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TIER II REPORTING

 

The State of Tennessee requires all facilities that store or use hazardous materials, operating in Tennessee, to electronically file Tier II reports through E-Plan. E-Plan submission complies with Federal, State, and Hamilton County LEPC hazardous materials inventory reporting requirements.

 

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In cooperation with state requirements, the Hamilton County LEPC and Chattanooga Fire Department DOES NOT require submission of hard copy Tier II reports. The Hamilton County LEPC and Chattanooga Fire Department access Tier II reports through E-Plan. If your facility falls within a fire district outside Chattanooga Fire Department check with that fire department for their Tier II report requirements. their Tier II report requirements.

 

E-Plan charges $25.00 per facility to submit a Tier II report. Tennessee nor Hamilton County LEPC have additional charges to file Tier II reports via E-Plan.

 

Tier II reports are due by March 1st of each year.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

WHAT IS TIER II REPORTING AND WHO MUST SUBMIT THESE REPORTS?

 

In 1986, President Reagan signed into law the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA) as a revision to federal legislation dealing with hazardous substances and toxic wastes. SARA Title III, known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), required the development of a State Emergency Response Committee (SERC) as well as Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) to manage hazardous materials preparedness at the State and county level. In addition to State and local planning requirements, EPCRA Section 312 requires facilities that use or store hazardous materials above a threshold quantity to annually submit their hazardous materials inventory information to off-site officials on or before March 1st of each year. The inventory information must be available to the fire department having jurisdiction over the facility, the respective county LEPC, and the SERC.

 

The primary means of hazardous materials inventory notification and submission is via a federally developed form, known as a Tier II Chemical Inventory form. Tier II forms require basic facility identification information, employee contact information for both emergencies and non-emergencies, and information about the hazardous materials stored or used at the facility.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION?

 

The State of Tennessee conducted an in-depth review of Tier II report submission processes and methods. The State determined a standardized, internet-based statewide system benefits users and filers of Tier II-related information. The electronic submission of Tier II data improves compliance and reduces cost to the regulated community. Electronic processing has the added benefit of providing an effective data management tool for the regulated facilities, Emergency Management officials, and the first-responder community as they plan for and respond to incidents involving hazardous materials. Facilities can update their information, such as hazardous materials lists, material safety data sheets (MSDS) and contact information, on-line as circumstances within the facility change without waiting until the next required report. The ability to update reports makes future reporting easier and ensures the response community has accurate information if an incident occurs.

 

WHY E-PLAN?

 

E-Plan is maintained by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). E-Plan charges a nominal fee to reporting facilities and provides free access to state and local planning committees, and fire service officials who have authorized access to review the information for response, planning and compliance purposes. The information submitted by facilities is stored on a secure server managed by the UTD and is only accessible with permissions granted by appropriate authorities. More than 37,000 hazardous materials sites across all fifty states and territories currently use this web-based application.

 

WHO WILL HAVE ACCESS TO TIER II REPORTS FILED ON E-PLAN?

 

The information that each reporting entity provides will be accessible to the same audience that is currently allowed under EPCRA. Facilities are only allowed to submit and retrieve information as it pertains to their facility. Persons requesting access to review the information submitted by industry will do so on the E-Plan web site. However, upon receipt of a request to access the system, UTD staff will contact an “authorizing authority” in the jurisdiction where the request originates to verify the appropriateness of the request to view industry submissions. This authorizing authority will either allow or deny access to individuals based on a need-to-know basis. Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency is the approval authority for Hamilton County.

 

HOW DO I USE E-PLAN? IS THERE TRAINING AVAILABLE?

 

E-Plan training is available at http://eplannews.utdallas.edu/Training.htm

 

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