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What is Tier II or Tier 2 Reporting?
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Section 312(a) requires the owner or operator of facilities subject to 311(e) of EPCRA to submit a tier ii report, more officially known as, emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form annually by March 1st of each year to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the local fire department.
SARA Title III/EPCRA was implemented to create a cooperative relationship among government, business, and the public, involving them in the effort to prevent, plan, prepare for, and manage a emergency response.
The Tier ii forms captures information about the types, quantities and locations of hazardous chemicals at a given facility. The form also lists contact information for the facility’s designated emergency point-of-contact.
The Tier ii forms must be submitted annually on March 1st and sent to:
- Your State Emergency Response Commission.
- Your Local Emergency Planning Committee.
- The fire department with jurisdiction over your facility.
Tier ii report help firefighters and hazmat technicians respond to your facility with the correct personal protective gear and spill response equipment. Tier ii data is used in mapping the locations of facilities storing hazardous materials and their distance to sensitive populations (schools, nursing homes, etc.). This information can also be used to protect the environment and citizens through spill prevention, mitigation, and response to extremely hazardous substances incidents.
WHO MUST SUBMIT A TIER II HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL REPORT?
Facilities that are required to maintain SDSs under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations for hazardous chemicals stored or used in the workplace must submit a Tier II report.
Other facilities with chemicals in quantities equal or exceed the following thresholds must report:
- An extremely hazardous substance (EHS) is present at any one time in an amount equal to or greater than 500 pounds (approximately 55 gallons) or the threshold planning quantity (TPQ), whichever is lower.
- A hazardous chemical that is not an EHS is present at any one time in an amount equal to or greater than the threshold level for that chemical. Threshold levels are 10,000 pounds unless the chemical is gasoline or diesel fuel at a retail gas station (higher threshold quantities apply to retail gas stations).
There is no threshold quantity if state responders, local emergency officials, or the local fire department asks you for information on any or all of your chemicals.
RSB has helped file hundreds of Tier ii reports to all type of industries. If you have any question or concerns about your Tier ii form, emergency planning, chemical inventory or any specific information do not hesitate to contact us at 1-833-910-2535, or by email to email@example.com.
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WHAT ARE THE TIER ii REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
Minimum Tier ii reporting thresholds have been established for Tier ii reporting under SARA Title III, Section 312. These thresholds are as follows:
Frequently Asked Questions
Section 312 establishes two “tiers” for reporting hazardous chemical information at a site. Tier I offers generic information about hazardous compounds found at a facility, whereas Tier II contains detailed information about hazardous chemicals found there.
The annual Tier II report is due March 1st each year, which is the deadline set federally in the United States.
There are a variety of penalties for filing your Tier II paperwork incorrectly or late. The severity of the penalty is determined by the nature, scope, gravity, and circumstances of the violation. The penalties for failing to file your Tier II on time and with all of the required information can be as high as US$50,000, you must ensure that you file your Tier II on time and with all of the required information.