Feb 21, 2013

SARA Title III reporting deadline is March 1

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in conjunction with the Darke County EMA reminds Darke County companies/facilities that the SARA Title III (Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act) chemical inventory reporting deadline is fast, approaching. The annual reports are due to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) c/o Ohio EPA, the Darke County LEPC, and your jurisdictional fire department by March 1. A filing fee is associated with the annual chemical inventory reporting and is to be submitted to the SERC only. Approximately eighty percent (80%) of the total fees generated under this program are redistributed back to the local LEPC for administrative costs and training of first responders. These reports are required by Ohio Revised Code 3750 and financial penalties can be imposed, up to $10,000 per day, if you are required to file and do not.

Who should file? The owner or operator of a company/ facility must submit a report when all the following conditions are met:

* Facility is subject to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard; and

* Facility uses, produces, and/or stores a Hazardous Chemical and/or has an “Extremely Hazardous Substances” above the listed Threshold Quantity (TQ);

* For Hazardous Chemicals the TQ is 10,000 pounds or more on any given day. Examples include, but are not limited to, gasoline, diesel fuel, Kerosene, Propane, Toluene, etc.

* For Extremely Hazardous Substances the TQ is chemical specific. There are currently about 360 EHSs defined under EPCRA section 302, and the TQs and varies from 1 to 500 pounds. Examples include, but are not limited to, chlorine, ammonia, hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, and sulfuric acid.

It is the responsibility of each business to know if they meet the above criteria for reporting. Please remember this information is vital in the emergency planning and response for Darke County and all of its residents.

More information is available by contacting Darke County LEPC at 548-1444.

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