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June 2017

Fact Sheet: Technical Amendment - Revisions to Hazard Categories for Reporting under EPCRA Sections 311 and 312

    This fact sheet covers the final rule which revises the hazard categories for reporting under Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Click here to view the Technical Admendment.

April 2017

E-Plan had a great year of 2016 Tier II data collection

As of March 1, 2017, E-Plan collected over 44,000 Tier II data submissions for reporting year 2016 from organizations in 41 states. Several organizations created their Tier II reports using E-Plan, exported data to the appropriate form, and submitted to their State SERC.

For the 2016 reporting year, the following States accepted E-Plan submittal:

  1. State of Alabama (first year)
  2. State of Florida
  3. State of Georgia
  4. State of Mississippi
  5. State of Montana
  6. State of North Carolina
  7. State of New York
  8. State of South Carolina
  9. State of Tennessee
Thank you for your continued support of E-Plan!

December 2016

EPA - Final Amendments to the Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized amendments to the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements for Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7). Click here to view the Final Amendments.

August 2016

Notification of OSHA PSM Guidance Products Public Review

As part of the action items listed in the Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment report to the president, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) committed to developing three guidance documents for specific process safety management (PSM) covered industries. They are:

  1. Process Safety Management Explosive and Pyrotechnics Manufacturing Guidelines for Compliance
  2. Process Safety Management Small Business Guidelines for Compliance
  3. Process Safety Management Storage Facilities Guidelines for Compliance

In order to ensure that these products provide useful and accurate information, OSHA is opening docket OSHA-2016-0021 to allow submission of comments. Any interested party may submit comments, through September 23rd, 2016. All such comments can be submitted to OSHA’s docket OSHA-2016-0021 via the government's e-regulatory portal, www.regulations.gov. (direct link: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=OSHA-2016-0021)

June 2016

EPA - Hazardous Chemical Reporting: Community Right-to-Know; Revisions to Hazard Categories and Minor Corrections

    Click here to view the Final Rule: Technical Amendment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending its hazard categories in the regulations (40 CFR part 370) for reporting under Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) due to the changes in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). For more information: https://www.epa.gov/epcra/epcra-non-section-313-amendments-and-guidance

May 2016

EPA - Adopting XML as the format of Tier2 Submit submission files

    EPA will be adopting XML as the format of Tier2Submit submission files for reporting year 2016.

March 2016

E-Plan had another strong year of Tier II data collection

Over 45,000 facilities filed their 2015 Tier II data directly into E-Plan.

For the 2015 reporting year, the following States accepted E-Plan submittal:

  1. State of Florida
  2. State of Georgia
  3. State of Mississippi
  4. State of Montana
  5. State of North Carolina
  6. State of New York
  7. State of South Carolina
  8. State of Tennessee
Thank you for your continued support of E-Plan!

November 2015

EPCRA (non-313) On-line Training for States, Tribes, LEPCs and Local Planners and Responders

The EPCRA (non-313) On-line Training for States, Tribes, LEPCs and Local Planners and Responders is now available at the National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) eLearning Center website: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/epcranon313nonepa/event/event_info.html

This course explains the requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and its implementing regulations. It provides key information to States, Tribes, LEPCs, and local planners and responders on their role under EPCRA and supports these agencies in fulfilling their responsibilities prescribed in the law in order to prepare and protect the community from chemical emergencies.

Made up of an Overview, a Resources page, a Course Evaluation/Survey and 4 instruction Modules:

  1. Module 1: EPCRA Sections 301, 302, and 303: Planning for Chemical Emergencies (6 lessons)
  2. Module 2: EPCRA Sections 311 and 312: Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reporting (3 lessons)
  3. Module 3: EPCRA Section 304 and CERCLA Section 103 (4 lessons)
  4. Module 4: EPCRA Sections 322-326 (5 lessons)

Summary: This online training course is designed to help state, local, and tribal agencies to know the requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and its implementing regulations. This course supports these agencies in fulfilling their responsibilities prescribed in law. It is also designed to prepare them for chemical emergencies and to provide compliance assistance to facilities. Participants in this course will learn facilities' requirements providing information on the storage and releases of hazardous chemicals and how state and local agencies should use that information to prepare and protect the community from chemical emergencies. Learners need to take all four modules in order to complete the course. Each lesson contains text, interactive exercises, interactive Flash-based exercises, and knowledge checks.

You may click on any of the Lessons in any of the Modules. You may also download the pdf files for each of the lessons. There is no certificate of completion associated with this course. Please complete the course evaluation. Registration is required to access the training. Total expected time to complete the 4 modules is a little over 11 hours (based on the posted length of each lesson).

November 2015

Changes to EPA's 2015 Tier2 Submit:

  1. Title is required for the following contact types: Emergency Contact, Tier II Information Contact, and Fac. Emergency Coordinator.
  2. First name is required for emergency contacts.
  3. NAICS code is required to be a 6-digit code (E-Plan added a drop-down list of latest NAICS codes).

October 2015

Enhance the CAMEO Suite - Challenges related to development of Web-accessible Tier2 Submit and CAMEOfm

Decision: EPA/NOAA CAMEO team will NOT develop web accessible Tier2 Submit or CAMEOfm at this time

  1. EPA/NOAA cannot by law collect or host the Tier II data
  2. Deployable server version technically very challenging and resource intensive
  3. Hesitation by stakeholders due to staffing and IT required support
  4. Existing available systems (T2S and CAMEOfm, State developed systems, E-Plan, and third party solutions) adequate for majority stakeholders

August 2015

Notified E-Plan users and friends that the 7th annual E-Plan users' group conference will be held in Raleigh, NC on November 4 & 5, 2015. Click here to register.
  1. MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER - Our goal for this year’s conference is to bring together the facility workers and operators, communities, and responders to gather the most accurate and complete database of information.
  2. TOPICS ON HOW TO WORK TOGETHER IN AN EMERGENCY - We will be having speakers from facility owners and operators, local and state first responders, and federal partners.
  3. TIMELY ASSESSMENT OF INFORMATION COLLECTION AND SHARING - We will provide in-depth training for first responders on how to use E-Plan and for industry on how to submit Tier II reports using E-Plan.

March 2015

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

For the 2014 reporting year, the following States accepted E-Plan submittal:

  1. State of Florida
  2. State of Georgia
  3. State of Mississippi
  4. State of Montana
  5. State of North Carolina
  6. State of New York
  7. State of South Carolina
  8. State of Tennessee
Thank you for your support of E-Plan during the 2014 Tier2 filing period!

October 2014

2014 payment module for the State of North Carolina

    UT Dallas designed, tested and implemented a new payment module in E-Plan for State of North Carolina. This project was completed in December, 2014. Facilities in NC have filed their 2014 Tier II data in E-Plan and paid the State Tier II filing fee via the NC State Bank online payment system.

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

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.

November 2013 - January 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/the-press-office/2013/08/01/executive-order-improving-chemical-facility-safety-and-security). 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

August 26 2013

Notified E-Plan users that E-Plan remains active. Click here to view.