EPCRA Physical Health Hazards Update

Sections 311 and 312 of EPCRA (also known as the community right-to-know reporting) contain provisions for hazardous chemical inventory reporting. Facilities that handle hazardous chemicals defined under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and its implementing regulations must provide information on the quantity, locations, and the potential hazards of these chemicals.

2017 LEPC Update - SDS

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires companies which manufacture or distribute hazardous chemicals to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to their customers.

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The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 was created to help communities plan for chemical emergencies. It also requires industry to report on the storage, use and releases of hazardous substances to federal, state, and local governments. EPCRA requires state and local governments, and Indian tribes to use this information to prepare their community from potential risks.

The National Response Center (NRC) is the federal government's national communications center, which is staffed 24 hours a day by U.S. Coast Guard officers and marine science technicians. The NRC is the sole federal point of contact for reporting all hazardous substances releases and oil spills. The NRC receives all reports of releases involving hazardous substances and oil that trigger federal notification requirements under several laws.

The National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) Public Map Viewer enables the user to view NPMS data one county at a time. NPMS data consists of gas transmission pipelines and hazardous liquid trunklines. It does not contain gathering or distribution pipelines, such as lines which deliver gas to a customer's home. Therefore, not all pipelines in an area will be visible in the Public Map Viewer. 

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