Community Right to Know

Right-to-Know Compliance—What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!

EPCRA, or the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, is an important law that dramatically affects almost all facilities that manufacture, use, or store large quantities of hazardous chemicals. EPCRA is also known as the community right-to-know law and as Title III of the Superfund law. EPCRA requires organizations to adopt emergency planning procedures and requires employers to report the presence of hazardous chemicals in the workplace to certain state and local authorities.

The community right-to-know regulations have the following three nonemergency chemical reporting components:

  • Chemical Reporting. EPCRA requires reporting hazardous chemicals present at a facility that meet or exceed threshold levels by either submitting a material safety data sheet (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical or submitting a list of chemicals to state and local officials and the fire department within 3 months after becoming subject to the reporting requirements.
  • Chemical Inventory. Any facility that submits MSDSs or chemical lists must annually submit a chemical inventory Tier I or Tier II form to state and local officials and the local fire department. Reports are due March 1 for the previous year.
  • Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). Facilities that release toxic chemicals must annually disclose their releases above threshold quantities to EPA and to state officials. TRI reports are submitted on EPA’s Form R and are due July 1 for the previous year. Facilities may use the abbreviated Form A certification if the total chemical waste does not exceed 500 pounds, and the chemical was manufactured, processed, or otherwise used in an amount not exceeding 1 million pounds during the previous year.
Why Is Right-to-Know Compliance Important?

Failure to report regulated chemicals kept on-site can and will hurt you. Under EPCRA, penalties for noncompliance can range from $16,000 to $107,500 per violation per day.

EPCRA provides local governments and emergency responders access to information concerning chemicals in the community, which enables planning for emergencies and increased community safety.

Nearly every state has its own community right-to-know rules, along with separate reporting forms. Many of the state rules are stricter than corresponding federal rules.

Right-to-know Compliance Examples and Other Tools to Help YOU!® provides comprehensive state and federal right-to-know compliance analysis. Some of the most used right-to-know compliance tools available from BLR® include:

  • Right-to-know regulatory analysis
  • Guidance documents
  • Employee training materials
  • Right-to-know reporting and recordkeeping forms
  • Right-to-know compliance checklists

If you need a right-to-know compliance solution, BLR has it!

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