Requires SERCs to designate LEPCs. The LEPCs are responsible for developing local emergency response plans and submitting them annually to the SERC.
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.
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 Designation Form
You must report a release of a hazardous substance that could expose anyone outside of your facility. This includes releases from motor vehicles, rolling stock, and aircraft.
Immediately call the required emergency numbers:
- The SERC: 800-258-5990
- Your LEPC
- National Response Center: 800-424-8802
- You must call this number if you released an EHS/CERCLA hazardous substances.
There are no penalties for reporting a spill unnecessarily, but there may be significant penalties for not reporting one.
Follow up Notification
Within 30 days, you must send a follow-up notification to the SERC and your LEPC using the Emergency Release Follow up Notification form.
If you release a similar amount of hazardous substances consistently, you may fall under the continuous release reporting regulation (40 CFR §302.8). Find:
A facility must submit the Section 311 reporting form detailing the hazardous chemicals present on site in excess of the reporting threshold levels. This information can be found on the safety data sheets (SDSs) or material safety data sheets (MSDSs).
Reporters must identify the hazards associated with the product using the following categories:
- Fire hazard
- Sudden release of pressure
- Immediate or acute health hazard
- Delayed or chronic health hazard
You must update this information within 90 days when:
- There is new information on a hazardous substance that has previously been submitted.
- A new hazardous substance arrives at the facility in excess of the threshold planning quantity for the first time.
A facility must submit a tier two report if they store hazardous substances onsite that meet or exceed the reporting threshold amounts. Hazardous substances are any substances that a facility must maintain a SDS/MSDS under OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard.
You must submit a TRI report annually for each chemical listed on the TRI chemicals list
that are manufactured or used above the threshold quantities.
The TRI data is used to track accidental and routine releases of those chemicals to air, land, and water and how waste is managed or disposed.