EPCRA has four key reporting elements:
Frequently asked questions about each of these elements are provided below.
The reportable threshold for sulfuric acid under this requirement is 1,000 pounds at any one time.
Note the threshold for Section 312 is only 500 pounds.
Section 311 requires a MSDS/SDS list within 90 days when:
If you have chemicals on site above 10,000 pounds at any one time, you need to report them. For Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHSs), the reportable amount can be as low as 100 pounds. Check the List of Lists to find the reporting threshold for the EHSs.
Note: Some facilities voluntarily report chemicals that are below thresholds and we record that information.
See our publication Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know - SARA Title III: A Guide for Businesses.
The information required on the Tier Two includes:
Reports for the previous calendar year are due annually by March 1.
Section 312 requires facilities submit an Emergency & Hazardous Chemical Inventory (Tier Two) report to the:
No, however penalties may apply for not reporting.
Yes. The law assesses steep penalties for willful non-compliance of EPCRA regulations. EPCRA enforcement actions are conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or by legal firms who act on behalf of citizens.
Hazardous chemicals are any substances for which a facility must maintain a MSDS/SDS under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standards. Over 500,000 products have MSDSs, which are normally obtained from the chemical manufacturer.
The Tier Two data summary provides current data such as the most common chemicals reported.
The reportable threshold for sulfuric acid is 500 pounds at any one time.
The exemption form is used when:
TRI reports are filed electronically through EPA’s Web-based application TRI-MEweb.
More information about submitting TRI reports to the State and Tribes.
Community Right-to-Know Specialist