Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act


Determining Your Notification and Reporting Requirements

GeoInsight shares your interest in protecting the public around your facility. GeoInsight's Toxic Use Reduction (TUR) planners, compliance specialists, scientists, and engineers provide cost-effective solutions to your EPCRA-related issues, ensuring that your organization is in full compliance.



EPCRA: Background, Purpose, and Determination

EPCRA established reporting and planning requirements for government agencies, American Indian territories, and industries that manage, store, or manufacture hazardous materials. This information is submitted to local, state, and federal emergency authorities to increase awareness of potential public health and safety risks in the event of an accident involving hazardous materials. The federal government administers the program, which is a key element in both community emergency preparedness and homeland security.


Applicability with EPCRA requirements is determined by a threshold planning quantity (TPQ) determination or review of material usage and storage. Material properties, such as toxicity or hazard, dictate the applicability threshold.  In addition to an initial notification for extremely hazardous substances, such as sulfuric acid, there are annual Tier II and toxic release inventory (TRI) reporting requirements.



GeoInsight’s EPCRA Services Include:

  • Conducting EPCRA compliance evaluations and identifying hazardous materials that are stored above the TPQs
  • Identifying extremely hazardous substances
  • Developing and submitting Tier II chemical inventory reports
  • Performing annual site reviews and audits to confirm facility data
  • Assisting in data revision and self disclosure reporting
  • Developing and submitting required annual TRI reports
  • Preparing Toxic Use Reduction (TUR) reports and plans
  • Developing Emergency Response Plans (ERPs) and Risk Management Plans (RMPs), and
  • Training employees in EPCRA requirements.

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Featured Case Study

Paint Manufacturer: EPCRA Compliance

GeoInsight assisted a paint manufacturer with their Tier II reporting and TRI annual reports. This includes reporting materials such as fuel oil, salt/sand piles, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia used for refrigeration, and sulfuric acid in batteries. In the case of this paint manufacturer, the chemicals included those with significant fire and toxicity hazards.

Featured Case Study

Potato Chip Manufacturing Facility: Toxic Release Inventory Reporting and Toxic Use Reduction Planning

GeoInsight completed the required EPCRA reporting for cleaning and sanitation chemicals used at a large chip manufacturing facility. This included a review of chemical usage and disposal data to confirm which chemicals must be reported. In addition, GeoInsight’s certified TUR Planner (TURP) completed an evaluation of options to reduce the use of toxics at the facility.

External Links

Community-Right-to-Know Act
USEPA's webpage

EPA's blog