Kentucky Emergency Response Commission


Kentucky has adopted the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) into law through Kentucky Revised Statues (KRS) 39E and the Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) found in 106 KAR Chapter 1. EPCRA requires that every State have a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). In Kentucky, the SERC is known as the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission (KERC).

The KERC was established to:
* Implement all provisions related to hazardous substances;
* Develop policies related to the response of state and local governments to releases of hazardous substances;
* Develop standards for planning for these events;
* Develop reporting requirements for hazardous substances;
* Provide information to the public concerning hazardous substances in the community;
* Develop training requirements; and
* Develop requirements for local governments and covered facilities to exercise plans related to hazardous substance response.

For more information on the laws and regulations governing the implementation of EPCRA in Kentucky, consult KRS 39E and 106 KAR Chapter 1 at the Kentucky Legislature website at

Per KRS, the KERC can have up to twenty-five (25) members and shall include, but not be limited to, representatives from the following entities:
•    The Commission on Fire Protection, Personnel Standards, and Education
•    The Energy and Environment Cabinet
•    The State Fire Marshal
•    The Department of Kentucky State Police
•    The Office of the Attorney General
•    The Department of Agriculture
•    Affected Industry
•    Local Government
•    Health Services
•    Environmental Interests
•    Other persons who have technical expertise in the emergency response field

All Commissioners are appointed by the Governor for a period of two (2) years and can be re-appointed. Commissioners do not receive a salary.

The KERC is attached as an administrative body to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM).

The Director of KYEM serves as the Chairman and KYEM personnel provide administrative support to the Commission.

 KERC Org Chart


004-CAL 2020 KERC LEPC Calendar of EventsDownload
2020 KERC Meeting ScheduleDownload
Kentucky Open Records and Open Meetings Acts, August 2019Download
KERC Approved Expenditures for LEPC Grant Funds- January 16, 2019- VERSION 6Download

The KERC bimonthly Meeting will be via Video Teleconference on May 21, 2020, 10a.m-12p.m EST.

Media or public who want to attend the Video Teleconference, please contact Russell Cole at for meeting information.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:
July 15, 2020
September 23, 2020
November 18, 2020


Contact David Davis
KERC Program Manager
Russell Cole

To report a spill in accordance with SARA Title III Section 304 and KRS 39E.190, please contact the Duty Officer at the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center at 800-255-2587, which serves as the 24-hour warning point and contact for the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission.

The KERC shall make available to the public, upon request, all information not protected from release to the general public as a trade secret under federal law.

106 KAR Links