Virginia Community Right to Know regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Community Right to Know: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), 42 USC 11001 to 11050 and regulations at 40 CFR 355

Regulatory Agencies
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Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Virginia Emergency Response Council (VERC) SARA Title III Program

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)

Local fire departments

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia follows the following federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) reporting requirements, with some unique state-specific reporting procedures:

—Safety data sheet (SDS) or chemical list reporting (EPCRA Section 311);

—Tier II chemical inventory reporting (EPCRA Section 312); and

—Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting (EPCRA Section 313).

For more information on the aforementioned EPCRA reporting requirements, see the national section COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW.

Administration and enforcement. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Virginia Emergency Response Council (VERC) administer and enforce the state's community right-to-know rules. The state has delegated some administration of the program to Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and local fire departments.

State Requirements


Rather than actual SDSs, the VERC prefers the submittal of one list of all reportable chemicals, grouped by hazard category.


The VERC strongly urges all facilities to prepare their Tier II reports using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Tier2 Submit software. The report can be exported and the output file submitted to the VERC via e-mail (

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Virginia Community Right to Know Resources

Type Title
Forms Trade Secret Substantiation Form
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