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State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

The goal of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) is to promote chemical emergency preparedness and prevention throughout the state of Illinois. The SERC, through implementation of emergency planning and community right-to-know laws and through establishment and support of its Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), assists in chemical emergency planning, provides public access to chemical data, raises public awareness of chemical risks and encourages public participation in local chemical safety issues.


IEMA's TIER II MANAGERTM On-line Filing System

IEMA's Emergency Release Notification Fact Sheet

LEPC Release Reporting Contacts


May 7, 2014: Emergency US DOT Order Requiring Crude Oil Rail Shipment Notifications to State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs)

Click here for US DOT’s Emergency Order

Pursuant to the above-referenced order, any SERC notifications should be sent to the following:

Director, James K. Joseph
c/o Mr. Kelly Horn
Illinois SERC
1035 Outer Park Drive
Springfield IL 62704-4462

Notifications must contain the following information:

The notification must provide information regarding the estimated volumes and frequencies of train traffic implicated. Specifically, the notification must: (a) provide a reasonable estimate of the number of trains implicated by this Order that are expected to travel, per week, through each county within the state; (b) identify and describe the petroleum crude oil expected to be transported in accordance with 49 CFR part 172, subpart C; (c) provide all applicable emergency response information required by 49 CFR part 172, subpart G; and, (d) identify the routes over which the material will be transported. This notification also must identify at least one point of contact at the railroad (including name, title, phone number and address) responsible for serving as the point of contact for SERCs and relevant emergency responders related to the railroad’s transportation of Bakken crude oil.

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