For fiscal years 2020-2023, the EPA has announced seven enforcement and compliance assurance priority areas, six of which are classified as National Compliance Initiatives (NCIs). One NCI in particular reduces risk from hazardous chemicals, and its increased emphasis could impact EPCRA Tier II reporting significantly. Businesses and their EHS teams should therefore take note.
Specifically, the EPA has focused on the following NCI to improve compliance with environmental laws, which is where the impact on EPCRA Tier II reporting comes in. Their intent is also to “enhance shared accountability” between the EPA and states and tribes with authorized environmental programs.
The goal of this emphasized NCI, according to the EPA, is to reduce the risk to human health and the environment by decreasing the likelihood of chemical accidents. A successful initiative would reduce communities’ risk by having regulated facilities and industry associations work to:
Accurate and timely EPCRA Tier II reporting is key to achieving these outcomes.
Whereas the federal EPCRA program moves at a slower pace for Tier II relative to state and local agencies, SERCs and LEPCs typically update their Tier II reporting requirements on an annual basis. For the newest requirements and special submission instructions in each state, see the EPA’s web page for State Tier II Reporting Requirements and Procedures.
The EPA’s newest version of Tier2 Submit™ is for EPCRA Tier II reporting year 2020. This latest version features several notable updates over the previous 2019 release.
The Windows version of Tier2 Submit 2020 can be run on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 operating systems. The Macintosh version can be run on High Sierra (10.13), Mojave (10.14), Catalina (10.15), and Big Sur (11) operating systems. Operating systems not listed here have not been tested and are not supported. For download instructions, see the Tier2 Submit 2020 web page.
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Megan is Encamp’s VP of Compliance & Customer Success and formerly a Senior Environmental Scientist. But she’s also a Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer® (CESCO), an EHSMS Internal Auditor, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, eRailSafe certified, a HAZWOPER 40 Hour - Emergency Response Technician, and skilled in RCRA, DOT, and ISO 14001. Obviously, she knows “compliance.”