Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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What To Do In An Emergency

If you are involved in any kind of incident that involves the release of a reportable quantity of a hazardous material, you must follow the proper notification procedures to avoid costly penalties.  If a release exceeds the reportable quantity, for example more than 18 gallons of anhydrous ammonia, you must notify the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, your Local Emergency Planning Committee and the National Response Center within 15 minutes of determining that an RQ has been released.  Go to and click on "Regulations" and "Emergency Release Info" to download documents containing the procedures to follow, the phone numbers to call and a list of the county LEPC offices.  You must also follow-up with a written report to IEMA within 30 days.  If a farmer is in control of a product at the time of a reportable release, he or she is the one that must make these phone calls, but you can and should do your part to assist them in following the regulations.