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Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), which is known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), encourages and supports emergency planning for chemical accidents and provides local governments and the public with information on chemical hazards in their communities. EPCRA's four components are Community Right-to-Know reporting, Emergency Planning and Notification, Emergency Release Notification, and Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (TRI) reporting.
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Questions & Answers A chemical is made in batches 3 times a year. The reaction intermediate (an MSDS is required) is present over 10,000 pounds on those days that batches are run, but it not on site for 24 hours. Must the intermediate be reported on the Tier II? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers A facility spills greater than the RQ of an EHS on a concrete floor inside a building. Before it can be cleaned up, less than the RQ of the EHS enters the outside atmosphere via the window. Is there a reporting requirement under Section 304? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers Are car batteries exempt from Tier II reporting? Are batteries used in semi trucks used for the purpose of transporting goods exempt? If not, what regulations apply? 12/01/2014National
Questions & Answers Are research laboratories and medical facilities exempt from reporting under EPCRA Sections 311 and 312? 07/20/2004National
Questions & Answers Can the "de minimis" concept used in determining the threshold planning quantities in mixtures be applied in the determination of the reportable quantity for emergency release notification? 12/07/1999National
Guidance Documents Chemical Inventories & TPQs: The first step in EPCRA compliance  National
Questions & Answers Do facilities have to comply with the federal UST requirements or with state UST requirements to be eligible to use the new gasoline and diesel fuel thresholds? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers Do you apply the whole weight of an acid mixture toward the threshold reporting under EPCRA Sections 311 and 312 or just the percentage of acid stated on the material safety data sheet (MSDS)? 02/18/2009National
Questions & Answers EPCRA Question and Answer Letters (1987-1991) 12/15/1999National
Questions & Answers EPCRA Question and Answer Listing (1987 to 1999) 12/15/1999National
Checklists EPRCA Compliance Checklist: Getting Started  National
Questions & Answers Every day a facility operator collects more than the RQ of a CERCLA hazardous substance in an open dumpster which is entirely enclosed in the facility. Is this a release of a CERCLA hazardous substance? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers For sulfuric acid in batteries as reported in aggregate under SARA 312 Tier II, are car batteries included or exempt? 02/21/2014National
Questions & Answers Frequently Asked Questions about the February 11, 1999 Amendments to EPCRA regarding gasoline and diesel fuel thresholds 10/27/1999National
Questions & Answers How are "continuous" and "federally permitted" releases interpreted? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers How are transportation-related releases covered under Section 304? What is the responsibility of transportation owners or operators in the event of a spill or release of extremely hazardous substances or CERCLA hazardous substances? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers How is an off-site release determined to be subject to Section 304 notification requirements? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers Hydrogen chloride gas is introduced into water to form hydrochloric acid. The amount present after the saturation point (35%) is reached will remain in the gaseous state. Can the RQ assigned to hydrochloric acid be used for hydrogen chloride gas? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers I am looking for guidance as to what EPA considers "Regulated by the FDA" with regard to the exemption for notification and annual reporting under 40 CFR 370.13 (a). 11/16/2010National
Questions & Answers I need to know how to identify EHSs and hazardous substances on EPA's List of Lists and SDSs. 02/04/2015National
Questions & Answers If a contractor brings an EHS on site to a facility over the threshold planning quantity, who is responsible to make the notification to the LEPC? 12/07/1999National
Notices Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval - Trade Secret Claims for EPCRA 10/10/2012National
Questions & Answers Is a hazardous chemical considered "produced" if it is generated solely as a by-product that is immediately released to the air? Is the facility subject to release reporting if this by-product is the only hazardous chemical present on-site? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers Must any amount of a listed chemical contained within abandoned or discarded barrels, containers, or other receptacles be considered to determine if a specific reportable quantity has been exceeded under section 304 notification requirements? 12/07/1999National
Regulatory Analysis SARA Title III  National
Notices Update to An Inventory of Sources and Environmental Releases of Dioxin-Like Compounds in the U.S. for 1987, 1995, and 2000 08/07/2013National
Questions & Answers Various FIFRA registered pesticides listed in 40 CFR Part 261 Subpart D have been applied to the ground in quantities greater than the RQ for those substances. Is notification under section 103(e) of SARA required for this activity? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers What are the regulations surrounding Hydrogen Peroxide, 50% solution? Is it considered an EHS? What are the reporting requirements under EPCRA? 11/20/2013National
Questions & Answers What are the Tier II reporting TPQs for HCl and H2SO4? 02/22/2011National
Questions & Answers What is the regulatory citation for EPCRA Section 301? 05/05/2015National
Questions & Answers What is the relationship between RQs and TPQs? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers What is the reportable quantity for an F005 hazardous waste in which the exact composition of the waste is known? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers What is the significance of multiplying the amount of substance in molten form by 0.3 and how was this fraction chosen? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers What must a owner/operator do if the transportation related emergency release notification to the telephone operator has a different procedure for handling emergency calls, such as connecting the caller directly to the police or fire department? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers When is a release, such as evaporation of a reportable quantity into the air from a lined ditch open to the outside air, reportable? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers Who is responsible for notification under Section 302 if a threshold planning quantity of an extremely hazardous substance is present at a public warehouse used for storage by several unrelated companies? 12/07/1999National