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The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 establishes requirements for federal, state and local governments and industry regarding emergency planning and "Community Right-to-Know" reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals.      
 
Section 312
 
  Reporting under Section 312 of the Community Right-to-Know Act, also known as SARA Title III or EPCRA, requires owners or operators of a facility to submit an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory to the State Emergency Response Commission, the Local Emergency Planning Committees, and the local fire departments with jurisdiction over the facility.
    This inventory is submitted as a Tier Two report that must be filed by March 1st of each year. State and local agencies have the authority to modify reporting requirements as long as the minimum federal guidelines are bing addressed. It is important that the owner or operator be familiar with the "Right-to-Know" laws and that the reporting procedure he decides to use satisfies state reporting requirements.
     
 
Who reports
 
  Hazardous chemicals covered by Section 312 are those for which facilities are required to prepare or have available material safety data sheets (MSDS) under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and that were present at the facility at any time during the calendar year above specified thresholds.      
   
Thresholds
   
  Federal rules require reporting these hazardous chemicals if the inventory exceeds 10,000 pounds at any one time, and for extremely hazardous chemicals when the inventory exceeds 500 pounds or the Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ).      
 
State requirements
   
  Many state commissions have additional requirements or have incorporated the federal contents into their own forms. For example, the State of Louisiana requires reporting under lower threshold quantities. It is important that the owner or operator be familiar with the "Right-to-Know" laws and that the reporting procedure he decides to use satisfies state reporting requirements.      
 
 
 
 
 
   
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