The Section receives annual Tier II chemical inventory reporting on behalf of the State, provides guidance to industry on chemical reporting compliance, and maintains chemical inventory data.
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 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.
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.
E-Plan offers online training at no cost, click on the link: E-Plan Training. This link offers an E-Plan webinar that provides Tier II filers with basic knowledge and skills to create a report using the E-Plan online reporting system. Also available is a training video for online Tier II submittal, this training provides company managers with the basic knowledge of the E-Plan system to create a report you can submit to your start to meet their requirement for filing of (SARA Title III) Tier II Emergency Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reports. The E-Plan user video training provides first responders, homeland security officials, emergency management officials, and other federal/state/local personnel with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to use the E-Plan system and to perform facility search and chemical search within their jurisdiction area.
Tier 2 Submit Sotftware
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.
Industry in New York City
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
On October 23, 2018, America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) was signed into law, amending numerous provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The amendment included updates to EPCRA requiring that community water systems have access to hazardous chemical inventory data, and that they receive prompt notification of any release of a hazardous substance that potentially affects their source water. Community water system owner/operators can request access to E-Plan to obtain Tier II inventory data through their county Local Emergency Planning Committee or through our office at [email protected] or via phone at (518) 292-2302.