DO AS A BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY AND FAQ
Planning and Community Right-to-Know Laws?
that authorizes LEPCs to collect information and prepare emergency plans
is known as the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986
The Emergency Planing and Community Right-to Know provisions are in
III of this law. Consequently LEPC activities are often called SARA
Title III activities. The EPA Hotline at 1-800-535-0202 is an excellent
source of information on this law.
are required to file reports with the LEPC?
hazardous materials, as defined by OSHA regulations, in excess of
established by EPA are required to file Tier II reports.
What is a
Planning Quantity (TPQ)?
Quantity (TPQ) is the amount of an extremely hazardous substance
to be dangerous enough that the LEPC should make planning for accidents
involving these materials a high priority. The TPQ varies depending
on how hazardous the material is. The EPA has published a list of
TPQs. The list may be obtained by calling the EPA Hotline at
What is a
A Tier II
is a standardized reporting format that businesses use to report their
inventory of Extremely Hazardous Substances and /or Hazardous Materials
when required to do so. The form is used to gather information about
the facility and the quantity and location of materials.
How can I
out what my company needs to do?
Do we need to
fill out a report?
Check the flow
and see if you need to file a report or create a plan. Remember that
the EPA enforces OSHA rules concerning HAZMAT when you make your
If you’re still in doubt, call the EPA Hotline at 1-800-525-0202.
They will send you the information you need. The requirement to report
depends on four factors:
1. Type of
2. Presence of
If you have a
of hazardous materials, in addition to other agencies, you MUST notify
What is the
Emergency Response Commission (SERC)?
In Texas, the
has designated the State Emergency Management Council as the State
Response Commission (SERC). By law, the Director of the Department
of Safety (DPS) is the Director of the SERC. The Texas Natural Resource
Conservation Commission (TNRCC) is the lead agent for spill incidents.
The Texas Department of Health (TDH) is responsible for documenting
inventories and interpreting information for end users. The Texas
DPS, TNRCC, and the Fire Protection and Oil and Hazardous Material
Divisions of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Texas
Commission (TRC), and the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) have
responsibilities only under the Texas Emergency Management Plan.
These agencies are the primary response agencies. The SERC is required
to supervise and coordinate Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)
procedures for the receipt and processing of public requests for
collected under SARA Title III.
emergency plans submitted by the LEPCs.
· Make SARA
Title III information on chemical hazards available to the public.
The SERC may
by writing to:
Texas Division of Emergency Management
P.O. Box 4087, MSC 0223
Austin, TX 78733
Hidalgo County LEPC?
LEPC is a voluntary, non-profit organization with no steady source of
Sometimes the LEPC is successful in getting small grants from various
agencies for training or planning activities. Donations are accepted
from industry and private citizens wishing to contribute. You may
contribute by contacting Secretary of the LEPC in care of:
Tony Pena Jr.
1615 S. Closner, Ste. G
County LEPC make a plan?
responsible arranges to visit the facility and prepares their response
plan for a fire or accident. Representatives of the facility being
reviewed are invited to the meeting to provide background information
answer questions. Based on these things, the facility is added to
the city and county response plan.