the electronic filing cover sheet:
the electronic Tier Two instructions:
a blank/manual Tier II form:
SERC Planning District Rules
the Reimbursement Request HMEP
II EPA: http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/epcra/tier2.htm
Computer Aided Management Emergency Operations (CAMEO): http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/cameo/index.htm
List of Lists - EPA: http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/tools.htm#lol
National Response System (NRS): http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/nrs/index.htm
EPA Regional Contacts: http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/regional.htm
US Coast Guard Chemical Response Tool: Use it when you need to identify
hazardous substances, assess their hazards, and plan or manage a response. It's
also a companion quick reference for CAMEO Chemicals. http://chemresponsetool.noaa.gov/crt_home_page_1.htm
Right-To-Know Network: http://rtk.net/
United States Chemical Safety Board: http://www.csb.gov/
U.S. DOT Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (HMEP Grants): http://hazmat.dot.gov/training/state/hmep/hmep.htm