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State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

SERC Mission Statement

Statutorily provided in North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) 37-17.1-07.1(a) The state emergency response commission's responsibilities as outlined in Public Law 99-499, 42 U.S.C 11001, et seq., also referred to SARA Title III shall, in conjunction with local emergency planning committees, as appointed by the boards county commissioners, and local emergency management organizations coordinate the development and maintenance of a state hazardous chemicals preparedness and response program. It shall ensure citizens are provided emergency and hazardous chemical inventory information upon request in accordance with the state and federal laws.

SERC Responsibilities
  • Review state hazardous materials response plans annually.
  • Monitor the activities and membership of Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs).
  • Ensure LEPCs receive and record documented reports submitted under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and provide information required by law.
  • Monitor resources and activities of state agencies related to respective roles and responsibilities as specified in the ND State Emergency Operations Plan (SEOP) and applicable Hazardous Materials Annex.

SERC Membership

The SERC consists of eighteen (18) appointed members; one representative from each of the following agencies:

SERC Membership
ND Department of Emergency Services (Chair) ND Department of Health
ND State Fire Marshal's Office ND Highway Patrol
ND Division of State Radio ND Office of the Governor
ND Office of Management and Budget ND Insurance Department
ND Office of the Attorney General ND National Guard
ND Workforce Safety and Insurance ND Department of Transportation
ND Industrial Commission (Oil and Gas) ND Department of Agriculture
ND Firefighter's Association Tesoro Mandan Refinery (Private Industry)
ND Motor Carrier's Association (Private Industry) Dakota Plains Cooperative (Private Industry)
Note: The SERC will encourage and accept input from agencies or organizations that have a key stake in the SERC's mission.

SERC Documents

SERC_Minutes - 06_07_2017 (document)
File Size: 313.52 kb

SERC Charter (document)
File Size: 1733.79 kb

SERC Contact Information (document)
File Size: 93.25 kb

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) were organized to fulfill the requirements of the federal regulations regarding Title III of the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986. LEPCs are responsible for preparing hazardous materials emergency response plans, serving as a repository for hazardous materials information and performing outreach functions to include hazardous materials awareness. LEPCs must have membership representation from a cross-section of the community it serves. LEPC membership should include elected officials, fire department, law enforcement, emergency management, healthcare, media, schools, industry, transportation, public health, voluntary organizations, and others. (Refer to LEPC Handbook for additional information.)

Statutorily provided in North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) 37-17.1-07.1(b) in conjunction with the state emergency response commission, the local emergency planning committees, as appointed by the boards of county commissioners, and the local emergency management organizations shall coordinate the development and maintenance of a state hazardous chemicals preparedness and response program.

LEPC Documents

LEPC Handbook - Current (document)
File Size: 1627.9 kb

This site updated as of 6/19/2019.