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


2021-04 KERC Newsletter- Issue 12 - APPROVEDDownload
2021-06 KERC Newsletter- Issue 13 - APPROVEDDownload
KERC Media Advisory July 23, 2021Download
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Presentation KERC 2021-03Download
The KERC bimonthly Meeting will be on Tuesday November 9, 2021, 10.00 a.m. at the KY Transporation Cabinet, 200 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY 40601 and Video Teleconference(VTC) 

Media or members of the public who wish to attend the KERC Video Teleconference, please read this KERC Media Advisory​​​​ ​for registration information. 

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

January 19, 2022 at the Kenton County Emergency Management in Covington, KY 
March 16, 2022
May 18, 2022
July 20, 2022
September 7, 2022 
at the KESC/GEMW Conference in Louisville, KY 
November 16, 2022


Contact David Davis
KERC Program Manager
Russell Cole

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​
Kentucky Emergency Response Commission