In general, all commercial businesses that store, handle, and/or use certain quantities of hazardous materials must file an annual report. The program facilitated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been referred to by multiple names, such as Sara Title II, Right-to-Know Act, or Tier II reporting. The federal government utilizes the individual state EPA agencies to manage the program, while the state's agencies rely on the Local Emergency Planning Commissions (LEPC) of their respective counties to management it on a local level.
The intent of this program is to ensure that the community, EPA, and emergency services are aware of the dangers that a particular business may possess. The Hebron Fire Department relies heavily on this program to help obtain data on the hazardous materials within our response district and to ensure that these chemicals are being stored and/or used safely. The problem that we commonly see is that businesses are either unaware that they are required to file, do not complete their report properly, or provide incorrect information in their reports. Outlined below is a brief overview of the program aimed at answering some of the most common questions. To learn more about the specific requirements on reporting, click the link below to download the EPA's Tier II Reporting Guide.
Who, What, When
Are there any exceptions?
Does the HFD require anything specific?
What if I don't report?
Who must file a Tier II Report?
Contained within the EPA's Tier II Reporting Guide are two lists of chemicals. One list is short and contains chemicals that are considered to be highly dangerous. If a business, including agricultural, has any one of these chemicals listed on the property, you are required to report it, no matter the quantity.
The other list is much larger and contains chemicals, along with their reporting thresholds. If the total amount of that particular chemical is located on the property, you must report it.
who receives these reports?
When a company files their annual Tier II report, they must submit them to all 3 of the following agencies and in the following format/s:
When do I have to file?
If you meet the criteria necessary to file a Tier II report, you must submit this report annually no later than March 1st.
The guide says that I can either submit a list of chemicals on their form or provide an MSDS for each. Which one should I choose?
The Hebron Fire Department strongly encourages that a company provide the MSDS for each chemical when they first submit a report for the chemical AND when the MSDS is updated. Otherwise, listing the chemical on the form is acceptable.
Why does the hebron fire department need my report and MSDS?
There are multiple reasons why the HFD needs this information.
- When responding to a potential fire at your business, because it allows them to make better decisions on how to attack a fire and how to keep our firefighters safe.
- In the event of a hazardous materials spill, having the information readily available will allow hazmat