State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
Emergency Order (Docket No. DOT-OST-2014-0067)
Petroleum Crude Oil Railroad Carriers

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an Emergency Order on May 7, 2014, requiring all railroads operating trains carrying more than 1 million gallons of Bakken crude oil, or approximately 35 tank cars, to notify State Emergency Response Commissions about the expected weekly train movements through their respective state.

The notification must include estimated volumes of Bakken crude oil being transported, the frequency of expected train traffic, and the route through which Bakken crude oil will be transported. In addition, the order requires each railroad to provide contact information for at least one individual responsible for responding to emergency responders about the shipments.

On June 11, 2014, the Ohio State Emergency Response Commission passed a resolution at its meeting designating the State of Ohio Fusion Center as the repository for notifications and revisions/updates to the notifications.  The Ohio Fusion Center will maintain the notifications and distribute the notifications to state and local emergency responders. A copy of the resolution can be found here:  2014 SERC USDOT Emergency Order Resolution

The SERC is transferring the notifications received from any rail carrier to the Ohio Fusion Center. 

Notifications and revisions/updates should be submitted to the Ohio Fusion Center at the following address:

Ohio Homeland Security
c/o Strategic Analysis and Information Center Commander
1970 W. Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223



Oil and Gas Industry Reporting

In the April 26, 2013 response to the petition, U.S. EPA determined that the alternative reporting in Ohio law does not supersede the reporting requirements of EPCRA.  As a result, U.S. EPA concluded that Ohio oil and gas well owners or operators must separately meet the reporting obligations of EPCRA to insure compliance with federal law.

Many oil and gas well owners submitted hazardous chemical inventory reports, required under section 312 of EPCRA, in the fall of 2013, following the notice by the SERC dated September 11, 2013. After receiving requests from the oil and gas industry, the SERC explored options to provide oil and gas well owners flexibility for the submission of their 2013 annual chemical inventory reports, due March 1, 2014. Please be advised that the reporting instructions contained in a memorandum sent to oil and gas well owners/operators on or around January 23, 2014 have been revised to make it easier to report, as outlined below.

Specifically, the SERC is making the following two changes to its previous instructions to provide flexibility to oil and gas well owners who filed chemical inventory reports in the fall of 2013, and are also required to submit annual chemical inventory reports for calendar year 2013, due March 1, 2014: (1) submission of the facility map is optional, and (2) the chemical inventory report may be completed using the abbreviated “CY2013 Short Form.” If your previous inventory report filed in 2013 for calendar year 2012 has not changed, you may submit a “short form”, which would contain only the additional or modified items added to the reporting form by US EPA, along with a certification that the previously submitted forms is still accurate.

Oil and gas documents can be found here:

Letter:  February 5, 2014 [PDF]

Instructions "Short Form" [PDF]

Oil and Gas "Short Form" [PDF]

Effective October 9th, 2013 the Ohio SERC voted to rescind using the E-Plan reporting system and it is no longer a reporting option for the statewide regulated facilities.

Chemical Inventory Reporting 

To increase the efficiency and quality of the fee process, the State Emergency Response Commission's (SERC) fiscal agent recently incorporated a color coding system for filing fee invoices and worksheets processed during the course of the State Fiscal Year (SFY). As a result, this year's SERC filing fee worksheet will be printed on green paper.

In the first few weeks of January 2014, Ohio EPA's Right-to-Know Program sent each regulated facility a cover letter and green pre-printed SERC filing fee worksheet with an assigned Revenue ID number. To reduce costs, Ohio EPA limits the number of SERC compliance manuals printed and encourages facilities to use either the Tier2 Submit software to electronically report their chemical inventory.

A free version of the Tier2 Submit software can be downloaded from the U.S. EPA Tier II Chemical Inventory Reports / Tier2 Submit web page. Facilities opting to file using Tier2 Submit may submit their report on a CD to both the SERC and the LEPC.

If you elect not to submit your information electronically, or do not receive information in the mail, you may download the 2014 SERC compliance manual and forms from the website. You may also request a printed copy of the manual and forms by sending an e-mail to or by calling 1-888-644-2260.

If you have any questions concerning the SERC, please call (614) 644-2260.  

Other Helpful Websites

Ohio Emergency Management Agency Website

Ohio Emergency Management Association Website

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Website

Link to the Oil and Gas Emergency Response System (ODNR)

Ohio Department of Commerce's Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) 

Service Station Decision Tree (PDF)

SIC/NAICS Information Website

Cessation of Regulated Operations (CRO)