The Story Behind The Practical Guide

In October 1986, the U.S. Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), a federal law spurred by a series of accidental chemical releases in other areas of the globe. The worst incident happened in December 1984 at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, where the release of deadly methyl isocyanate gas killed an estimated 16,000 people and injured thousands more. Within a 5-year period before and after the Bhopal disaster, roughly 7,000 chemical accidents also occurred in the United States. Under the EHS umbrella, Congress passed EPCRA to reduce the likelihood of further disasters involving hazardous and toxic chemicals in the U.S.

Where does all this Tier II and compliance expertise come from?

The Tier II Guide’s author is Megan Walters, Encamp’s Director of Compliance. She’s a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), a Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer® (CESCO) and an EHSMS Internal Auditor. Some of Encamp’s other senior compliance experts also pitched in. Between Encamp and their past lives as EHS consultants, they’ve collectively submitted hundreds of Tier II filings — and have made Encamp the largest third-party filer of Tier II reports in the country.

About this Tier II Guide

We realize not every EHS professional is a Tier II reporting authority. That’s why the Tier II Guide covers the who, what, why, when and how of environmental compliance and reporting in a way that’s straightforward and helpful. You know, practical.

The Details
  • Who Must Report, and How to Comply
  • Common Problems: Mixtures, Lead-Acid Batteries, and State Requirements & Submission Portals
  • Common Reporting Errors
  • Latest Updates for Tier II
  • Tips to Get Prepared for Next Year – 2021

Take note: 3 things

1. For environmental compliance on the federal level, if quantities of hazardous chemicals meet either of these thresholds, you must submit a Tier II report:10,000 pounds of any substance for which a safety data sheet (SDS) is required

500 pounds or the Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ) of any Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS), whichever is less

2. One of the most common Tier II reporting mistakes is incorrectly designating EHSs or failing to designate a chemical as an EHS.

3. For Tier II reporting by state, the most common issue is determining what each state requires. Some have chemical quantity thresholds that differ from the federal level. Many states require additional info on the chemicals being reported. Others require additional information on the facility, Encamp is “50-state aware” and understands these various state requirements.

The ins and outs of Tier II reporting and environmental compliance are many. “How, exactly, does all of this apply to my facility and the chemicals we use and store?” The Tier II Guide is a helpful resource to help you navigate regulations and reporting. And it’s free. Put it to use to submit Tier II reports with confidence.