Locate Chemicals Stored in Your Community
Almost all communities have chemicals stored within its boundaries. Chemicals that are handled properly and responsibly are safe. If there are chemicals stored in your community that does not mean that you are being harmed or exposed to the chemicals. However, you have a right to know where and what kinds of chemicals are stored in your area in order to make informed decisions about emergency preparedness for your family and/or community in the event of an accident.
DEQ collects information on approximately 50,000 chemical storage locations in Oklahoma under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. This information is provided to fire departments and the Local Emergency Planning Commission in each county. First responders can use this information in emergency planning, management, and response.
DEQ now has a tool to make it easy for you to search by address or zip code for locations that store reported chemicals. It is important to note that not every facility that stores chemicals is required to report storage information to DEQ, only those that house chemicals over a specific amount.
Using this tool, you will find oil and gas wells, cell towers that have large acid batteries, water plants, large box stores, manufacturing facilities, and other types of facilities.
Below are instructions on how to use the tool and how to get further information.
Once you click on the link below you will see a map of Oklahoma:
1. Type your address or zip code into the search box at the top left hand corner
2. Press the enter button on your computer
3. Scroll out by clicking the – (minus) sign next to the search button until you see your location surrounded by a circle and green dots inside the circle
4. Three miles is preset as the search area, but you can set the area of the search from 1 to 10 miles by sliding the scale on the right. The number you see in the green box above the scale is the number of reporting facilities within the selected mile range around your address or zip code.
5. Click on a green dot to find the name of the facility and other information like the location as well as most current reporting year. (chemical information is due every March for the previous year)
6. Or you can see the names of the facilities on the right in a column
7. If you want information on the chemicals stored at the locations listed, you can request that by using this form (http://www.deq.state.ok.us/pubs/CSD/SARAIIIRequestForm08.pdf ). List the names of the facilities you are interested in getting more information (you can highlight, copy and paste the list on the right to make it easier) on the form. It is required by law that you make a formal request for information on specific facilities. You will need to state who you are and why you want the information – the fact you are living close to the facility or plan to move to the area is sufficient. Then email the request to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like even more detailed information, you can contact DEQ at 405-702-5100.
8. If you want to know what plans are in place to respond to potential accidents, you can contact your county’s Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC). LEPC contact information is linked below just scroll down the page.
9. Below is the link to start exploring the facilities with chemicals in your area (This is a large map and may load slowly. Please be patient):
LEPC Chairperson link (bottom of page) http://www.deq.state.ok.us/LPDnew/saratitleiii/ohmerc.htm
EPA Community Right-to-Know Link http://www2.epa.gov/epcra
ATSDR chemical factsheet link http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/index.asp
DEQ dataviewer http://www.deq.state.ok.us/mainlinks/gis/index.html