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Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act (SARA TITLE III)OREmergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)

Presented by Ian Ewusi

IERC Field Representative


EPCRA RegulationsAMENDMENTS to 40 CFR Parts 355 and 370(Proposed 6/8/98, finalized on 10/17/08 and published 11/3/08
  • Emergency Planning—Sections 302 & 303 [40 CFR Part 355.30] Amended
  • Emergency Notification—Section 304 & Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, Liability Act CERCLA 103 [40 CFR Parts 302 & 355.40] Amended
  • Hazardous Chemical Reporting—Sections 311 & 312 [40 CFR Part 370] Amended
  • Toxic Chemical Reporting—Section 313 [40 CFR Part 372]
tpq t hreshold p lanning q uantity
TPQ(Threshold Planning Quantity)
  • ONLY EHSs have published TPQs (lbs)
  • Solids are subject to either of 2 TPQs (e.g., 500/10,000 lbs)
    • 500 lbs ==> Powder form (100µ) or

==> Molten form or

==> Reactivity under the National Fire Protection Association rating of 2, 3, or 4

    • 10,000 lbs otherwise (level of lowest concern)
minimum threshold level
Minimum Threshold Level

The storage quantity which subjects a facility to the reporting requirements of EPCRA Sections 311 and 312

For hazardous substances/chemicals (HS)  10,000 lbs

For Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHSs)  TPQ or 500 lbs (whichever is less)

epcra reporting requirements
EPCRA Reporting Requirements
  • Sections 302 & 303 (Emergency Planning)
    • Presence of one or more EHSs over TPQ
    • Report within 60 30 days of acquisition of EHS
    • Report to IERC and respective LEPC—No EXEMPTIONS
  • Section 304 (Emergency Notifications)
    • Accidental chemical release above reportable quantity (RQ) that will migrate off site
    • Immediate verbal notification to state and LEPC if EHS and to National Response Center if HS
    • Written notification to IERC and LEPC
epcra reporting requirements1
EPCRA Reporting Requirements

Hazardous Chemical Reporting

Presence of one or more EHSs ≥ TPQ or 500 lbs (whichever is less)

Presence of one or more HSs ≥ 10,000 lbs

Report to IERC, LEPC and Fire Departments

  • Section 311
    • List of MSDS chemicals
    • One-time submission (information remains unchanged)
    • Within 90 days of receipt of new information on chemical(s)
  • Section 312 (Tier IIs)
    • Annual submission (due by March 1)
exemptions hazardous chemical reporting sections 311 312
ExemptionsHazardous Chemical ReportingSections 311 & 312
  • Solids—To the extent exposure does not occur under normal conditions of use (except when solid is modified and exposure can occur)
  • Facilities—Mining
  • Transportation—Substances in or being stored incident to transport
  • Substances—FDA-controlled; for personal/household purposes, research labs/hospitals, and routine agricultural operations
toxic chemical reporting section 313
Toxic Chemical ReportingSection 313

Reporting Criteria

Manufacture, process, or otherwise use “toxic chemical” in quantities above threshold

Report Type

Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (TRI) report

(i.e., Form R Report)

Timeline—Annual submission (due by July 1)


EPA—CEPPO 800-535-0202

State—IDEM 800-451-6027


epcra amendment summary
EPCRA Amendment Summary
  • Submit report/notices according to timeline
  • Include North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code on Tier II form
  • Provide the chemical or common name of the chemical (as listed on the MSDS) on the Tier II form
  • Include the total quantity of EHS present in pure or mixture form, even if any mixture and/or EHS is reported as a hazardous chemical

EPCRA Amendment SummaryContinued

  • Use options 1 or 2 to determine whether the threshold quantity is present for hazardous chemical mixtures that do notcontain any EHSs
    • Add together the quantities present in pure form and as components in all mixtures
    • Consider the total quantity of each mixture separately
  • Submit reports in format requested by state
  • Submit reports in format requested by LEPCs
epcra amendment summary continued
EPCRA Amendment SummaryContinued
  • Submit any changes of facility information relevant to emergency planning within 30 days, such as
    • Facility is no longer using EHS in its operation
    • Presence of new EHSs
    • Changes in chemical locations on site
    • Elimination of EHSs on site
  • Provide any information necessary for developing or implementing the local emergency plan if the LEPC requests it.
epcra reporting options sections 302 311 312
EPCRA Reporting OptionsSections 302, 311 & 312


• FreeOnline Reporting—ONLY method after 2010

myIDEM (general info) (reporting)


• Tier2 SubmitFree software

•Paper reporting by mail (

Fire Departments:

• Paper reporting by mail(

advantages of the state s online method
Advantages of the State’s Online Method
  • Previous year’s facility inventories are already in the state’s system
  • Reduce or eliminate the “facility burden” associated with multiple EPCRA reporting
  • Eliminate the bulky paper copies generated
  • Streamline the reporting process
  • Reduce the manpower required by facilities and the state to manage the submitted EPCRA records
  • Provide electronic records for all reporting facilities that allow access for edits and updates at any time
  • Allow facility chemical inventory information to be passed directly to LEPCs and fire departments
epcra contact information
EPCRA Contact Information:
  • Barbara Humphrey

Program coordination and reporting information (317) 233-0066

  • Nick Staller

IESA registration & website information (317) 234-3478

  • Ian Ewusi

Statute & technical information (317) 695-2119


Thank You

Ian Ewusi

IERC Field Representative