Hazardous Material Control Board (HMCB) / Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Advise the City Officials concerning the prevention, regulation and control of Hazardous Chemicals and Materials.

Meetings

  • Third Wednesday each month    
  • 3:30 PM
  • Conference Room
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What is the Hazardous Materials Control Board (HMCB)?

 Adopted by the Municipal Council of the City of Clifton on June 21, 1988, the HMCB serves without compensation concerning the prevention and control of chemicals and materials.

 *  The Board serve as the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) as per federal 
 regulation.
 

*  The Board makes recommendations to  ensure that storage and use of hazardous chemicals in Clifton are done in accordance to federal, state, and local laws to ensure the safety of the residents and businesses in Clifton. 

 *  All new businesses within the City of Clifton are required to complete a Building Dept. CBC application and must report any hazardous materials that will be used or stored onsite. 

 *  Each and every facility located within the boundaries of the City of Clifton shall be 
 required to file with the HMCB of the City of Clifton outlined in Chapter 45, Section 7 of the code of the City of Clifton code.

 

What enforcement powers does the HMCB have?

 *  Powers and remedies are provided under 42 U.S.C § 11046(a)(2), and under any other 
 applicable federal or state law regulation.

 *  Other additional powers & remedies as may be available under any state or federal law, rule or regulation or as may be available  under any other ordinances of the City of  Clifton.

 

Violations and Penalties

 *  Any person, firm or corporation violating HMCB ordinance, and upon conviction can be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days.

 *  Each day that violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

 *  Fees are collected annually based on Right to Know surveys submitted from facilities previous year survey and budget. (See Clifton Ordinance 45-11).

 

Education

*  The HMCB provides community education. Speakers are available to come and talk at schools, community meetings, health fairs, science fairs, etc.

 *  Please contact the Hazmat Coordinator to set up a speaker.

 

What materials need to be filed with the HMCB?

 *  Community Right to Know Survey (ANNUALLY) (DEQ-094)

*  Section 311 of SARA Title

*  EPA Form R, Toxic Chemical Release Inventory Reporting Form and DEQ-100

*  NJ DEP Form DEQ-80

*  Other paperwork will be requested by the HMCB, if needed

 

What does the HMCB review once Building Application is submitted?

 *  Review any Building plans submitted (engineering or architect).

 *  Review Clifton Haz-Mat Board Chemical Inventory Sheet and HMCB Application,

*  Review company’s liability insurance specifying risks covered by insurance policies. 

 *  HMCB needs at least 75% vote of its attending members. It may require, from any applicant facility that is not incompliance with the requirements, a hazard analysis alone, or a with risk assessment of the chemicals and substances at the building for which the application is made. 

 *  If there are any changes in quantity after initial approval, the facility shall be required to submit a written report detailing the changes for the Board’s information, review and action.

 

Schedule of Meetings

 *  The HMCB meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month (except July & August unless needed) at 3:30pm at Clifton City Hall, 1st Floor Conference Room.

 *  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend all meetings. Please see calendar for all meeting dates.

 

Who are the Board Members?

 *  Established by municipal resolution, the HMCB is an advisory body composed of 13 members appointed by the council and they serve for a three (3) year term.

 

What are the Powers & Duties of the HMCB?

 *  Make recommendations to the Municipal Council for regulations of inspection, control, and supervision of hazardous chemicals and materials in the City of Clifton which includes fines and penalties.

*  Create and support education awareness to the citizens of Clifton of dangers, hazards and problems with the use and release of hazardous chemicals and materials.


 *  Protect our emergency responders, including the Clifton Fire Department, Police 
 Department, and Emergency Medical 
 Technicians, by ensuring that potential hazards throughout the City have been identified, and measures have been put in place to prevent uncontrolled releases of hazardous materials. 

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