On August 8, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule that suggests changes to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Section 312 (Tier I and Tier II) reports (40 CFR 370). The proposed regulations include additions and revisions to the Tier I and Tier II forms so the forms can be more useful to state and local agencies and better inform the public on the chemical hazards in their communities. Although the proposed regulations refer to Tier I and Tier II forms, most state and local authorities only require a Tier II form from facilities that trip reporting thresholds.
EPA proposes to add the following to Tier I and Tier II forms:
- Add entries for the facility’s identification number under EPCRA 313 (Toxic Chemical Release Inventory – Form R reporting) and Clean Air Act Risk Management Programs, if applicable.
- Add an entry for the number of occupants at the facility.
- Add entries for the facility’s parent company name, address, and phone as well as the company’s Dun and Bradstreet number.
- Add entries for name and contact information of the facility representative required under EPCRA Section 303.
- Add entries for name, title, and phone number of the person knowledgeable or responsible for completing the information on the Tier II form.
- Add an entry to indicate whether the facility is also subject to Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS) notification requirements under EPCRA Section 302.
EPA is also proposing to revise the following existing entries currently on the Tier II form:
- Revise the current range codes for maximum and daily average amounts of hazardous chemicals to narrower codes than the existing codes to be more useful to Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) for effective emergency response planning.
- Revise the reporting of chemicals (i.e., pure chemicals versus mixtures) to make it more user friendly for state and local authorities by providing separate entries for pure chemicals and mixtures.
- Revise the form to allow for description of the types of storage and storage conditions rather than using codes.
EPA is soliciting comments on the proposed rule until October 7, 2011.
Please contact Linda Swift at 508.970.0033 ext. 119 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have regarding these proposed changes to EPCRA 312 reporting.