Rhode Island

Contact: Jeffrey Varone
Title: Battalion Chief, PFD
Phone: (401)527-9353
jvarone@providenceri.com

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Emergency Notification and Planning Requirements

Inventory Reporting (40 CFR 370.25, 370.40, 370.41) Under Section 312 of EPCRA, those facilities that are required under OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard regulations to prepare or have MSDSs available are also required to submit annual emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms to the state emergency response commission, the local emergency planning committee, and the fire department that has jurisdiction over the facility. The Tier II form includes chemical names, quantities, and locations of hazardous chemicals on-site. The report must be submitted on or before March 1 of each year.

The information in these reports does not include accidental releases or permitted discharges and is specifically targeted toward hazardous chemicals requiring MSDSs that are present on-site above the following threshold levels:
• All hazardous chemicals present at the facility at any one time in amounts equal to or greater than 10,000 lb. (4540 kg), and
• All extremely hazardous substances present at the facility in amounts equal to or greater than 500 lb. (227 kg -approximately 55 gal) or the threshold planning quantity, whichever is lower.

Facilities who submit inventory forms must allow the fire department to inspect the site upon request and must provide specific location information about hazardous chemicals at the facility. For more information on submitting Tier II forms the following website provides guidance from the RI Department of Labor and Training.

Emergency Planning (40 CFR 355.30) (EPCRA Section 302) A facility with quantities of extremely hazardous substances equal to or greater than the limits found in 40 CFR Part 355, Appendix A is required to notify the state emergency response commission within 60 days that the facility is subject to emergency planning requirements. The facility must designate a representative to participate in local emergency planning as a facility emergency response coordinator. The facility must also submit additional information to the local emergency planning committee upon request and notify them of any changes at the facility which might be relevant to emergency planning (i.e., designation of the emergency response coordinator, material changes in inventory) (40 CFR 355.10 through 355.30 and 40 CFR 355 Appendices A and B). The following website provides the list of EHS and the threshold planning quantities organized both alphabetically and by CAS number.
It is important to remember that many of these items are used on a daily basis throughout the country in large quantities without incident. However it is the responsibility of the city; in particular the LEPC Coordinator, to have the emergency responders and the community as a whole prepared for any incident that may occur.

Community Right-to-Know Requirements MSDS Reporting (40 CFR 370.21) Under Section 311 of EPCRA, those facilities which are required under OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard regulations to prepare or have Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) available are also required to submit copies of the MSDSs (or corresponding lists as described below) to the state emergency response commission (SERC), local emergency planning committee (LEPC), and the fire department with jurisdiction over the facility. MSDSs (or corresponding lists) must be submitted for each hazardous chemical present at the facility according to the following thresholds:
• All hazardous chemicals present at the facility at any one time in amounts equal to or greater than 10,000 lb. (4540 kg) (Note: Hazardous chemicals requiring an MSDS are chemicals designated by OSHA under 29 CFR 1910.1200), and
• All extremely hazardous substances present at the facility in amounts equal to or greater than 500 lb. (227 kg - approximately 55 gal) or the threshold planning quantity, whichever is lower.

If a hazardous chemical is present in a mixture, the facility can either provide information on the mixture or on each hazardous chemical component of the mixture. Instead of submitting the MSDSs, the facility can submit a list of hazardous chemicals for which MSDSs are required, grouped by hazard category (e.g., immediate health hazard, delayed health hazard, fire hazard, sudden release of pressure hazard, and reactive hazard). The list must include the chemical or common name of each substance. If the facility provides a list, it must provide a copy of the MSDS for any chemical on the list within 30 days of a request from the local emergency planning committee. If a new hazardous chemical exceeds the threshold limit or significant new information is discovered, the facility has 3 months to submit the revised list of chemicals or new MSDS.

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Rhode Island Map of LEPC Areas

 

Contact All Rhode Island LEPC's:

LEPC 1 - Woonsocket
LEPC 2 - Providence
LEPC 3 - Cranston
LEPC 4 - Wakefield
LEPC 5 - East Providence

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