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HAZMAT Reimbursements for Local Responders

Normally, the spiller (responsible party – RP) is responsible for clean-up and response costs (including hazmat team / fire department equipment, personnel and consumables). In the absence of an RP (i.e. a 55-gallon drum found on the side of the road in the right of way), the local hazmat team / fire department can submit to the federal government for reimbursement of a portion of the clean-up and response costs. The federal agency to which you submit depends on the type of material spilled or leaked.

Reimbursements for hazardous materials releases are available for local departments for overtime costs and consumables (regular costs are not included and states are ineligible for reimbursement through this program). Information on the LGR (Local Government Reimbursement) Program are available at the following URL:
https://www.epa.gov/emergency-response/local-governments-reimbursement-program .

For oil spills, reimbursements go through the Coast Guard. More information is available at: http://www.uscg.mil/npfc/claims/ .

South Carolina hazmat teams are subject to the regulations outlined in 29 CFR 1910.120. This code of federal regulations can be read at the following URL: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9765

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Jonathan Jones,   State Fire Marshal

141 Monticello Trail, Columbia, SC 29203

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