The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule requiring companies that store and use hazardous chemicals to submit more detailed storage information to local emergency planning agencies. 77 Fed. Reg. 41300 (7/13/12). Under the new rule, which takes effect January 1, 2014, and revises 40 C.F.R. Part 370, companies must provide additional information as requested on the Tier I and Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemicals Inventory Forms under section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
In particular, the new regulation asks facilities to report latitude and longitude of storage sites; how many employees may be on site; contact information for the facility emergency coordinator; and email addresses of the owner or operator and the emergency contacts. The Tier II form will also require identification numbers assigned under the Toxic Release Inventory and risk management program while adding separate data fields to report pure chemicals as well as mixtures.