Monday, May 28, 2018

Tier II Inventory Reports

Every March 1st, facilities are required to submit their Tier II inventory reports of hazardous materials to the local Fire Department, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPCs) and the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) as required by Section 312 of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986. These forms tell what hazardous chemicals are present and in what amounts (both at a maximum and an average).

The Fire Department should look at these reports to know about hazards at these locations in the event of a fire or spill (since some fire department have hazardous materials response teams).  Hopefully this information is reviewed by fire officials and stored in a rapidly retrievable form if needed quickly. It will also help to identify what hazardous materials the Fire Department should plan and train for.

LEPCs will be mostly interested in the facilities that have Extremely Hazardous Substances in quantities greater that the threshold planning quantities, because these are the facilities that must be included in local emergency response plans.  Some LEPCs believe that their response plan written years ago is still current, as long as names and phone numbers are updated, This is almost certainly never true, because the inventory of chemicals at the facilities have changed from year to year, Some Facilities may no longer need community plans because they have eliminated these chemicals or reduced their quantities to below the threshold planning quantity. Other facilities may have newly opened, or increased inventories of these chemicals to above the threshold planning quantity. They would need to be included in the emergency response plan.