260.505. 1. The director shall develop a "Hazardous Substance Emergency Response Plan", as an appendix to the annex of the "State of Missouri Basic Emergency Operation Plan", part II, "The Missouri Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Plan". The hazardous substance emergency response plan shall be developed in consultation and cooperation with affected industries, and in cooperation and with the approval of the departments of public safety, social services, agriculture, conservation, transportation, and economic development for their areas of responsibility. The plan shall outline the respective responsibilities of the involved agencies in responding to hazardous substances emergencies. The department may enter into agreements with any state agency or unit of local government, with the federal government and with other persons as necessary to develop and implement the hazardous substances emergency response plan and to implement sections 260.005 to 260.550.
2. The hazardous substance emergency response plan shall establish one statewide telephone number to be used to notify the state of Missouri whenever a hazardous substance emergency occurs. Such phone shall be monitored by technical staff capable of advising the person reporting the emergency of the proper immediate actions to take pending the arrival of response personnel or other qualified assistance. The number shall be established by rule by the department in cooperation with the other affected state agencies and in accordance with the hazardous substance emergency response plan.
3. The person monitoring the statewide emergency telephone shall notify the appropriate agencies as designated in the hazardous substance emergency response plan.
4. Any person having control over a hazardous substance shall contact the state of Missouri, as specified in subsection 2 of this section, or the National Response Center, at the earliest practical moment upon discovery of an emergency involving the hazardous substance under his control. If requested, a written report of particulars of the incident shall be submitted. Failure to notify as required in this section is a class A misdemeanor. Notification received pursuant to this paragraph or information obtained by the exploitation of such notification shall not be used against any such person in any criminal case, except a prosecution for perjuring or for giving a false statement.
(L. 1983 H.B. 528)
Missouri General Assembly