What is the HAZMAT Program?
New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is authorized to administer the Hazardous Chemicals Information Act (74-4E-1 NMSA 1978) which incorporates the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), and the Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Act (12-12-17 NMSA 1978). The purpose of both acts is to gather current information about the nature and location of hazardous materials in the State and disseminate such information to entities responsible for emergency management or the public.
The Hazardous Materials Emergency Management Program was created to address the requirements of the acts. EPCRA authorizes the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) to oversee the administration of the program in the effort to support emergency response capabilities of the local and state responders.
The position of Hazmat Coordinator supports this program in the capacity of: maintaining inventories and data bases relevant to SERC activities, including TIER II and TRI reporting; maintaining current rosters of emergency response personnel, including the local emergency planning committees (LEPC); updating accompanying documents at the direction of the SERC; scheduling activities required by the SERC; and performing other duties requested by the SERC in accordance with the provisions of the above acts.
The Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP)