Attention Maryland Tier II Facilities
*IMPORTANT FOR 2017 TIER TWO REPORTS*
EVERY CHEMICAL ENTRY MUST BE EDITED FOR THE 2017 REPORTS
*All Tier Two Reports must be submitted online.*
Owners and operators of Tier Two facilities in Maryland must use the Maryland Online Tier Two Reporting System (MOTTRS). Use of any other reporting format will not fulfill the reporting obligation to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).
Submission of a certified Tier Two Report to MDE using MOTTRS fulfills the reporting obligation to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). There is no need to mail a signed paper copy of the completed report to MDE. The online submission also fulfills the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) reporting obligation if the facility is located in one of the following jurisdictions:
Note: A signed paper Tier Two Report must be submitted to the LEPC for any jurisdiction not listed above. Please contact your LEPC for instructions regarding Tier Two submissions to the local fire department.
For more information click here.
If you have any questions, contact Patricia Williams by phone at 410-537-3800 or by email at Patricia.Williams1@maryland.gov.
EPCRA was designed to provide all levels of government and the public with information required to plan for a chemical incident. The law was meant as a starting point for an on going dialogue between community representatives, emergency response personnel, and industry. EPCRA requires each state to establish a state emergency response commission (SERC), to designate local emergency planning districts, and to appoint a local emergency planning committee (LEPC) for each district. Industries are required to provide the government with information about their activities with hazardous and toxic chemicals. The SERC and the LEPCs use the information in their emergency planning activities and make it available to the public. In Maryland, MDE serves as the repository for all notifications, reports, and inventories that must be submitted to the SERC. The Maryland SERC designated the 23 counties, Baltimore City and Ocean City as planning districts. An LEPC has been established for each district. Click here for a list of LEPC and SERC Chairpersons, their addresses and phone numbers.
The owner or operator of any facility with a quantity of a listed Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS) that meets or exceeds the threshold planning quantity (TPQ) for that substance must notify the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and the appropriate Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). The purpose of this notification is to alert the local response organization that the facility has an EHS present and must be included in the emergency response plans for the jurisdiction covered by the LEPC. The notification includes the designation of a Facility Emergency Coordinator. The individual so named is that person who will work with the LEPC to develop appropriate response plans for that facility. The initial emergency planning notification must be made within sixty (60) days of date on which an EHS was first present in a quantity at or above the TPQ for that EHS. If there is a change in reporting status (i.e. facility closing or name change, new facility coordinator, change in contact numbers, removal of EHS from facility, addition of new EHS to the facility) the facility has thirty (30) days to notify the LEPC and the SERC of this change. Common EHS and their TPQs:
Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ)
A TPQ is met when the quantity of the EHS present at the facility meets or exceeds the quantity established for that substance in a 24-hour period. A complete EHS list along with the TPQs can be found in the Title III Consolidated List of Lists (leaving MDE). In Maryland, all Emergency Planning Notifications for the SERC should be sent to Maryland Department of the Environment. The LEPC emergency planning notification should be sent to the appropriate LEPC. The 23 counties, Baltimore City, and Ocean City are the planning districts in Maryland. There is an LEPC for each district. Click here for the list of Maryland LEPCs. For facilities subject to the Section 311 and 312 reporting requirements (see below), the Emergency Planning Notification can be made using the Maryland Online Tier Two Reporting System (MOTTRS).
The owner or operator of any facility that releases more than established reportable quantity (RQ) of an EPCRA Section 302 EHS or a CERCLA hazardous substance must immediately notify the LEPC, the SERC, and the National Response Center (NRC). A written follow-up notification must be sent as soon after the release as practical.
In Maryland, to notify the:
Some common EHSs and their RQs:
Reportable Quantity (RQ)
Reporting Hazardous Substance Releases to Air from Animal Waste at Farms
In 2008 EPA exempted most farms from requirements to report releases of hazardous substances from animal waste to the federal government under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The same rule required large CAFOs to report releases of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide to state and local government under EPCRA. Soon after the final rule was issued a lawsuit challenging the rule was filed. On April 11, 2017, the rule was struck down and the reporting exemption for farms was eliminated.
In October, 2017 the EPA issued guidance to farmers who will need to report their releases of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide from animal waste to the federal government under CERCLA section 103. EPA recommended that farmers use the streamlined process for continuous release reporting to make the required notifications. The initial notification is made to the National Response Center by email to NRC-CERCLA-EPCRA-REPORT@uscg.mil. Click here (leave MDE) for more information about reporting of air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms.
The October 2017 guidance also addressed the reporting of air releases of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide from animal waste at farms to State and local government under EPCRA section 304. EPA has determined that the statute excludes farms that use substances in routine agricultural operations from reporting under EPCRA section 304. Under this interpretation of the law, there is no need for farms to report air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste to State and local government at this time. A lawsuit has been filed challenging this interpretation of the EPCRA statute. Click here (leave MDE) for more information about EPCRA reporting requirements for air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms.
EPA sought, and was granted, an extension to prepare guidance for the affected farms. The current deadline is January 22, 2018. The court is expected to issue a mandate to put these reporting requirements into effect at that time. There is no need for affected farmers to comply with these reporting requirements until the mandate is issued. As the regulatory framework now stands, starting on or about January 22, 2018 farmers will need to send the initial continuous release notification to the National Response Center.
While the current air emissions reporting requirements eliminates State participation in this aspect of animal feeding operations, MDE's Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) Program regulates these facilities. Click here for information about MDE's AFO regulations and General Discharge Permit.
The hazardous chemical storage reporting requirements of EPCRA apply to the owner or operator of any facility required by the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard to maintain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for hazardous chemicals present in the workplace. When the quantity onsite meets or exceeds established thresholds, the owner or operator must provide an MSDS or list of MSDSs (Section 311) and an annual inventory report (Section 312) for each such chemical. For any hazardous substance, the reporting threshold is 10,000 pounds. For an EPCRA Section 302 EHS the reporting threshold is 500 pounds or the EPA established TPQ for that chemical, whichever is lower.
The Section 311 chemical list must be submitted within 60 days of the first date that the threshold for the hazardous chemical or EHS is exceeded. It is a one-time submission unless there is a change at the facility. The Section 312 inventory is due March 1st each year and covers the materials at the facility during the preceding calendar year. It is an annual submission.
The owner or operator of a facility covered by Sections 311 and 312 must submit the original documents to three separate agencies: the SERC, the LEPC, and the local fire department.
Maryland requires the electronic submission of all Tier Two Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reports. Submission must be made using the Maryland Online Tier Two Reporting System (MOTTRS). Use of other electronic reporting systems, including Tier2 Submit, will not fulfill the reporting requirement. Click here for more information about MOTTRS.
If a facility is located in one of the counties listed above, online submission of a Tier Two via MOTTRS will fulfill the reporting obligation to the LEPC. However the LEPC should be contacted regarding submission to the local fire department. Facilities located in all other jurisdictions must submit an original signed Tier Two Report to both the appropriate LEPC and local fire department.
The owners or operators of certain industrial facilities are required to report annually on releases, transfers, and onsite treatment of certain toxic chemicals. These reports -- either Form R or Form A -- are submitted to EPA and the State. Reporting forms are due each July 1st and cover the activities at the facility during the preceding calendar year.
A facility must meet three criteria to be covered by the toxics release inventory (TRI) reporting requirements. The criteria are:
If the facility does not meet all three criteria, then no report is required. Click here for information about TRI reporting requirements (leaving MDE).
Most TRI facilities are in the manufacturing sector, however there are several non-manufacturing sectors covered by this reporting program. The covered industries are:
The TRI chemical list consists of individually listed chemicals and chemical categories. Currently there are 593 individually listed chemicals on the TRI chemical list. There are 30 chemical categories (including the categories containing 62 specifically listed chemicals). Click here for information about the TRI chemical list (leaving MDE).
If a facility meets or exceeds a use based threshold for one of the listed toxic chemicals during a calendar year a Toxic Release Inventory report must be submitted to the EPA and MDE. There are three primary use based thresholds for most listed chemicals:
There is a subset of listed chemicals known as persistent bioaccumulative toxic substances (PBT). These chemicals have substantially lower reporting thresholds -- 10 - pounds, 100 pounds, and for Dioxin and Dioxin-like compounds 0.1 grams. Click here to see a list of PBT chemicals and their associated thresholds (leaving MDE).
Covered facilities must submit their completed reports to the EPA and MDE by July 1st each year. To access the TRI Reporting Forms and Instructions click here. TRI submissions to the EPA must be made online using the TRI-MEweb software. MDE participates in the EPA's TRI Data Exchange (TDX) which allows the simultaneous submission of TRI reports to EPA and MDE. Once the TRI-MEweb submission is made there is no need to send paper or electronic reports to MDE.
The notifications, reports, and inventories submitted to various public agencies are public records but can be subject to some restrictions.
Section 302 - Emergency Planning Notifications - Notifications are sent to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Information requests can be made to the SERC or the LEPC. This notification does not require the identification of the extremely hazardous substance (EHS) present at the facility in excess of the threshold planning quantity (TPQ).
Section 304 - Emergency Release Notifications - Notifications are made by the facility to the LEPC, the SERC and the National Response Center (NRC). Requests for initial telephone notification and the written follow-up report can be made to the SERC or the LEPC.
Section 311 and 312 - Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) List and Chemical Inventory Reports - The MSDS lists and the chemical inventory reports are submitted to the SERC, the LEPC, and the local fire department. The law requires that requests for EPCRA information be in writing and in reference to a specific facility.
These reports cannot be searched by map coordinates, watersheds, or tax map notations at this time. In certain cases EPCRA files can be searched by zip code. However, this type of search requires generation of a computer report. This is a special service and is not covered under EPCRA or the Public Information Act (PIA).
MDE does not allow photocopying or electronic access to this information. Individuals can review these documents by making an appointment in advance with the Community Right-to-Know Section at MDE headquarters in Baltimore. If you need help preparing your written request, please contact the Community Right-To-Know Section at 410-537-3800.
For the citizens outside the Baltimore Metropolitan area it might be more convenient to request Section 311 and 312 information from the LEPC. Click here for a list of Maryland LEPCs.
Section 313 - Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting - The TRI reports are submitted to EPA and MDE. Individuals can request access to any TRI report submitted to MDE. The reports can be reviewed by appointment or photocopies will be provided upon request. Please note: any photocopies will be subject to a per page photocopy charge. The EPA's TRI program has a number of tools that can be used to access and analyze TRI data online. These tools make access and interpretation of the TRI data easy. For information about the TRI data tools available from EPA click here (leaving MDE).
Requests for EPCRA information should be sent to:
Patricia S. WilliamsMaryland Department of the Environment1800 Washington Blvd.Baltimore MD 21230Phone: (410) 537-3800Fax: (410) 537-3873E-mail address: Patricia.Williams1@maryland.gov
Information covered under EPCRA is only the information in existence at the time of the request. Requests to write, generate, or create reports and lists are not covered under EPCRA or PIA. Such requests are considered a special service request. Complying with requests for special services is at the discretion of the Department. Neither the PIA nor its fee structure cover these services. The Department will typically provide services only after agreement has been obtained in writing from the requester to pay for the special service.
EPCRA is covered by the same fee structure as the PIA. For information on PIA click here.
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