EPCRA - Community-Right-to-Know / Release Reporting Guidance Documents - Free

EPCRA - Community-Right-to-Know / Release Reporting Guidance Documents - Free

EPCRA - Community-Right-to-Know / Release Reporting Guidance Documents - Free

If you are looking for guideance and information about the The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986, the following list of documents distributed by the EPCRA hotline may help you. Please note that several of the documents are also available to download free right here (highlighted in blue). The others can be obtained by calling the EPCRA hotline at (800) 424-9346 or DC Area Local (703) 412-9810 or TDD (800) 553-7672 or TDD DC Area Local (703) 412-3323.

EPCRA 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 for and protect their communities from potential risks.

  • What is EPCRA?

Popular guides

Release Notifications

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)

EPCRA Training Guides

Older Guides , most are still available by calling the EPCRA hotline, but are no longer available online

  • For routine questions, call the EPCRA Hotline (703-412-9810 from all government locations and the Washington metropolitan local calling area; 1-800-424-9346 from all non-government locations outside the Washington metropolitan local calling area; 1-800-553-7672 TTY) between 9 am - 6 pm, Monday through Friday, Eastern Time.
  • Industry Specific:
    1. Spray Application and Electrodeposition of Organic Coatings PDF format; 1.3 MB
    2. Food Processors (Section 3.2.2.3 of this document has been edited for clarity) PDF format; 1.6 MB
    3. Guidance Documents for Newly-Added Industries
  • Chemical Specific:
    1. Guidance Document for Sulfuric Acid Aerosols (March 1998 Revision) (Section 3.1.5 of this document has been edited for clarity.) PDF format; 96 KB
  • General:
    1. Title III List of Lists (November 1998 Revision)
    2. Revised 1998 Questions and Answers Document (for Reporting Year 1999)
    3. Revised 1997 Questions and Answers Document (for Reporting Year 1998)
  • Accidental Release Information Program (ARIP) - Disk Version 7/95, 11-01-95, 550-F-95-007
  • Accidental Release Information Program (ARIP), Fact Sheet, (PDF format), 11-01-94, 550-F-95-007
  • Acute Hazardous Events Database (1989): Final Report, 12-01-89, 230-06-89-061
  • Acute Hazardous Events Database (1989): Appendices to Final Report, 12-01-89 , 230-06-89-062
  • Bibliographic Series (CEPP), 12-01-86, IMSD-86-005
  • Bibliography of Materials on the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (Title IIII of SARA), 8-01-91, 580-CE-91-002
  • CAA 112(r) Risk Management Plan (RMP) Final Rule, (PDF format), 6-20-96, 550-Z-96-002
  • CAMEO (user order form and letter from National Safety Council to Cameo users), 11-01-90
  • CEPPO Electronic Sources: Technical Assistance Bulletin, (PDF format), 4-01-96, 550-F-96-001
  • Chemical Accident Prevention and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, Fact Sheet, (PDF format), 5-01-96, 550-F-96-004
  • Chemical Accident Prevention, Smaller Operations: Focus Group Findings, 12-01-90
  • Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Advisory Ammonia, Series 8, Number 2, 9-01-91, OSWER 91-008.2
  • Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Advisory: Hydrogen Fluoride, Series 8, Number 3, 7-01-93, 550-K-93-001
  • Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Advisory Swimming Pool Chemicals: Chlorine, Series 8, Number 1, 5-01-91, OSWER 91-008.1
  • Chemical Hazards Big and Small, 4-01-90
  • Chemicals in Your Community: A Guide to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, 9-01-88, 550-K-93-003
  • Chemicals, the Press, and the Public: A Journalist's Guide to Reporting on Chemicals in the Community, 10-01-89, 550-B-89-200
  • Chemical Releases and Chemical Risks: A Citizen's Guide to Risk Screening, 9-01-89, 560-02-89-003
  • Chemical Risk Communication: Preparing for Community Interest in Chemical Release Data, 10-01-88
  • Chemical Safety Audit Program, Fact Sheet, 3-01-93, 550-F-93-005
  • Chemical Safety Audit Program: FY 1991 Status Report, 11-01-91
  • Chemical Safety For Your Community: Grant Products You Can Use, 6-01-96, 550-K-96-001
  • Clean Air Act List of Substances for Accidental Release Prevention, Fact Sheet, 9-01-94, 550-F-94-003
  • Clean Air Act Section 112(r); Excerpts from the Statute, Fact Sheet, (PDF format), 5-01-96, 550-F-96-005
  • Community Right-to-Know and Small Business, Understanding Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, 9-01-88, OSWER 88-005
  • Computer Systems for Chemical Emergency Planning: Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Technical Assistance Bulletin 5, Series 5, 9-01-89, OSWER 89-005
  • Criteria for Review of Hazardous Materials Emergency Plans (NRT-1A), 5-01-88, OSWER NRT-1A
  • Crosswalks-- Previously Titled: A Guide to Chemical Use in Industry; Extremely Hazardous Chemical/ SIC Code Crosswalks For EPCRA and Toxic Air Pollutant/Source Crosswalk- A Screening Tool for Locating Possible Sources Emitting Toxic Air Pollutants - DRAFT, 6-03-92
  • Developing a Hazardous Materials Exercise Program- A Handbook for State And Local Officials (NRT-2), 9-01-90, OSWERNRT-2
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986; Questions and Answers, June 1, 1989, 6-01-89, 550-K-89-100
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Report Staff Update October 1992, Volume 3, Number 6, 10-01-92
  • EPA's Role in the Federal Response Plan: Being Prepared for Catastrophic Disaster, (PDF format), 5-01-95, 550-F-95-006
  • Explaining Environmental Risk, Some Notes on Environmental Risk Communication, 11-01-86
  • Explosion Hazard From Ethyl Ether in Disaster Hospital Kits, 6-01-94 , 550-B-94-001
  • The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, A Report to the President, 5-01-89, OSWER 89VALDZ
  • Final Penalty Policy for Sections 302, 303, 304, 311, and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 and Section 103 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 6-13-90, OSWER 9841.24
  • Guidance Manual for EPA Chemical Safety Audit Team Members (Chemical Safety Audit Team), 12-01-90
  • Guidelines for Developing Community Emergency Exposure Levels for Hazardous Substances, 01-01-93, 744-R-93-005
  • Guidelines for Implementation of Section 507 of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (Small Businesses), 1-01-92
  • Guiding Principles for Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and Response, 2-01-93, 550-B-93-001
  • Handbook of Chemical Hazard Analysis Procedures, OSWER CHAP
  • Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Guide (NRT-1), 3-01-87, OSWERNRT-1
  • Hazardous Substances in Our Environment: A Citizen's Guide to Understanding Health Risks and Reducing Exposure, 9-01-90, 230-09-90-081
  • Hazards Analysis On the Move; SARA Title III (EPCRA) and Conducting a Commodity Flow Study, 10-01-93, 550-F-93-004
  • Hazmat Team Planning Guidance, 8-01-90, 540-G-90-003
  • Health and Environment Digest (A Publication of the Freshwater Foundation); January/February 1992; Volume 5, Number 11, 1-01-92, OSWER-HED
  • Hydrogen Fluoride Study; Report to Congress; Section 112(n)(6) Clean Air Act As Amended; Final Report, 9-01-93, 550-R-93-001
  • It's Not Over in October! A Guide for Local Emergency Planning Committees, Implementing the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (SARA Title III), 9-01-88, OSWER 90-004
  • Landview: Fact Sheet, (PDF format), 4-01-95, 550-F-95-003
  • List of Substances for Accidental Release Prevention; Clean Air Act Section 112(r), Fact Sheet, (PDF format) 5-01-96, 550-F-96-003
  • Making It Work: Hazards Analysis, Local Emergency Planning Committees, Implementing the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (SARA Title III), 9-01-92, OSWER 92-009.1
  • Making It Work: Secrets of Successful SERCS, Series 9, Number 3 , 1-01-93, 550-F-93-002
  • Making It Work: Title 3 Compliance, 9-01-91, OSWER 91-009.1
  • Managing Chemicals Safely, Putting It All Together, 3-01-92, 510-K-92-001
  • Model Risk Management Program and Plan for Ammonia Refrigeration, (Self-extracting file) 5-01-96, 550-B-96-013
  • National Response Team's Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (The One Plan), (WP 5.1 format), (PDF format), 6-05-96, 550-Z-96-001
  • Nationwide LEPC Survey: Summary Report, 10-01-94 , 550-S-94-001
  • Nationwide LEPC Survey, 10-01-94 , 550-R-94-001
  • NICT: How EPA Coordinates Response in a Catastrophic Disaster, (PDF format), 5-01-95, 550-F-95-005
  • Offsite Consequence Analysis Guidance, (WP 5.1 format), 5-01-96, 550-B-96-014
  • Opportunities and Challenges for Local Emergency Planning Committees: Bestsellers in EPCRA, 7-01-93, 550-B-93-002
  • Opportunities and Challenges for Local Emergency Planning Committees: Federal Laws and Technical Assistance; Technical Assistance Bulletin Volume 10, Number 1, 11-01-91, 530-F-91-003
  • The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act, 4-01-93, 400-K-93-001
  • Planners' Library on User-Friendly Software (PLUS): User's Guide, 9-01-93, 744-B-93-001
  • Report of a Conference on Risk Communication and Environmental Management: Technical Assistance Bulletin Number 4, 5-01-88, OSWER 89-009
  • Review of Federal Authorities for Hazardous Materials Accident Safety. Report to Congress Section 112(r)(10), Clean Air Act as Amended (Presidential Review), 12-01-93, 550-R-93-002
  • Review of Emergency Systems, Report to Congress Section 305(b) Title III Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 Final Report, 6-01-88, OSWER 305B
  • Risk Communication about Chemicals in Your Community, A Manual for Local Officials, 12-01-89, 230-09-89-066
  • Risk Communication about Chemicals in Your Community, Facilitator's Manual and Guide, 12-01-89, 230-09-89-067
  • Risk Management Plan Data Elements, (WP 5.1 format), 5-01-96, 550-B-96-012
  • Risk Management Plan Data Elements - Instructions, (WP5.1 format), 5-01-96, 550-B-96-012a
  • Risk Management Planning: Accidental Release Prevention Final Rule; Clean Air Act Section 112(r), Fact Sheet, (PDF format), 5-01-96, 550-F-96-002
  • SARA Title III Fact Sheet, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Series 9, Number 3 , 1-01-93, 550-F-93-002
  • Seven Cardinal Rules of Risk Communication, 5-01-92, 230-K-92-001
  • State Emergency Response Commission Contact List, 10-01-96
  • Substantiation to Accompany Claims of Trade Secrecy Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, OMB 2050-0078
  • Successful Practices in Title III Implementation- State of Ohio; Hamilton County, OH; Wallingford, CT; Oauchita Parish, LA; Series 6, Number 6, 9-01-90, OSWER 90-006.3
  • Successful Practices in Title III Implementation- Tinker Air Force Base, OK; State of Connecticut; Cumberland County, ME; Wyandotte County; KS; Series 6, Number 5, 6-01-90, OSWER 90-006.2
  • Successful Practices in Title III Implementation- New York, NY; El Paso County, CO; Alexandria, VA; State of Maine; Series 6, Number 4 , 3-01-90, OSWER 90-006.1
  • Successful Practices in Title III Implementation- Woodbury County, IA; State of Virginia; Fairfax County, VA; Pierce County, WA; Series 6, Number 3, 12-01-89, OSWER 89-006.3
  • Successful Practices in Title III Implementation- Calhoun County, AL; Pampa, TX; State of Wisconsin; Cuyahoga County, OH; Racine County, WI; State of Idaho; Series 6, Number 2, 8-01-89, OSWER 89-006.2
  • Successful Practices in Title III Implementation- State of Kansas; Washtenaw County, MI; Butler County, KS; Jefferson County, KY; Bulletin 6, Volume 1, 1-01-89, OSWER 89-006.1
  • Successful Practices in Title III Implementation- Cameron County, TX; Bucks County, PA; Hayford County, MD; Dallas County, TX; Series 6, Number 7, 2-01-91, OSWER 91-006.1
  • Successful Practices in Title III Implementation- Cherry Hill, NJ; Manitowoc County, WI; Greene County, MO; State of Hawaii; Arapahoe County, CO; Subject Index, Series 6, Number 8, 10-01-91, OSWER 91-006.2
  • Successful Practices in Title III Implementation- Natrona County, WY; Erie County, NY; State of Arizona; Mohave County, AZ; Subject Index, Series 6, Number 9, 9-01-92, OSWER 92-006.1
  • Successful Practices in Title III Implementation- State of Florida; District 5 LEPC, Florida; Monroe County, Michigan; State of Alaska; Subject Index; Series 6, Number 10, 9-01-93, 550-K-93-002
  • Supplemental Notice to Proposed Rule for Risk Management Planning CAA 112(r), Fact Sheet, (PDF format) 3-01-95, 550-F-95-002
  • Technical Guidance for Hazardous Analysis, Emergency Planning for Extremely Hazardous Substances, 12-01-87, OSWER 88-0001
  • Thinking About Deliberate Releases: Steps Your Community Can Take, 03-01-95, 550-F-95-001
  • Tier II Diskette - DOS (3.5"), 8-01-96
  • Tier II Diskette - Windows Version 2.02 (3.5"), 8-01-96
  • Tier II Form and Instructions Revised November 1990 (Hard Copy), 11-01-90, OMB 2050-0072
  • Tier I Form and Instructions Revised June 1990 (Hard Copy), 6-01-90, OMB 2050-0072
  • Title III - Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA Statute), 10-17-86
  • Title III List of Lists: Consolidated List of Chemicals Subject to The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act And Section 112(r) of The Clean Air Act (Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, And Title III of The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990), 4-01-95, 740-R-95-001
  • Title III on Indian Lands; A Guide to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act; Technical Assistance Bulletin, Volume 10, Number 2, 4-01-92, OSWER 92-009
  • Tort Liability in Emergency Planning: Technical Assistance Bulletin Number 7, 1-01-89, OSWER89TORT
  • Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals, Title III and Communities, An Outreach Manual for Community Groups, 9-01-89, 560-01-89-002
  • User's Guide to Federal Accidental Release Databases, 09/01/95, 550-B-95-001
  • What It Means to You, A Videotape on the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (brochure), 10-01-89
  • When All Else Fails! Enforcement of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act; A Self-Help Manual for Local Emergency Planning Committees, 7-01-90, 20S-0002
  • Why Accidents Occur: Insights from the Accidental Release Information Program, Chemical Accident Prevention Bulletin, Series 8, Number 1, 7-01-89, OSWER 89-008.1
  • Why You Need to Learn about Hazardous Substances, 550-K-91-100
  • 40 CFR Parts 300 and 355: Extremely Hazardous Substances List and Threshold Planning Quantities; Emergency Planning and Release Notification Requirements; Final Rule, 4-22-87, OSWER-42287
  • 40 CFR Part 350: Trade Secrecy Claims for Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Information; and Trade Secret Disclosures to Health Professionals; Final Rule, 7-29-88, OSWER-72988
  • 40 CFR Parts 350, 355, 370, and 372: Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms and Community Right-to- Know Reporting Requirements; Implementation of Reporting Requirements for Indian Lands, 3-29-89, OSWER-32989
  • 40 CFR Parts 350, 355, 370, 372: Community Right-to-Know Reporting Requirements; Final Rule, 7-26-90, OSWER-72690
  • 40 CFR Part 355; Extremely Hazardous Substances; Final Rule, (PDF format), 5-07-96
  • 40 CFR Part 370: Community Right-to-Know Reporting Requirements; Interim Final Rule and Supplemental Notice to Proposed Rule, 10-12-89, OSWER-101289
  • 40 CFR Part 370: Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms and Community Right-to-Know Reporting Requirements; Final Rule, 10-15-87, OSWER-101587
  • 1990 Hazardous Material Spills Conference and Exposition, May 13-17, 5-13-90
  • 1994 International Hazardous Material Spills Conference, October 31 - November 3; Hyatt Regency Hotel, Buffalo, NY: Case Studies, 10-31-94, 550-R-94-002
  • 1994 International Hazardous Material Spills Conference Program, October 31 - November 3; Hyatt Regency Hotel Buffalo, NY, 10-31-94, 550-K-94-002
  • 1996 International Hazardous Material Spills Conference Preliminary Agenda & Registration Form, June 26-29; Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Orleans, LA, 6-26-96
  • 1996 International Hazardous Material Spills Conference: Conference Program, 6-01-96, 550-R-96-001
  • 1996 International Hazardous Material Spills Conference: Case Studies, 6-01-96

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