EPCRA Amendments

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) establishes requirements for federal, state, and local governments, Indian tribes, and industry, regarding emergency planning and “Community Right-to-Know” reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized several changes to the EPCRA reporting requirements. These changes include clarification on how to report hazardous chemicals in mixtures, and changes to the Tier I and Tier II forms. Additionally, the rules now use a question and answer format. Facilities subject to EPCRA reporting should become familiar to the new regulation.

The focus of EPCRA is to protect public health and the environment. It affects almost all facilities that manufacture, use, or store hazardous chemicals. EPCRA has three non-emergency chemical reporting components: hazardous chemicals reporting, annual hazardous chemical inventory reporting, and annual toxic chemical release inventory reporting. Nearly every state has its own community right-to-know rules, along with separate reporting forms.

The Community Right-to-Know provisions help increase the public’s knowledge and access to information on chemicals at individual facilities, their uses, and releases into the environment. States and communities, working with facilities, can use the information to improve chemical safety and protect public health and the environment.

For more information, see this EPA web page.