Tier Two - Emergency and Hazardous
Chemical Inventory Summary
In accordance with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
(EPCRA) businesses that store substances that require material safety
data sheets are required to report those substances to emergency planners and responders. EPCRA is intended protect communities in the United States from chemical catastrophes, such as those which occurred in Bhopal, India and Institute, West Virginia in the mid-eighties. EPCRA is also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA Title III).
Facilities that are required to maintain a material safety data sheet (MSDS) for any hazardous chemical stored or used in the workplace are potentially covered under Community Right-to-Know laws. Under
EPCRA Section 312, facilities are required to report inventories
of substances or products that meet or exceed reporting thresholds. These reports are submitted to the
State Emergency Response Commission
(SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committees, and local fire departments. They
must submit a Tier Two - Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory report by March 1st of each year for the inventory of
hazardous substances or chemicals stored on site during the previous calendar year.
The information required on the Tier Two – Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory report includes:
- Facility identification
- Chemical or product name
- Physical and health hazards
- Actual, maximum, and average inventory amounts
- Description of storage conditions
- Location of chemicals on site
Tier Two data is critical to the SERC and local agencies. The data is used to prepare for emergencies, disaster and
counter-terrorism planning, and emergency responses to incidents at or near reporting facilities. It is also made available to
the public. This data also helps the state better understand how and where the chemicals are used. See links below for a summary of the most current available data.
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