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Representatives of Facilities, Transporters or Vessels

The Emergency Release Notification Guidelines for Cuyahoga County explain the steps to follow to report an emergency release of a CERCLA Hazardous Substance or an EPCRA Extremely Hazardous Substance that exceeds a reportable amount.

You must notify some or all of the agencies listed below within 30 minutes, if possible, each time you have a reportable release. It is advisable to review and understand the Emergency Release Notification Guidelines for Cuyahoga County as you evaluate emergency plans for your facility rather than during an emergency.

Thresholds for Emergency Release Notification

The U.S. EPA maintains a Consolidated List of Chemicals subject to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) and Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act. It is also called the "List of Lists." This list provides essential information about the threshold reporting amounts for Extremely Hazardous and CERCLA Hazardous Substances that must be reported in the event of an emergency release.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Please follow the guidelines included in the Emergency Release Notification Guidelines for Cuyahoga County. The required contacts listed below are included as a quick reference for those who are familiar with the reporting requirements. All of these contacts can be reached 24 hours per day.

Local Fire Department Please call 9-1-1.
Cuyahoga County LEPC 216-771-1365

Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System (CECOMS) maintains a Spill Line for Cuyahoga County to receive spill notifications for the LEPC

Ohio State Emergency Response Commission 800-282-9378
National Response Center 800-424-8802
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District 216-641-3200

Required Written Follow-up Notice

If the emergency release of a CERCLA Hazardous Substance or an EPCRA Extremely Hazardous Substance exceeds a reportable amount (see above for U.S. EPA List of Lists) you must complete and submit a written follow-up notice within 30 days that provides additional information about the incident. This requirement is outlined in the Emergency Release Notification Guidelines for Cuyahoga County.

This form can be used to complete the required written follow-up report. Be sure to save the completed form and email to

Penalty for Failing to Provide Emergency Notification

Ohio Revised Code Section 3750.06 provides both civil and criminal penalties for failure to follow the above guidelines subsequent to a reportable emergency release. The LEPC has enforced these requirements when necessary.

The LEPC has reached settlements with the Commercial Forgings (2003- $5,900), the Acme Construction Company (2002- $7,000), the Ashland Chemical Company (2001- $3,437.50), Ohio Aluminum Industries, Inc. (2001- $2,310), Ohio Pool Equipment Supply Company (2001- $4,000) and SPS Technologies (2001- $9500) following spills of Hazardous or Extremely Hazardous Substances.

General Public

Members of the general public can report an emergency release by calling 9-1-1.

Operators at CECOMS 216-771-1365 and the Ohio SERC 800-282-9378 will also record emergency release information from those wishing to make these contacts.