State program helps fund local emergency management efforts
Posted on 1/15/2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
January 15, 2010
Bismarck, ND - The Hazardous Chemicals Preparedness and Response Program, administered by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) collected more than $129,000 in chemical storage fees during reporting year 2008. These fees are divided equally between NDDES to cover program expenses and Local Emergency Planning Commissions (LEPCs) located in each county. The LEPCs may use the money to enhance emergency management capabilities in areas such as training, exercising, equipment, response and salaries.
On a yearly basis, facility owners and operators are required to report the inventory of hazardous and toxic chemicals stored across North Dakota. Typical facilities reporting are bulk fuel plants, anhydrous ammonia plants, propane plants, agricultural processing plants and energy and oil producing sites.
Revenues are anticipated to increase an average of around five percent per year. This growth is mostly due to continuing growth and changes in North Dakota's agricultural, manufacturing and energy industries.
Program Quick Facts:
More than $129,000 collected during 2008 program year
More than 3,500 facilities comprised of over 900 different entities report yearly
519 spill incidents reported
70 incidents required emergency response
Common materials involved were ammonia, gasoline, diesel fuel, fertilizer spills, crude oil, sulfur dioxide, motor oil, chemical fires and hydraulic fluid
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services provides 24/7 emergency communications and resource coordination with more than 50 lead and support agencies, private enterprise, and voluntary organizations to assist local jurisdictions in disaster and emergency response activities. It administers federal disaster recovery programs and the Homeland Security Grant Program.