On June 18th, 2020, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners approved the Fiscal Year 2021 budget which includes the renewal of a chemical facility planning fee which goes into effect on July 1, 2020. This fee schedule is applicable to any entity that is legally required to file a Tier II chemical report form as part of Title III of the Federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) as amended. The fee assessed is based on the amount of chemicals reported at regulated facilities in Guilford County for the prior calendar year. This fee will assist in ensuring Guilford County is prepared to assist your company in preparing for and responding to chemical emergencies. This year, an additional surcharge has been added for facilities listed as Hazardous Waste Generators (LQG and SQG). This change has been reflected in the fee schedule below.
On January 1, 2015, the State of North Carolina began collecting a Tier II fee from facilities that are required to file under SARA Title III. The state’s fee was calculated based on the number of reported chemicals and collected by E-plan at the time of report submission. The chemical facility planning fee that is the subject of this letter is a fee that Guilford County has been collecting since 2012. It is separate and independent from the state’s Tier II fee.
If you have questions about the fee schedule or process, please contact Taylor Jones with Guilford County Emergency Management at 336-641-5393.
Fee Schedule Details
- Fees are calculated based off of the previous calendar year’s EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act) Tier II Submissions to the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
- Categories B – D are calculated in the following manner based on your Tier II submission:
- The facility quantity is calculated using the “Max. Daily Amount” for each chemical listed on the Tier II.
- Category E and F are applicable if the facility Tier II submission includes chemicals classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as an Extremely Hazardous Substance.
- Category G is applicable if the facility is an RMP regulated facility.
- Category H is applicable if the facility is a TSDF.
- Categories I and J are applicable if the facility is listed as a small or large quantity generator per the Environmental Protection Agency on the March 1st Tier 2 reporting deadline.
- Surcharges as listed in Categories E-J are added onto the base Category A – D to determine the total facility fee as applicable.