Hazardous Materials Coordination

Hazardous Materials provides technical assistance and guidance to the regional hazardous materials response teams and communities throughout the state with regard to hazardous material incidents, in accordance with NH RSA 154:7(k).

What We Do

  • Respond to Hazardous Materials incidents to coordinate state agency response, and to assume control at the request of the fire officer in charge when in the best interest of public safety in accordance with RSA 154:7 (k).
  • Assist the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LERCs) with development of Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for cities and towns in New Hampshire
  • Respond to questions regarding hazardous material (HAZMAT) transportation, manufacturing, usage, storage, disposal, and the effects of hazardous materials incidents and exposures on emergency services personnel and/or local communities
  • Coordinates with the Regional Hazardous Materials Response Teams regarding training opportunities and operational procedures
  • Serve in an Emergency Support Function (ESF) capacity for ESF-10 when the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is activated.

The Hazardous Materials section is also responsible for collecting Tier II reports from facilities that are required to report their chemical inventory under the EPA Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). The act was created to help communities plan and prepare for emergencies, and to reduce the likelihood of a disaster.

Under EPCRA, facilities that manufacture, use, or store hazardous materials may need to report those chemicals if they meet or exceed the threshold planning quantities. These reports are due by March 1st of the following year.

USEPA Tier II Reporting

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Hazardous Materials Spill Notification Line

Hazardous Materials Spill Notification Line

The State of New Hampshire has a dedicated 24-hour hotline for facilities to report the release of hazardous materials as required by EPCRA.