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Oklahoma Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Commission (OHMERC)

The Oklahoma Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Commission (OHMERC) is the State Emergency Response Commission, mandated under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, Title III (SARA Title III), also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. EPCRA also requires the formation of Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs). Functions of the OHMERC are defined in the State of Oklahoma Statute 27A-4-2-102, (Oklahoma Emergency Response Act).

OHMERC membership is specified under the Oklahoma Emergency Response Act; two of six members are appointed by the Governor. By statute, the OHMERC is composed of the Secretary of Safety and Security or designee along with the Commissioner of Public Safety or designee, the State Fire Marshal or designee, the Executive Director of the Department of Environmental Quality or designee, the Director of the Oklahoma Emergency Management or designee, one member from the response community and one member from a regulated industry.

Name Appointed By Representing
Matt Wormus, Chair Statute DEQ
Chad A. Graves Governor Valero Ardmore Refinery
Chief Carl Hickman Statute State Fire Marshal
Curtis Driscoll Statute Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security
David Barnes Governor Oklahoma County Emergency Management
Major Garrett Vowell Statute Oklahoma Highway Patrol
VACANT Statute Oklahoma Dept of Emergency Management

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