E-Plan Home Updates

*** September 2014: USING E-PLAN IN STATE OF MONTANA

*** June 2014: EO 13650 Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment

Status Report Fact Sheet. Also, click here to view the status report to the President, entitled Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment.   This report summarizes the Working Group’s progress, focusing on actions to date, findings and lessons learned, challenges, and short and long-term priority actions.  These priority actions are captured in a consolidated action plan, based on the information collected by the Working Group and focused on specific five thematic areas: 

  1. Strengthen Community Planning and Preparedness
  2. Enhance Federal Operational Coordination
  3. Improve Data Management
  4. Modernize Policies and Regulation
  5. Incorporate Stakeholder Feedback and Develop Best Practices

*** April 2014: Importing State / County data into CAMEOfm

While EPA’s CAMEOfm and Tier2Submit cannot import and export files that are larger than 2 GB, there are a couple of workarounds that you can import your State 2013 Tier II data into CAMEOfm.

  1. Download and import each County data separately.
  2. Download the entire State data, but delete the SitePlansTemp folder before importing the zip file.  Two scenarios:
    1. If you don't need the site plans, here's a workaround:
      1. Open up the zip file, delete the SitePlansTemp folder, and close the zip.
      2. Now try importing that zip file into CAMEOfm.  You'll get an error message that no site plan / document files were imported.  Click Done to continue.
    2. If you prefer to have the site plans, here's a workaround:
      1. Open up the zip file and drag the SitePlansTemp folder to your desktop.
      2. Delete the SitePlansTemp folder from the zip file and close the zip.
      3. Now try importing that zip file into CAMEOfm.  You'll get an error message that no site plan / document files were imported.  Click Done to continue.
      4. Close CAMEOfm.
      5. Move the * contents * of SitePlansTemp folder into your CAMEO’s SitePlans folder, which is probably C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\CAMEO Data\SitePlans.
      6. Finally, start CAMEOfm.

*** March 2014: Over 40,000 facilities filed their 2013 Tier II data directly into E-Plan

For the 2013 reporting year, the following States accepted E-Plan submittal:

  • State of Florida
  • State of Georgia
  • State of Mississippi
  • State of Montana
  • State of North Carolina
  • State of New York
  • State of South Carolina
  • State of Tennessee
Thank you for your support of E-Plan during the 2013 Tier2 filing period!

*** January 2014: E-Plan's Online Tier II eSubmit

UT Dallas offers the E-Plan’s Online Tier II Reporting System (https://tier2.erplan.net), which is fully compatible with the off-line Tier2 Submit Software developed by EPA.

E-Plan's Online Tier2 Submit User's Guide

Click here to view changes to the E-Plan's online Tier2 Submit form for filing year 2013. Also, view presentation.

*** Nov. 2013 - Jan. 2014: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security: Listening Sessions completed

On August 1, 2013, the President issued Executive Order (EO) 13650 - Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security - to improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to facility workers and operators, communities, and responders. Chemicals and the facilities that manufacture, store, distribute and use them are essential to our economy and livelihood, but the handling and storage of chemicals can present a risk that must be addressed (http://www.whitehouse.gov/lrD8O). As part of the EO, the Working Group co-chaired by EPA, DHS, and DOL held several listening sessions. The purpose of listening sessions was to obtain input from all stakeholders including federal and state agencies, local governments, organizations and citizens on specific areas of the EO.

E-Plan users and friends provided comments on the benefits of “E-Plan” to government and industry and asked the federal government to reinvest in the “E-Plan” program to standardize chemical facility reporting and information sharing. In fact, E-Plan supports directly to the requirements under Section 3 of the Executive Order.

1) Sec. 3(a)(iii) - Ready access to key information in a usable format:

Currently E-Plan provides ready access to key information of chemical facilities in a usable format to over 8,500 federal, state and local emergency managers and first responders. The system was designed by EPA, emergency managers and first responders in the fall of 2000.

2) Sec. 3(a)(v) - Information sharing and collaborative planning between chemical facility owners and operators, federal/state/local government personnel, and first responders:

Since year 2001, E-Plan has helped to enhance information sharing and collaborative planning between Tier II facility owners and operators, federal agencies, SERCs, LEPCs and first responders. A growing number of states adopt E-Plan as their Tier II reporting tool. Even states that have their own reporting tool are able to store their Tier II data in E-Plan.

3) Sec. 3(c) - DHS shall assess the feasibility of sharing CFATS data with SERCs, TEPCs, and LEPCs on a categories basis:

E-Plan database has RMP and Tier II data, which contains CFATS facilities. Additional CFATS data can easily be uploaded to E-Plan. The CFATS data will be marked and shared on permission based so that SERCs, TEPCs and LEPCs can access to the appropriate CFATS data information online via E-Plan.

All of the listening sessions were completed: Information on these sessions were posted to the Federal Register (https://www.govevents.com/). Written comments by in-person attendees and teleconference participants were submitted to eo.chemical@hq.dhs.gov.

  1. November 5, 2013 – Texas City, TX
  2. November 15, 2013 – Washington, DC
  3. November 19, 2013 – Springfield, IL
  4. November 25, 2013 – Webinar
  5. December 4, 2013 – Hamilton, NJ
  6. December 11, 2013 – Orlando, FL
  7. December 16, 2013 – Webinar
  8. January 8, 2014 – Sacramento, CA
  9. January 9, 2014 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm PT at Mount St. Mary's College, 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA
  10. January 10, 2014 from 1:00pm to 4:30pm PT at UCLA-James West Alumni Center, 325 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
  11. January 14, 2014 from 9:00am to 4:30pm ET at GSA's ROB Auditorium, 301 7th Street SW (7th & D Streets), Washington, DC
  12. January 24, 2014 from 9:00am to 4:30pm CT at Harris County Depart of Edu. Training & Conf. Cent, 6300 Irvington Blvd., Houston, TX

*** October 2013: Three options to choose when exporting data to PDF - Single file sort by Facility Name, Single file sort by Facility ID, or mulitple files in a Zip folder

*** August 26, 2013: Notified E-Plan users that E-Plan remains active. Click here to view.

*** April 2013: Added Facility ID to Facility Search

*** December 2012: Added Filing Type to Excel report

*** October 2012: Added NAICS and SIC codes to Excel report

*** July 2012: All chemicals point to the appropriate 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) link

*** June 2012: Highlight the facility "Type" box in green on Facility Information page to indicate that a document is present.

When a facility has a site plan or document attached, the facility "Type" box will be filled with green color (see image below).

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*** May 2012: Added chemical's physical state, hazards and health effects to Excel report
  • Physical state: Pure, Mixture, Solid, Liquid, Gas
  • Hazards: Fire, Pressure, Reactive
  • Health Effects: Acute, Chronic

*** E-Plan enhancement: Added two stars (**) to the "Additional Information" bar on Facility Information page to indicate that a document is present.

When a facility has a site plan or document attached, the Additional Information will display two stars (see image below).

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*** Automatic Plume Modeling went live on October 16, 2012

 

*** E-Plan feature: Visual Search

This Visual Search feature allows users to locate chemical facilities in the system based on a geographic coordinate. There are two ways to perform this visual search as follows:  

    • Find Facilities near address: Allows users to search for facilities within 5-mile radius around a given address.
      • Enter an address (e.g., Washington DC) and select the Map Address button to create a point on the map
      • Choose the radius in miles and click on the appropriate Find Facilities to search
      • The search result will appear.
    • Find facilities near selected point: Allows users to search for facilities within 5-mile radius around a selected point on the map.
      • Simply click on the map on a location and it will provide you with the latitude and longitude in the callout window
      • Choose the radius in miles and click on the appropriate Find Facilities to search
      • The search result will appear.

 


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