Release Notification regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Release Notification: What you need to know

Release Notification
Governing Law and Regulations

Who gets notified:

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National Response Center (NRC): 42 USC 9603

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)/Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC): 42 USC 11001

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): 42 USC 9603

Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB): 42 USC 7412(r)(6)(C)(iii)

Clean Air Act (CAA)—Excess air emissions: 40 CFR 60 to 63 and 40 CFR 68

Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)—Accidental releases of chemicals: 40 CFR 1604

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)—Hazardous substances: 40 CFR 302

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act:

Hazardous substances and extremely hazardous substances (EHS): 40 CFR 355.40

Toxics release inventory (TRI) report: 40 CFR 372

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA):

Hazardous waste: 40 CFR 264.56 and 40 CFR 265.56

Treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) leaking tank systems: 40 CFR 264.196 and 40 CFR 265.196

Other TSDF management units: 40 CFR 264.223, 40 CFR 264.254, 40 CFR 264.304, 40 CFR 265.224, 40 CFR 265.259, and 40 CFR 265.303

TSDF equipment leaks: 40 CFR 264.1065

Underground storage tanks (USTs): 40 CFR 280.50, 40 CFR 280.53, and 40 CFR 280.61

Clean Water Act (CWA):

Control of pollution by oil and hazardous substances, discharge removal (Navigable Waters—Coast Guard/DOT): 33 CFR 153

Oil spills: 40 CFR 110.6

Hazardous substances: 40 CFR 116.4, 40 CFR 117.11, 40 CFR 117.21, and 33 CFR 153.203

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits: 40 CFR 122.41

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA):

Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) spills: 40 CFR 761.120 to 761.135

Transportation-related releases:


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Release Notification Resources

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