Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requires facilities to inform certain state and local entities about the presence and amounts of hazardous chemicals they keep on site.
Under Section 312, the owners/operators of a facility subject to the provisions of EPCRA are required to submit an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form to the local emergency planning committee, the state emergency response commission and the local fire department. States and localities, under their own laws and ordinances may require facility owners to submit information that is supplemental to Section 312 requirements.
On January 1, 2015, North Carolina began collecting a Tier II fee from facilities that are required to file under EPCRA. The state’s fee will be calculated based on the number of reported chemicals and collected by E-plan at the time of report submission. The Hazardous Facility Planning Fee that Guilford County has been collecting from Tier II reporting facilities since 2012 is separate from the state fee. Guilford County’s fee is based upon maximum annual quantity of total EPCRA reportable chemicals on-site. Facilities will receive a bill from Guilford County in August for the Hazardous Facility Planning Fee.
Information Below details how agencies within Guilford County process and handle Tier II Data.
The Guilford County LEPC (inclusive of the Cities of Greensboro and High Point) requires electronic submission of Tier II files directly into E-Plan (www.erplan.net) and will not accept paper submissions. This EPlan submittal fulfills your Tier II reporting requirements to submit to the LEPC, Fire Department, and North Carolina Emergency Management.
To file electronically, go to www.erplan.net and click on the EPlan – Online Filing (Tier Two) option sentence written in Red directly under the WELCOME title. Training on the program is available on the website under “EPlan Online Training.”
The City of Greensboro has provided step by step directions which can be accessed by clicking on this link: Greensboro Tier II Information
EPlan also provides for the addition of contingency plans, site maps, etc., under the Additional Documents section.
Again, if you submit to EPlan, please do not submit hard copy Tier II forms to the Fire Departments in High Point, Greensboro, Guilford County, The Guilford County LEPC, or North Carolina Emergency Management. Hard copy reports will be returned to the sender unopened.
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The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as SARA Title III, contains regulations regarding the storage and release of hazardous materials, including the Tier II requirements. The Guilford County LEPC has prepared this guide to assist Guilford County businesses in compliance with these federal regulations. The guide also addresses the requirements of the North Carolina Right-to-Know Act.