Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) protects public health, safety, and the environment from chemical hazards. This is done by requiring federal and state governments, local agencies, tribal nations, and industries to partner in implementing emergency planning and preparedness. 

Under these regulations, businesses may be required to submit hazardous chemical information to:

Businesses may be required to submit one or more reports depending on:

  • The types of chemicals or substances stored onsite
  • The quantities of the chemicals or substances
  • Facility activities

What are the reports under EPCRA?

There are four key reports:

  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Emergency Release Notifications
  • Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reporting (Tier Two)
  • Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting   

What reports do I need to submit?         

For Emergency Response Planning and Tier Two reports

Ask yourself:

If you answered yes to these questions, please review the following to determine if your business must submit reports:

  • Does my business have any chemicals that are Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHSs) and meet the reporting threshold? Check the List of Lists to determine if a chemical is an EHS and what the reporting threshold is. 
  • Does my business, at any time, have 10,000 pounds or more of any chemical or product on site?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, your business must:

  1. Request a Community Right-to-Know Number.
  2. Complete the initial SDS/MSDS reporting form for Tier Two, Section 311.
  3. Complete the Tier Two report, Section 312, by March each year.

Businesses with any EHS's that meet the reporting thresholds, must also complete the Emergency Response Planning form, Section 302 and 303. 

For reporting a release of a hazardous chemical

If your business has a release of a hazardous chemical, additional reporting requirements may apply.  Please see full details about the reporting requirements under Emergency Release Notifications and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting sections below.

Details and forms for each report type

Emergency Response Planning

Section 301

Requires SERCs to designate LEPCs. The LEPCs are responsible for developing local emergency response plans and submitting them annually to the SERC

Section 302

Facilities that have any Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS) listed at or above its threshold planning quantity must:

  • Notify the SERC and your LEPC within 60 days after the first shipment arrives on site or the substance is produced.
  • Report any changes in the status of substances that would affect emergency planning within 30 days.

Some facilities voluntarily report substances that are below thresholds and we record that information. 

Section 303

Requires facilities to identify a Facility Emergency Coordinator and provide appropriate contact information. The LEPC may invite the coordinator to participate in local emergency planning efforts. 

Notification of Extremely Hazardous Substances and Facility Representative Desigantion Form

Emergency Release Notifications Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reporting (Tier Two) Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)

This webpage is funded in partnership with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries by the Worker and Community Right-to-Know Fund (PDF).