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    Subdivision 1. Appointment. The commissioner of public safety shall coordinate state
agency preparedness for response to discharges of oil or hazardous substances.
    Subd. 2. Duties. The commissioner of public safety shall at least annually assess the
preparedness of each state agency for carrying out its responsibilities under sections 115E.01
to 115E.09 and shall chair regular meetings of representatives of each agency to prepare for
coordinated response. The commissioner shall develop an incident command system for use by
state agency responders in consultation with the affected state agencies. Following each major
incident, the commissioner shall review the performance of each responding agency and the
adequacy of the overall response and shall report to the agencies involved and the governor.
The commissioner shall also identify opportunities for state agencies to coordinate with federal
departments and agencies and political subdivisions of the state for preparedness and response
    Subd. 3. Jurisdiction. Except as otherwise provided, the following agencies have primary
responsibility for the specified areas in carrying out the duties and authorities of this chapter:
(1) the Department of Agriculture, for agricultural chemicals;
(2) the Department of Public Safety, for public safety and protection of property;
(3) the Department of Natural Resources, for assessment and rehabilitation of water
(4) the Pollution Control Agency, for all other matters subject to this chapter; and
(5) the Department of Transportation, with respect to requirements related to the packaging,
labeling, placarding, routing, and written reporting on releases of hazardous materials that are
being transported.
    Subd. 4. Annual report. The commissioner shall annually report to the appropriate
committees of the legislature on the readiness of state government to respond appropriately
to discharges of oil or hazardous substances.
History: 1991 c 305 s 8