LAREDO FIRE DEPARTMENT  HAZARDOUS MATERIALS DIVISION

  No. 1 Guadalupe Street       Laredo, Texas 78040       (956) 795-2180

                             

   DISCHARGE REPORTING PROCEDURES

 

1.                  General:  All unauthorized discharges of hazardous materials must be immediately reported to the Laredo Fire Department by any person or entity who believes such a discharge has occurred.  Call the report to 795-2180, or for emergencies call 911.  The reporting party from a storage facility must provide the following information:

the permittee’s ability to contain and dispose of the unauthorized discharge;

the estimated time to complete containment and disposal; and

the degree of hazard that was created.

 

2.                  Long Term or Temporary Storage Facilities:  Unauthorized discharges of hazardous materials from Long Term or Temporary Storage Facilities must be immediately reported to the Laredo Fire Department if the discharge is more than just a “recordable unauthorized discharge”.  Call the report to 795-2180, or for emergencies call 911.

 

3.                  Short Term Storage Facilities:  

1.                  A hazardous materials incident at a Short Term Storage Facility which meets the criteria described in 49 CFR 171.15(a) must be immediately reported by telephone to the National Response Center at (toll free) 800‑424‑8802 or (toll) 202‑267‑2675.  The following information must be provided:

Name of reporter

Name and address of carrier represented by reporter

Phone number where reporter can be contacted

Date, time, and location of incident

Extent of injuries, if any

Classification of hazardous material involved

Name of hazardous material involved

Quantity of hazardous materials involved

Type of incident

Nature of hazardous material involvement

Whether a continuing danger to life exists at the scene.

 

2.                  For each incident requiring a report under 171.15(a), or where there has been an unintentional release of a hazardous material from a package (including a tank), or where any quantity of hazardous waste has been discharged during transportation, 49 CFR 171.16 requires a written report on DOT Form F 5800.1 within 30 days.  If a report pertains to a hazardous waste discharge, a copy of the hazardous waste manifest for the waste must be attached to the report.  Also an estimate of the quantity of the waste removed from the scene, the name and address of the facility to which it was taken, and the manner of disposition of any removed waste must be entered in Section IX of the report form (Form F 5800.1)


3.                  In addition, a hazardous materials incident at a Short Term Storage Facility must also be reported to the Laredo Fire Department if the discharge is more than just a “recordable unauthorized discharge”.  Call the report to 795-2180, or for emergencies call 911.

 

4.                  If a hazardous materials incident should occur while any hazardous material is being transported within the city limits of the City of Laredo, the transporter shall:

Immediately notify the LFD or the local or state police or county sheriff; and

Comply with 49 CFR Part 171.15; and 49 CFR Part 171.16. 

Forwarded a copy of the incident report (5800.1) to the LFD within 30 days.

 

5.                  40 CFR 302.6 EPA requires persons in charge of facilities (including transport vehicles, vessels and aircraft) to report any release of a hazardous substance in a quantity equal to or greater than its reportable quantity, as soon as that person has knowledge of the release, to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center at (toll free) 800‑424‑8802 or (toll) 202‑267‑2675.

 

6.                  Permittee notifications to the Laredo Fire Department of releases or discharges does not relieve the permittee of any notification requirements that must be made to the TNRCC, EPA and/or the National Response Center.