Local hazardous substances handling guidelines announced

Lt. Gil Benn of Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department-Emergency Management made the following announcement recently regarding hazardous substances reporting:

The federal government requires that, “Any facility (business, municipality, school, farm, etc.) that utilizes any of the 364 Extremely Hazardous Substances as listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) above certain quantities or any Hazardous Chemicals as defined by the EPA above a certain quantity are required to report this information. In Kenosha County, facilities should report this information to the Kenosha County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)/Kenosha County Emergency Management (KCEM) and to Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM),” stated Lt. Gil Benn, Kenosha County Emergency Management. “The information that is obtained from facilities is not only required under federal law but is critical information that is utilized by the local fire departments, the countywide Hazardous Materials Response Team, the Regional HazMat Team and Kenosha County Emergency Management for planning and incident response,” said Benn. “Organizations found in non-compliance with the above laws as stated in the Superfund Amendment & Reauthorization Act may be subject to federal fines of up to $75,000 per chemical, per day and the possibility of civil and criminal fines if an accident or intentional act occurs at their facility.” “Kenosha County Emergency Management is proactive in identifying all of the Extremely Hazardous Substances and Hazardous Chemicals that may be found within Kenosha County so that facilities and first responders can mitigate any potential problems before they occur and so first responders can better respond to chemical related emergencies that may arise,” stated Benn. “Currently Kenosha County Emergency Management has a listing of 59 Facilities that utilize Extremely Hazardous Substances and 115 Facilities that utilize Hazardous Chemicals.” For further information contact Kenosha County Emergency Management at 605- 7900. Additional information may also be obtained at EPA’s or Wisconsin Emergency Management’s websites www.epa.gov or http://emergencymanagement.wi.gov.

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