OECS, Inc. will assist companies in complying with The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act also knows as SARA (As amended the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act). This would include onsite evaluation of chemicals emitted, processed, manufactured and stored. We develop operational programs for compliance in addition to the periodic training of the company’s actual program. Roles and responsibilities are part of the periodic training. OECS, Inc. will also conduct periodic audits of the SARA program to ensure the internal reporting and follow through are complied with. We also perform annual reporting requirements for SARA 313. The following is a simplified explanation of each SARA part.
SARA 302/304 – These two regulations are similar to each other. The program is specific only to materials which are listed as “Extremely Hazardous Substances” (EHS). The purpose of the regulation is to let the state, the local emergency planning commission and the fire department know that you have EHS stored at your site in excess of the Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ). Any facility who stores any EHS in amounts greater than the TPQ for any one day must file SARA 302/304 reports and have an Emergency Response Plan implemented in the event of a chemical release, which can be fairly extensive.
SARA 311/312 – These two regulations are also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act. The purpose of the regulation is to let the state and the local emergency planning commission know you have significant (more than 10,000 lbs.) amounts of hazardous materials stored at your site. Periodic reporting is required.
SARA 313 - This regulation is often referred to as Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Form R or A reporting. This is very data oriented and time consuming to comply with. It requires a facility who Manufactures, Processes, or “Otherwise Uses” a listed material to complete forms indicating how much was used and where did it all go. Various industries may be required to file a Form R or A Report which is strictly dependent on the amount used of any listed materials in the facility’s operational activities. It is likely a company will need a Pollution Prevention Plan (another regulatory requirement), which addresses what a company is doing to reduce the amount of pollution generated.
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