About the State Emergency Response Commission


Payments by E-Check

The SERC is now accepting payments by E-Check, please call (775) 684-7511 for information or to make a payment.


    Important SERC Information

    Why was the Commission Established?

    The Emergency Planning Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requires each state to have a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the Nevada SERC is established by Nevada Revised Statue (NRS) 459.738.  The SERC has designated planning districts within the state as Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) to coordinate the activities of each planning district.  Each county is a planning district and each county has a designed the LEPC with the approval of the SERC.

      Membership/Mission

      Currently the SERC consists of fifteen members appointed by the Governor representing state and local government organizations, private industry, and general public. The mission of the SERC is, "Protect the citizens of the State of Nevada against the negative effects of hazardous materials."

        Functions

        The main functions of the SERC include: coordinate and supervise the activities of the Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs); ensure each LEPC has an approved Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan; collect chemical inventory reports; provide funds through grants, and process
        requests from the public for information.
         
        EPCRA specifies what kids of chemical releases and quantities require notification, to who reports and notifications are required, and established threshold planning quantities.  The provisions of EPCRA require industry to comply with reports of storage, manufacture and releases to specific agencies.  Along with these reporting requirements, fee required by Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 459.9918, 459.99181, 459.99182 and NRS 459.744 are collected and granted to state and local agencies to provide assistance in planning, training, and equipment activities to prevent, respond to, and mitigate hazardous material incidents.

          Funding

          The operations of the Nevada State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) are funded from the Highway Fund pursuant to NRS 459.735.  Grants provided by the SERC are funded from; federal grants, fees collected on chemical inventory reports, and the sale and renewal of United We Stand license plates.  The SERC does not receive funds from the State General Fund.