Governing Law and Regulations
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), 42 USC 11001 to 11050, and regulations at 40 CFR 355
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Virginia Emergency Response Council (VERC) SARA Title III Program
Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management (DEM)
Local emergency planning committees (LEPC)
Local fire departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Virginia has adopted the federal community right-to-know rules, including the definitions for threshold planning quantity, extremely hazardous substances, and material safety data sheets. The Virginia Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act Title III Program is not a federally delegated program; it is strictly a federal program.
Virginia follows the federal rules for Section 311 (chemical list) reporting, and Section 312 Tier I or Tier II (chemical inventory) reporting. A copy of the completed Tier II form with an original signature must be submitted to the VERC, the LEPC, and the local fire department by March 1 of each year. Virginia follows the federal toxic release inventory (TRI) reporting requirements. To review federal reporting requirements, see the national section COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW.
See the national sections LABELS/PLACARDS/MARKINGS and HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD for guidance on workplace labeling and communicating information about hazardous substances to employees.
Under the federal Clean Air Act, owners and operators of facilities with chemicals at certain quantities must have an approved risk management program, which includes preparing and ...