Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Tier II Reporting

For Tier II Reporting inquiries, please call (518) 292-2862 or email your inquiry to serc.oem@dhses.ny.gov.

E-Plan in New York State

Traditionally, facilities required to report under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) have used the hard-copy Tier II form or some electronic variation (i.e., Tier2 Submit) as a means of complying with the inventory reporting requirements. This variance in reporting methodology often makes it difficult to utilize this information for State and local planning purposes. The State of New York has decided to accept and encourage the use of an electronic Tier II submission program as the primary means for companies operating in New York State to comply with federal chemical inventory reporting requirements.

The SERC Working Group has reviewed the capabilities of a Tier II reporting methodology known as E-Plan. E-Plan is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security(DHS) funded electronic database managed by the State University of Texas at Dallas. E-Plan is a secure, web-based system that includes the necessary and required elements to receive chemical inventory information from facilities that are required to report. The system includes a host of supportive information, import/export capabilities, and is currently being used in several counties in New York State.

The State has decided to accept the use of this web-based application for compliance purposes in reporting to the State. County Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and fire departments will determine whether or not electronic submission is a process that they are willing to accept for compliance with EPCRA Section 312.

The information in these links will provide you with key points in using electronic filing, as well as the background of chemical inventory reporting and what using E-Plan means to both industry and local government agencies.

E-Plan Fact Sheet

This fact sheet identifies the details on using E-Plan and is designed for all audiences that are considering using electronic reporting. This fact sheet should be reviewed in conjunction with the Local Government Primer.

County E-Plan Implementation Guide

This guide identifies several items and concerns that each LEPC should formally address in moving forward with E-Plan, including concepts for amending by-laws, responding to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests, and the process for authorizing access to the E-Plan system.

E-Plan

The State of New York uses E-Plan for accepting online submission of Tier II chemical inventory information. The program is available for use by local government and industry. As of 2014, there is a $25 filing fee per facility. If you choose not to pay the fee and file online through E-Plan, then please submit your hard copy Tier II report to the address given further down the page.

Current Best Practices

In the following counties, the LEPCs and the fire departments accept E-Plan to fulfill the chemical inventory requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA):

  • Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Clinton, Erie, Greene, Lewis, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Schoharie, and Yates.

In the following counties, only the LEPCs accept E-Plan to fulfill the chemical inventory requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA):

  • Cattaraugus, Chemung, Cortland, Essex, Franklin, Genesee, Jefferson, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Warren, Wayne, and Westchester.

For industries located within the city limits of New York City, local Tier II submissions and questions should be sent to DEP through the following website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/businesses/tier2.shtml

Tier2 Submit Software

The EPA has developed Tier2 Submit to help facilities prepare an electronic chemical inventory report.

Facilities which have used the EPA Tier2 Submit program in the past can upload their submission directly into the E-Plan system. For those still choosing to use Tier2 Submit, see the Facilities Submission Guide to assist in completing the fields in the Tier2 Submit program.

If you choose to continue to use the Tier2 Submit program, please note that due to technology concerns, our office will no longer be able to accept any electronic submissions of Tier II data in the form of CD, zip drive, or email attachment. Tier II submissions on paper may be mailed to:

New York State Office of Emergency Management
Tier II Reporting
1220 Washington Avenue
Building 22, Suite 101
Albany, NY 12226-2251

Tier II Reporting Requirements

Additional Information

As of March 31, 2005, the EPA Call Center is not providing support for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Underground Storage Tanks (UST), and Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST) programs. The decision to remove this service was made by the U.S. Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER).

Individuals seeking information on the RCRA and UST programs are being directed to EPA's Headquarters and Regional Offices at EPA Wastes contact page.