February 2015 in New England is certainly giving people something to talk about! If you are subject to Tier II reporting, hopefully being snowed in is giving you sufficient time to meet the March 1st reporting deadline.
Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) stipulates reporting requirements for facilities that possess listed chemicals above established reporting thresholds. For those facilities subject to reporting, submission of a Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and local Fire Department is required by March 1st of every year. Facilities storing a hazardous chemical that is an Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS) in an amount equal to or greater than 500 pounds or above the Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ), whichever is lower, are required to submit Tier II reports. In addition, submission is required for any facility possessing a hazardous chemical that requires a SDS and is not an EHS in quantities greater than 10,000 pounds at any time during the previous calendar year. Be sure to double-check the regulations for any exemptions that may be applicable to your facility.
Any chemicals present at quantities equal to or above the established reporting thresholds must be included in the report. This information is used by local Fire Departments and emergency response personnel to prepare for emergency response situations in their local communities.