Chemical & Emergency Prevention and Planning (CEPP) Newsletter
Bi-monthly EPA newsletter about risk management, EPCRA, and related topics.
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Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), facilities are required to report chemical storage and release information to help communities prepare for and respond to chemical accidents. Region 10 is responsible for EPCRA compliance and enforcement in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Read more about EPCRA.
Reporting Accidental Releases
Immediate Notification - Facilities must immediately notify State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) for any area likely to be affected by a spill or release of an EPCRA extremely hazardous substance or a CERCLA hazardous substance above certain thresholds. In addition, spills or releases of CERCLA hazardous substances must also be reported to the National Response Center at (800) 424-8802. Emergency notification requirements involving transportation incidents can be met by dialing 911.
Follow-Up Notification - Facilities must submit a written follow-up to state and local agencies as soon as practicable after the release (generally 30 days).
Hazardous Chemicals Inventory Reporting
Section 311 of EPCRA requires facilities to submit copies of Safety Data Sheets (formerly knows as MSDS) or a list of hazardous chemicals grouped by hazard category for all chemicals present above an applicable threshold. Section 312 requires facilities to report inventories on an annual basis of all on-site chemicals for which they are required to have a Safety Data Sheet available for state and local officials and local fire departments.